Some intriguing action in the world of boxing for Saturday night in both Tulsa, Oklahoma and at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut. And, we’ve got some gambling advice for you from both cards.
First, Matchroom Boxing will put its first fight card on in the United States, post-Covid-19 outbreak, when Undisputed Women’s World Welterweight Champion Cecilia Braekhus (above) goes for a record 26th consecutive title defense against Jessica McCaskill in a scheduled 10-round main event in the streets of downtown Tulsa televised by DAZN streaming.
The 38 year-old, Dutch Braekhus is 36-0, 9 KOs, and she is obviously heavily-favored to defeat McCaskill (8-2, 3 KOs) in this one at – 600. McCaskill, who’s from St. Louis, might be worth a small Underdog play at +400, but bear in mind, Braekhus has been so dominant that most of her opponents struggle to win a round off of her.
Braekhus is not a big knockout artist, especially as of late, and the fight is -800 to go to 10 round distance. That’s the smart/but expensive play.
We discussed this fight at length, as well as the others to be listed below on our “Big Fight Weekend Podcast” below:
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Probably the more intriguing fight from a betting standpoint is: the co-feature involving 154 lb. Uzbekistanian fighter, Israil Madrimov. Madrimov is 25, a former Olympic star for Uzbekistan, and is already 5 – 0 with five Knockouts in his professional career.
He trains out of Indio, CA and all of his fights professionally have been in the United States, including back in February when Madrimov off knocked out Charlie Navarro in the sixth round of their scheduled 10 rounder in Frisco, TX. His opponent Saturday night is a more experienced fighter out of Louisiana named, Eric Walker, who at 20 – 2 is best known for having been a finalist recently on the boxing television reality show, “The Contender.”
Walker’s won his last three fights and never been knocked out.
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It’s a classic “experience vs. up-and-coming, young big puncher” in this one, and Madrimov is heavily favored at – 7000. Then again, Walker might be a fun play at +1600, but don’t put too much money on that.
Go with the unbeaten young star though, and you might want to look at taking a specific round, like the 2nd-5th, for Madrimov to get the stoppage/KO. They are all at +750 or better.
Next up is the Premier Boxing Champions fight card in Connecticut and on Showtime premium cable Saturday night. The main event fight has already had controversy from Friday, as WBC Super Middleweight champ David Benavidez, 22-0, 19 KOs, was conditionally stripped of his title on Friday afternoon for being nearly 3 lb. overweight.
That means that his opponent, Roamer Angulo, can win the title if he upsets Benavidez, but Benavidez is being stripped, no matter if he is victorious, in the fight tonight.
Most books have pulled down the betting odds for Phoenix-born Benavidez being overweight, but he was a significant favorite to remain undefeated. Angulo is largely unknown outside of his native Colombia, but he is 26 – 1 professionally. This is a fight to likely stay away from from a wagering standpoint.
The more interesting fight will be earlier in the night on the undercard between competitively matched Heavyweights Otto Wallin of Sweden and Travis Kauffman of Reading, Pennsylvania.
Wallin is best known for having pushed, now WBC heavyweight champ Tyson Fury, to a 12-round decision in the fall of 2019. Fury actually suffered a nasty cut over his right eye early in the fight and had to “gut out” getting the decision victory. Wallin, 20-1, also showed some resolve and conditioning, as he was able to last the full 12 rounds with the dangerous champ.
Fury went on to defeat Deontay Wilder to win the WBC Title in February.
Meanwhile, Kauffman is a big 6′ 3, bruising fighter, who is about to turn 35 years old next week. He began his career rise at 31 – 1, including 23 KOs, but he has lost two of his last three fights. That included a 10th round knockout loss to Luis “King Kong” Ortiz in December of 2018..
Kauffman was off all of 2019 due to injury and then was scheduled to fight earlier in 2020 before the Coronavirus shutdown of the sport.
For betting purposes in this one: Wallin is -1000, but Kauffman might be the upset play at +500.
Kauffman might also be a very lucrative prop play as you can get him for + 6600 to win the fight before the eighth round by stoppage or KO.