Badou Jack (22-1-4), 13 KOs versus Marcus Browne (20-0), 15 KOs
Boxing: Saturday, January 19, 2019 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada 10:00pm EST
Odds: Browne +150
Free Boxing Pick Badou Jack vs. Marcus Browne
In the first major event of 2019, two of boxing’s best ranked fighters will meet in Las Vegas. Badou Jack “The Ripper” takes on “Sir” Marcus Browne for the WBA Interim Light-Heavyweight title Saturday, January 19. Jack comes into this fight off his draw with Adonis Stevenson and is the slight favorite in this contest. Marcus Browne comes in fresh off his 22nd consecutive victory, that came versus Lenin Castillo. That fight went the full 10 rounds, but was won by Browne unanimously, even after an early knockdown by Castillo. This was only the second time Browne has been knocked in his last five fights. But after he bounced back up, the fight began to resemble the three previous fights Browne had won in knockout fashion. In those three fights, Browne dominated his opponents, knocking them down a total of six times in only nine rounds of fighting. Two of those fights didn’t even get to the end of the 2nd round. This underscores the momentum Browne carries into Saturday. Browne has never lost a fight, so really he looks to continue to bring his hard hitting style, coupled with his power and quickness into his bout with Jack. But this will undoubtedly be Browne’s toughest matchup to date, as Jack brings in more experience and technical ability than that of his opponent.
Badou Jack looks to continue to cement who he is in the boxing world today as an established star. Badou has lost only one time in his career in what you might call a bad night. It almost seems like a blip that Jack has all but forgotten as he has since amassed a record of 6-0-2. But if you just isolate the last three fights, Jack has only one win. In an impressive KO victory over Nathan Cleverly, Jack danced circles around his opponent, stringing off several shots that just wore down his opponent. His technique was too as he just overwhelmed him. But I don’t see the same thing happening against Browne because he is a different fighter than Cleverly. Browne is a guy who time and time again manages to get punches out and overwhelm his opponent. Jack did show he was able to adjust on the fly and just started wearing down on his opponent, and he will have to keep that same energy if he wants to come out standing against Browne.
Marcus needs to come out in this fight as an aggressor to show who he is in his first real marquee matchup. This is not Jack’s first rodeo. Jack has put on some of the best fights that we have has seen in recent memory, against some of boxing’s finest fighters. Rarely has Jack looked unprepared and overmatched, no matter who it is on the other side of that ring, and that reputation is why Jack has the slight edge in this contest. His opponent has never been in a fight of this magnitude. This is Browne’s first fight in MGM Grand Arena. This only adds to the narrative that Marcus Browne has not been tested like he will against Jack. But Browne does have a history of resilience, and when he gets rattled early, he has always been able to regain control and take home the victory. He’ll rely on that resilience more than ever this Saturday when he enters the biggest fight of his career.
Free Boxing Prediction Marcus Browne vs. Badou Jack
This fight is a pretty even matchup. For Jack it’s about remaining true to the fundamentals. He must maintain his edge as the more experienced fighter to keep Browne at bay. If Browne can string off shots and wear down Jack, he could set himself up for a huge finish. I just wonder about his preparation coming in. Jack is a guy where if u aren’t ready, he will exploit you and all your weaknesses, and even if you are ready he still will find a way to stay in it. This is a fight where you can take the feisty underdog if you’re into that type of thing, but I question if he will be ready for the fight he’s got on Saturday.
Jack (-185) by decision