Final Statistics for Jab Hook's 2018 Boxing Predictions
92 of 112 correct = 82.1% on Dec 30th, 2018
Why does Jab continuously analyze boxing matches and weekly predict their outcomes? Though it started decades ago, today it is a part of my responsibility as a Boxwerk analyst for DAZN and writer for NYFights.com.
It is a way to keep myself honest in this sport where fakers and shysters are a dime a dozen. Jab wants to test himself and take risks, just like the boxers he admires so much. And Hook wants to be a part of the solution not the problem in this sport that is so troubled. Last but not least, these guys are paying me to know my stuff and Jab wants to earn a living.
The scientific method certainly applies to the “sweet science”, and that involves making hypotheses, testing them repeatedly to develop a theory, and using your tested theories to predict future outcomes. Jab has applied this approach successfully to boxing and it gives me great satisfaction that it seems to work. But it is not luck or an accident, it involves hundreds of hours of research, reading, watching tape of the boxers' major bouts, analyses and discussions with Boxwerk experts like Andreas Selak and Craig Daly, as well as excellent contacts to trainers, boxers and experts on Facebook (you guys are MEGA). Lots of intuition and some real luck have also helped Jab in 2018.
Special thanks to my homies Nick Trachte and Uli Hebel and the entire crew at the Boxwerk and DAZN for all you have taught this old dog in 2018! Great appreciation to my Brooklyn brother Michael Woods for our new collaboration.
Here is an example of my predictions:
Posted before the bout..
Ota-City General Gymnasium, Tokyo, Japan: Ken Shiro 14(8)-0 vs. Saul “Baby” Juarez 24(13)-8(1)-2, boxing 12 rounds in Shiro's fifth defense of his WBC junior flyweight belt. Shiro has chosen an opponent who is a journeyman from Mexico City fighting in Asia for the first time. Juarez has only won 2 of his last 8 bouts, including a 4 loss streak. Ken Shiro should look good winning this bout, but “Baby” Juarez's may make that difficult with his awkward style. Jab Hook predicts Shiro to win over Juarez by unanimous decision.
Posted after the bout:
Epilogue Ota-City General Gymnasium, Tokyo, Japan: Ken Shiro had hoped that Saul “Baby” Juarez might be an easier fifth defense of his WBC junior flyweight belt. But the journeyman from Mexico City did make it difficult with his awkward style. Looking good while winning rounds, Shiro struggled to hurt “Baby” Juarez, who was clearly going nowhere. Try as he may, Shiro could not land the KO punch and settled for a unanimous decision, winning almost every round. Jab Hook predicted Shiro's UD win over Juarez.
“Jab Hook”, aka “Brooklyn” Joe Healy is an aficionado that wears many hats in the boxing world. Born in Brooklyn and living in Munich, “The Sweet Science” is his passion. Please feel free to contact him as Jab Hook on FaceBook, or at AficionadoKO@gmail.com.