Jesus Soto Karass vs Juan Carlos Abreu Preview Nov. 2nd
Veteran slugger Jesus Soto-Karass of Mexico will be taking on Juan Carlos Abreu of the Dominican republic in a 10-round welterweight bout in Tucson, Arizona this Thursday, November 2nd. The bout can be seen live in the U.S. On ESPN 2 and ESPN Deportes. Karass last fought in August when he lost a 10-round majority decision to Mauricio Herrera. Abreu’s last bout was in June of 2016 when he lost a an eight-round unanimous decision to Alex Martin. Abreu has lost two of his last three fights while Karass is winless in his last five outings with four losses and a draw.
Soto-Karass vs Abreu Betting Odds
Here are the winner odds from online sportsbook 5dimes.eu
- Jesus Soto-Karass +186
- Juan Carlos Abreu -250
Karass has never been a world champion, but he’s faced some of the best boxers in the welterweight and junior middleweight divisions over the years. He may not have beaten the top names out there, but he’s always been more than competitive. He’s now 35-years-old and will enter the ring with a record of 28-12-4 along with 18 Kos. He’s taken on the likes of Herrera, Yoshihiro Kamegai, Keith Thurman, Mike Jones, Marcos Maidana, Vince Philips, Selcuk Aydin, David Estrada, Yuri Foreman and Devon Alexander.
He was also the first man to stop former welterweight titleholder Andre Berto. Soto-Karass is known more for his brawling abilities than boxing finesse, but he’s tough with a lot of heart and heavy fists and that’s what makes him exciting to watch. He stands 5-feet-9-inches tall and has a 72-inch reach. Karass has been stopped four times in his career by Kamegai, Thurman, Maidana and Gabriel Rosado, so his chin is somewhat questionable at this stage.
Surprisingly, his knockout ratio stands at just 40 per cent and he’s fought 330 rounds since turning pro in 2001. He has tons of experience, but due to his aggressive come-forward style, he needs to make sure he doesn’t leave himself open for Abreu to pick him off with punishing counter shots since his opponent appears to have quite a bit of power in his fists. Karass is tough to beat though and this will be a good test for him at this stage of his career as he may consider retiring if he suffers another defeat.
The 30-year-old Abreu will likely have some ring rust to deal with as he hasn’t fought in over a year. He’ll climb into the ring with a record of 19-3-1 with an impressive 18 Kos. He obviously has pretty good power and his knockout ratio is currently 75 per cent. Abreu turned pro back in 2011 and has fought 87 rounds since then. He’s more or less the same size as Karass at just over 5-fee-9-inches tall with an inch shorter reach wingspan at 71 inches.
Abreu hasn’t really faced anybody of note as of yet in his career other than Humberto Soto and he lost that bout by 10-round unanimous decision. He’s also dropped a unanimous decision to Jamal James as well as the split decision to Martin in his last bout. Abreu’s draw was a six-round majority affair with Puro Pairol in 2013. His biggest win has been against Euri Gonzalez and he lost a 10-round majority decision to Pablo Cesar Cano in 2015, but the result was changed to a no-contest after Cano failed a drug test.
It’s hard to tell how good Abreu is at this point and how his power will affect Karass. If Karass can withstand Abreu’s best shots then he should have enough experience to beat him. It has the potential to be an exciting fight, but it will all come down to Karass’ chin.
if Karass is at his best he should win it.
Play: Soto-Karass +186 @ 5dimes.eu
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