Oleksandr Usyk comes in for the WBC cruiserweight title by taking on Mairis Briedis at the Arena Riga. The fight is scheduled to take place on January 27. Let's check our best betting tips for boxing!
Usyk has a 13-0 record into the fight. This includes a remarkable 11 knockouts. He has been in the ring for four times since 2016. Briedis has a much better 23-0 record. Once again, this includes a whopping knockout figure of 18. Since 2016, he has been in the ring for five boxing fights.
The strong 2017 has proved that Usyk is one of the top pound fighters. His punching power is iconic and he manages to have strong moment for a big guy. An incredible 80-inch reach coupled with a huge punching power make Briedis one of the deadliest in the ring. His punching power has resulted in his last nine fights finishing on or before nine rounds.
Usyk has never been able to fight in Latvia before and this will be his first fight. Briedis may have an incredible record coming into the game, but one of his weaknesses may be his inability to change his game and control the fight.
The two fighters cannot be more evenly matched and this promises to be one of the exciting fights in 2018. Usyk is expected to slightly edge ahead in front owing to his strong movement, while he also seems to better control fights. Let's check some of the odds on boxing for this match.
Our Oleksandr Usyk vs Mairis Briedis betting tips see fighters are extremely good coming into this fight and it is difficult to separate them on the basis of statistics. Both are unbeaten and possess an incredible punching power. Most of their opponents have been beaten by knockouts. Yet, Usyk appears to be the likely candidate to come out successful in this fight, as he has better moment and the ability to control fights. For us, well, we're siding with Usyk. He is not only the bigger boxer, but his incredible ability to mix up his punches, the land combinations and take a punch will really frustrate Briedis. One punch knockout experts can easily lose confidence when it takes more than that to win, and since both are unbeaten, Usyk is the type of fighter who you really need to outwork in order to beat him. Briedis will not do that.
The two fighters have never been beaten in their careers, but there is likely to be a winner emerging from this fight. Only two of the 13 fights involving Usyk has finished with anything other than a knockout victory. Usyk to win by a knockout seems the likely pick as well, but the safest bet here is to go with the distance. Since both are unbeaten, the level of energy coming from both will clash and we will see a battle that will last all rounds.
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