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David Adeleye and Dmytro Bezus aren’t exactly household names outside of the sport - and they’re not too familiar with fight fans worldwide either - but that will all change this weekend.
The pair clash in London with the European heavyweight title on the line. The belt is currently vacant, meaning one of these gladiators will kick-start their career and pave the way for a money-spinning bout, possibly against a top-10-ranked fighter.
The York Hall in Bethnal Green, London, provides the setting, and this is venue boxing lovers know well. It’s an arena I have fought at as a professional a few times myself and have seen firsthand how the atmosphere can sway about.
It’s classed as a small hall venue with a big heart. Some of the world’s most famous names have appeared at York Hall over the years, and it has hosted some huge title fights. Will this be another to remember? We believe so and can’t wait to get started.
Which fighter will make the arena, their coaching team, and fans proud?
The winner will move on to bigger and better things, while the beaten man will return to the drawing board with plenty of options. The industry’s leading online sportsbooks offer odds on the outcome of this bout, and you’ll find the fight-winner betting odds below. Pick your man and place a bet on them to win or play one of the many exciting specials. More on that later.
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The betting tells us to expect an interesting contest, but the bookies have nailed their colors to the mast.
Do you go with the flow and follow the thinking of traders working in Las Vegas, or approach this bout your way?
It’s always worth checking which side the odds-makers are on and who they expect to win, but they don’t always get it right and have made some glaring errors in the past. Boxing is a sport that’s famous for not following the script.
A fight can change in the blink of an eye, and we’ve seen more than one pre-bout favorite knocked out. The heavyweight division is the least reliable, so don’t let the odds put you off backing a fighter. If you rate their chances, be bold and oppose the betting.
Both Adeleye and Bezus are unbeaten fighters with the world at their feet. They have boxing skills and strong support but carry knockout power in both hands.
The ability to KO an opponent is the major selling point in the sport’s top division, and these men have abundant natural power. If you are confident you know which fighter will win, you can back them to get the job done inside the distance for a shot at greater odds.
David Adeleye is a London-born heavyweight boxer based in the Ladbroke Grove area of the city.
He’s an imposing figure, standing at 6ft 4 inches tall, and carries power, winning all but one of his previous contests by knockout. That’s known as the “get out of jail free card” or the great equalizer in boxing circles, and it’s something that comes naturally to the Englishman. He possesses the strength to get rid of an opponent at any time during a contest and could land the decisive blow as the aggressor or with his back against the ropes.
At just 26 years old, Adeleye is relatively young for a heavyweight, with most in the division not hitting their peak until their early to mid-thirties, but that’s not set in stone.
We have seen many exceptions to that rule, but David can rest assured he has time on his side as he attempts to climb the greasy pole to the top of the division.
Is he the next big thing in the UK? Why not?
He still has a long way to go and a lot to prove before the media take him seriously as a genuine contender for the most sought-after belts.
Winning on Friday and becoming the European champion would certainly get his name noticed, and his form suggests he’s in with a great chance.
Adeleye brings a professional boxing record of 10 wins from as many bouts with nine stoppages. He’s currently ranked 13 in the UK and 93 worldwide. Neither is too impressive, given there are only 51 active heavyweights in Britain this year. But he is headed in the right direction. Victory this weekend will see him progress in both the domestic and global charts.
Adeleye has won each of his last four by KO/TKO, and we’re backing a repeat performance here. He will be well-supported from the floor and balconies, with this being his fourth fight at York Hall.
The natives know him and appreciate what he brings to the table. That support will help drag him through when the first bell goes, and this quickly becomes a slug-fest.
Dmytro Bezus is also a 10-0-0 fighter and has won half of his bouts by stoppage. But the 33-year-old known as Bison has been campaigning at a lower level than his opponent.
The fighter from Ukraine is now based in Latvia, so he will be virtually friendless on the night.
His last five fights have been in Latvia, Turkey, and Ukraine, so he’s already a well-traveled fighter and won’t lose any sleep about the intimidating atmosphere that awaits him in London.
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