Jermaine Franklin vs Isaac Munoz Gutierrez Preview July 15th, 2023
Heavyweight hopeful Jermaine Franklin Jr of Saginaw, Michigan returns to the ring this Saturday, July 15th in nearby Detroit when he takes on unbeaten Isaac Munoz Gutierrez of Mexico. The 10-rounder can be seen live in most nations on DAZN. Franklin last fought in April when he dropped a 12-round unanimous decision to former heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua for his second straight defeat while Gutierrez was last in the ring in November when he beat Jhan Carlo Delgado via an eight-round unanimous decision.
Franklin vs Gutierrez Betting Odds
- Isaac Munoz Gutierrez +700
- Jermaine Franklin -1000
The 29 year-old Franklin climbs through the ropes with a mark of 21-2 with 14 Ko’s and has boxed 123 rounds since making his pro debut in 2015 following an amateur career which saw him win the 2014 USA National Golden Gloves final and lose in the final the previous year. He’s 6-feet-3-inches tall with a 77-inch and possesses pretty good power in his fists with a current knockout ratio of 61 per cent but has recorded just one stoppage in his last seven fights.
Franklin took a step up in class last November in his tilt against Dillian Whyte and passed the test as many fans felt he did enough to earn at least a draw but was handed a 12-round majority decision defeat. Of course, a win or draw is almost an impossibility in the UK for a foreign boxer though unless he dominates the proceedings.
He then returned to England five months later for his next contest against Anthony Joshua and dropped 12-round unanimous decision. Franklin has beaten the likes of Adam Collins, Daniel Allotey, Akhror Muralimov, Tyrell Wright, Cory Phelps, Ed Fountain and Craig Lewis but has also beaten a few recognizable names in Pavel Sour, Jerry Forrest and Rydell Booker. However, he went the distance with all three of them.
As for Gutierrez, he’s 31 years old and enters the ring with a near-perfect mark of 17-0-1 with 14 Ko’s and has 57 rounds of experience under his belt since making his pro debut in 2011. As an amateur, Gutierrez fought in the World Series of Boxing. He stands 6-feet-2-inches tall with a 75-inch reach, which means he gives up an inch in height and two inches in reach to Franklin. As far as power goes, Gutierrez has plenty of pop in his punches with a current knockout ratio of 77.8 per cent.
He had a 10-fight knockout streak going until going the distance with Jhan Delgado in his last outing. The lone blemish on his record is a four-round draw which came in his third pro outing against Christian Larrondo Garcia back in 2016. Gutierrez has never fought outside of Mexico as a pro and he’s faced limited opposition. He’s taking a step up in class against Franklin as his biggest wins have been against the likes of Daniel Cota, Jesus Martinez Torres and Abraham Pascual.
Franklin has proven that he doesn’t look out of place with the big boys of the division as he handled himself well against Dillian Whyte and Anthony Joshua. He’s durable with a solid chin and may need it against Gutierrez’s power. Gutierrez is also a late replacement for this fight so anything’s possible here but I’m expecting Franklin to rebound from his two-fight losing skid with a win.
Franklin’s a cut above Gutierrez at this stage of their careers.
Play: Franklin Jr. -1000 @ BetOnline.ag
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