Boxing Picks: Mendez & Ramirez Will Fight For Over 9 Rounds

Jake Walker

Monday, July 4, 2016 9:04 PM UTC

Monday, Jul. 4, 2016 9:04 PM UTC

Jose Carlos Ramirez will fight Tomas Mendez at the Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino in Lemoore, California on July 9. Can Mendez beat the boxing odds?

Ramirez is 17-0 with 12 knockouts ahead of this intriguing fight. This will be his fifth bout since 2015 and he comes off a 10 round unanimous decision win over Manuel Perez on the undercard of Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley on April 9. 

Jose Carlos Ramirez is just 23 years old and he's considered a talented prospect. His win against Perez was the biggest and most impressive of his career and he hopes to keep fighting often and remain unbeaten to build up his resume. 

In the ring, Ramirez is very active, he isn't afraid of throwing punches and his 12 knockouts in 17 fights tell us that he has what it takes to end his opponents whenever there's a chance. In fact, he has seven knockouts on his last 11 fights. What impresses me the most about Ramirez is how he works the bodies of his opponents. His defense has to improve though because it seems that he takes unnecessary hits at times, but he has all the tools to become a star boxer.

Tomas Mendez is 21-7 with 14 knockouts. Mendez has struggled a bit lately, losing two of his last three fights by decision (to Eudy Bernardo and Evans Pierre). Mendez is from the Dominican Republic and this will be the first fight of his career outside of his native country. He is very experienced but his resume also indicates that he has lost all the big fights he's been involved in (against Julio De Jesus, Eudy Bernardo and Evans Pierre). 
What can help Mendez against Ramirez is that his punches have power and that he will trade blows with his opponents if he has to. Mendez isn't scared of anyone and he is always looking to get his licks in. As mentioned above, he has 14 knockouts in 28 fights and seven of those knockouts have come in his last nine wins. 


Betting Analysis
Ramirez is the better boxer in this fight, that much is clear, but Mendez has way more experience (119 rounds) and that can't be ignored. The boxing odds favor Ramirez at all online sportsbooks, and with good reason, as Mendez hasn't fought anyone as talented and his losses in big time fights tip the scale in favor of Ramirez. There's not much betting value on Ramirez at -10000 so my boxing pick will be on the fight lasting over 9 rounds because Mendez has proven that he can take damage and he will keep Ramirez busy. 

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Boxing Pick: Over 9.5 Rounds (-400)
Best Line Offered: at bet365

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