O’Malley vs Moutinho Analysis and Prediction

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O’Malley vs Moutinho Analysis and Prediction

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Sean O’Malley (13-1) vs Kris Moutinho (9-4)

Bantamweight (135)

Sean O’Malley

Is this anything other than a tailor-made win for O’Malley and his biscuit legs? What is most frustrating is that O’Malley now takes a monumental step back after the wonderfully equal bout against Thomas Almeida. There was little reason not to fight Ricky Simon, other than his management fearing a potential stylistic nightmare (of which, is debatable).

Sugar Sean is an athletic specimen with a long frame and an incredible eye for openings. Utilising a variety of feints, O’Malley sets up his power shots and wastes little excess energy when trapping opponents. A heavy hitter at 135 is gold dust, and it is no wonder that Dana remains hot on the O’Malley train despite his crushing loss to Chito Vera.

Kris Moutinho

Moutinho approaches with long, slow feints that aim to block an opponents vision but he lacks the footwork needed to avoid damage at range. Moutinho’s led leg is wide open for punishment, and outside of a strong lead hook, there is little variety in the arsenal.

Often failing to correctly gauge the striking range, Moutinho drops his hands at the worst possible times. Considering O’Malley’s strength, speed and power, Moutinho is going to struggle to gain any sort of foothold.

Predicted Result: O’Malley TKO Round 1

Is this anything other than a tailor-made win for O’Malley and his biscuit legs? What is most frustrating is that O’Malley now takes a monumental step back after the wonderfully equal bout against Thomas Almeida. Often failing to correctly gauge the striking range, Moutinho drops his hands at the worst possible times. Considering O’Malley’s strength, speed and power, Moutinho is going to struggle to gain any sort of foothold.

O’Malley rose to the occasion against former hot prospect, Thomas Almeida, with a thumping third round stoppage | O’Malley vs Moutinho

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