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We are back with another huge fixture from the world of professional boxing as fans witness the quickfire return of Dmitrii Bivol, who takes on Gilberto Ramirez. The Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi plays host, and you can follow all the action, including the best of the undercard bouts, live on television or through the best legal live streaming apps.
Oscar De La Hoya and Eddie Hearn have teamed up to produce this night of championship boxing with the WBA Super world light heavyweight title on the line. Who will head for home with the belt and a win that will set up a huge 2023? That remains to be seen, and a strong case could be made for either fighter being good enough to leave the ring as a champion of the world. The bookies are backing Bivol after his stunning win last time out, and we expect bettors to come in their numbers to support the Russian over the Mexican.
You may remember the name Bivol, even if boxing isn’t exactly your strong point. That’s because the fighter now living in California shocked world sport by beating Saul Alvarez in his last outing. That means Bivol joins Floyd Mayweather Jr as the only man to secure a win over the great Canelo. That will attract a little more attention and pull a few more to the fight. We want to see if Bivol was simply too big for Canelo or if Bivol was just too quick, skilled, and strong for his naturally lighter opponent.
Odds taken from Caesars Sportsbook. Click on the odds below and place your bet.
The above odds table tells the complete story of how the betting industry expects this match to play out on Saturday. Traders working at Caesars Sportsbook – one of the biggest names in betting and a bookie known for offering great odds on boxing – can’t see past a win for the Russian. They have priced him as their red-hot favorite in the fight-winner market. Those odds aren’t as short as some we have seen recently, and they’re better than you’ll find available on a Bivol win with most other sportsbooks.
You may wish to back Bivol and add him to one or two other predictions from the undercard to create a parlay. This will give you the chance to target higher odds off a smaller stake, and – if results go your way – the bet could keep you glued to the action and involved until the end. That’s the aim when making a parlay or another multiple bet. Each selection must win for a parlay to be paid out as a winner, but with just one stake needed, it’s an affordable way to gamble on boxing.
Caesars Sportsbook is also offering new players a welcome bonus free bet on this contest. You must create an account with the bookie and make your first deposit before placing a qualifying sportsbook bet. When that wager has a result, the free bet tokens due will be dropped into your account balance and can be used to wager on the winner of Bivol v Ramirez on Saturday. There are some other options available in terms of betting markets on this fight, and we dig deeper below.
Who wins this fight? We can’t bring ourselves to oppose the man that beat the man last time. Bivol’s win over Alvarez caught most of us in the gambling industry by surprise, and even fewer boxing fans had the Russian picked to win. Yes, with the benefit of hindsight, it made perfect sense. Bivol is a former amateur star, so he wasn’t going to be easy to out-box. He’s also a naturally heavier fighter, so it won’t be easy to bully him physically, something Canelo realized early in their fight.
We are in agreement with the traders working for the biggest online bookies and believe Bivol will win this contest. But the odds aren’t too our liking, and we don’t want to risk playing a parlay as in-depth research is required for every pick, and this article would end up rolling on and on. It would get very boring, very fast. No, instead, we’re looking for ways to predict how Bivol wins, and the method of victory market gives us a chance to make a prediction at better odds than is available in the fight-betting market.
The method of victory tasks us with predicting which fighter will win and how they will achieve the result, on points or by knockout. That’s where the bigger odds can be found. The easiest and best way to approach this market is by looking through the recent form of Bivol. His stats show he’s unbeaten in 20 previous contests, with over half of those wins coming inside the distance.
Despite his obvious power, Bivol’s last seven have gone to points, and each of his last eight has gone into round 12.
That suggests another points win is on the cards at -187 on the Caesars Sportsbook.
That still isn’t a great price, but it’s better than the win market and gives us more to work with.
Ramirez – despite what his betting odds might suggest – isn’t just another opponent. The Mexican aims to do something his famous countryman couldn’t and beat Bivol. If Ramirez can achieve that, we may see him cash in on the result and try to force an all-Mexican slugfest with Alvarez next year. That would be one to watch.
Ramirez brings a professional record detailing 44 wins from as many bouts, with 30 KO wins already on his card. The 31-year-old known as Zurdo has won each of his last five by KO/TKO and hasn’t seen a bout test the judges since beating Jesse Hart on points over 12 rounds four years ago. He’ll aim to get his big shots off early and rough up his opponent.
Former professional boxer at the world-famous TRAD TKO Gym in London, I am now a full-time freelance content writer, pundit, and podcast contributor working with some of the biggest names in the sports betting industry. I love boxing, football's most successful team Glasgow Rangers, and horse racing. Email: [email protected]More info on Frank Monkhouse
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