Expert Sports Picks: Jr. middleweight champion Jermall Charlo will make his homecoming when he makes the first defense of his I.B.F. title against Wilky Campfort. Jermall Charlo vs Wilky Campfort Odds have Charlo as a huge 50 to 1 boxing betting favorite with 60% of boxing predictions on Charlo -5000. Campfort, 21-1, 12 KO’s, is a big punching Hatian contender that will be taking a big step up in class against the champ. Charlo, 22-0, 17 KO’s, is regarded as one of the best young talents in boxing and stopped Cornelius Bundrage in just 3 rounds to win the I.B.F. strap. The bout will be aired as part of the Premier Boxing Champions series at 3 PM ET on NBC. Can the big hitting underdog spoil the champ’s first title defense in front of his home crowd? ESPN2 News analyst give away their Boxing Predictions. Jermall Charlo vs Wilky Campfort Odds have Camfort as a +1700 underdog (Bet $100 to win $1700) at BOVADA.LV
Wilky Campfort – Boxer: The heavily-muscled 5’10” Haitian slugger is a Puncher/Boxer with a big left hook. Campfort, 31, is a skilled fighter with good technique and athleticism. Campfort has fast hands, a crisp jab and strong punch resistance. Campfort is a physically imposing fighter that can rough up fighters on the inside with bodypunches and pressure. “Silky” is a dedicated athlete that owns and operates his own gym. Campfort has an excellent trainer in savvy boxing veteran Milton LaCroix. On the downside, Campfort lacks head-movement, is flat-footed and punches too wide. Campfort has never been past 8-rounds in his career or faced a B-level fighter. Jermall Charlo vs Wilky Campfort Odds Over/Under is at 8.5 Rounds BOVADA
Jermall Charlo – Boxer: The lanky 6’0″ Puncher/Boxer Charlo is a fast-twitch fighter with power in both hands. “The Hitman” is aggressive and explosive with a long, powerful jab (73″ reach). Charlo knows how to use his reach effectively and is a difficult target to catch cleanly with his shifty movement. Charlo can also fight toe-to-toe and shorten his punches up on the inside. Charlo, 25, is poised and knows how to pick his spots and set up punches with feints. On the downside, Charlo has a skinny frame that makes him vulnerable to bodyshots. Charlo’s chin is untested and he has never faced above a B-level fighter. Charlo has never went the 12-round distance with his longest bout 10 rounds.
ESPN2 News Bottom Line: Charlo appears to be bigger, faster, slicker and classier. Campfort is a warrior that will bring the heat but Charlo’s ability to box and move will be a big factor. In front of his home crowd the I.B.F. champ should outbox the game but still green brawler. Bet Camfort to last the distance but come up short on the scorecards. Campfort has a punchers chance with Charlo having never been chin checked. Taking a flier on the banger is worth a tickle at +1600. Betting the Over 8.5 rounds prop is worth a bet with Campfort’s level of strength and durability.
Boxing Predictions: Jermall Charlo 117-109
Charlo/Campfort Boxing Betting Tale-Of-The-Tape
Height/Reach: Charlo +2
Strength/Size: Charlo +1
Hand Speed/Accuracy: 8/6
Boxing Ability: 8/5
Confidence/Focus: Charlo +1
Judges Scoring: Charlo +2
ESPN2 News Charlo vs Campfort Odds: Charlo -1200