Terence Crawford vs Dierry Jean Boxing Betting Preview
A terrorist on the ring with his fists, and a charmer with his charities in the streets; Terence Crawford is a two-faced man who has it all. And he comfortably lives both lives without caring much about the spotlight. That’s probably why, though he sports an immaculate 26-0 career record in his boxing career, you’ve probably haven’t heard much about him like Floyd Mayweather or Wladimir Klitschko, unless you are an ardent boxing betting aficionado.
But make no mistake confusing his big heart and charitable activities for a soft and easy opponent, the 5’8″, 140-pound boxer is a monster on the ring, something that is affirmed by his 18 KOs in the 26 wins, along with the WBO Super Lightweight belt currently on his name.
Quick Look at the Terence Crawford vs Dierry Jean Boxing Betting Preview
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So thick and fast are the plaudits coming for Crawford, nicknamed “Bud”, that many boxing pundits believe he will be the next person to fight Manny Pacquiao, who intends to fight one more bout before running for elections in Philippines.
But before the Crawford-Pacquiao fight happens, the 28-year-old fighter, who was considered as the 2014 Fighter of the Year, will be going against Dierry Jean this weekend in the bid to defend his WBO World Super Lightweight title for the first time.
Venue: Century Link Center in Omaha, Nebraska
Date: Saturday, October 24, 2015
Time: 6:30 PM PT, 8:00 PM ET
The once beaten Jean (29-1) is a man who’s been on the block for quite a while and his lone loss came against Lamont Peterson in a world title bid on January 2014. Since that loss, he has bounce back in a solid way, winning his last four fights in a row, including the June 2015 victory over Jerry Belmontes.
The 33-year-old Haitian fighter based in Montreal has just been as impressive in the ring, scoring 20 KOs in his 30 professional fights. And after losing to Peterson in his hometown (Washington D.C.), which saw him drop down his class to lightweight, Jean would certainly want to take advantage of his vast experience to avoid a defeat to Crawford, who will have the edge of fighting in his hometown (Omaha, Nebraska).
What Gives Jean Better Boxing Odds?
Despite his advanced age that could wind him out against the younger and faster Crawford, the 5’6.5″, 140-pound fighter boasts of better reach (72 inches) than his opponent (70 inches). In addition, Jones has continued to show solid speed and agility in his fights, something that is confirmed by the fact that his last seven wins have come by way of knockout.
Not to mention, this will be Jean’s fourth career fight outside the comforts of his home country of Canada, so he should be well battle-tested for this clash. If he can find a way of stopping Crawford from controlling the pace, this fight will be very winnable, given his hard-to-defend rugged fighting skills that come packed with a strong right hand, which has enabled him to knock down more than three-quarters of his opponents so far.
What Gives Crawford the Edge?
Though this will the first time Crawford is defending his WBO World Super Lightweight title, he has previously defended two titles successfully, hence should be knowledgeable about what it takes to retain the belt.
Plus, the undefeated Crawford is arguably the best all-rounded fighter in his weight class, as he can easily switch-hit with effeciency from both southpaw and orthodox stances. Since winning his first world title at lightweight in 2014 when he beat Ricky Burns on the road in Scotland, Crawford has continuously showed tremendous consistency, with solid wins over Yuriorkis Gamboa and Ray Beltran both in Omaha to close out 2014. Currently, he is coming off an April win over Thomas Dulorme, his only fight on the year, meaning he is well-rested and trained enough for Saturday’s test.
At the moment, it all looks like this bout is Crawford’s to lose, considering his impressive run in boxing odds so far. Still, he must duly note that Jean’s lone loss to Peterson went a full 12 rounds and was a close contest, so underestimating his challenger could very easily lead to an upset.
Crawford-Jean Fight Betting Prediction
It’s obvious that Jean will go the distance and give Crawford a hell of a challenge, but given that the home-favored title defender has shown nearly no weakness in his offense or defense so far in his career; it doesn’t look like the Canadian will be having it easy. Added to the comfort of fighting at home, Crawford should be good value in the weekend’s boxing betting lines for an easy decision victory.