Three of the four fighters on Saturday’s card on DAZN from the Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi, UAE have perfect records and the one who doesn’t is 12-2 and holds the undisputed championship.
In the main event, champion Dmitry Bivol (20-0, 11 KOs) will put his WBA light heavyweight belt on the line against him former super middleweight champion Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez (44-0, 30 KOs).
In the co-main event, undisputed champion Jessica McCaskill (12-2, 5 KOs) will put her belt on the line against Chantelle Cameron (16-0, 8 KOs).
Together these four fighters are 92-2 with 54 KOs.
Bivol pulled off an impressive win over Canelo Alvarez in Las Vegas in Mayand is a big favorite at BetMGM to keep his belt. Ramirez is +275. Bivol after decision is -185 and after KO +275.
Ramirez is +650 by decision and +550 by KO.
Cameron is a pretty wide -175 favorite to win the belts from McCaskill. Buyback on McCaskill is +145. Cameron is -120 to win by decisions and +800 to win by KO. McCaskill is +185 to win by decision and +800 to win by KO.
Key for Ramirez to score the upset
Ramirez is 5-0 with five KOs since moving to light heavyweight and is a tall, slender fighter with a powerful jab.
In order for him to anger Bivol, he needs to control the distance, keep Bivol on the outside, and stay off the ropes. Bivol had a lot of success in his win over Alvarez by holding Alvarez on the ropes and working the body.
Ramirez has a three-inch advantage in both height and reach, and he needs to capitalize on it.
I like when Bivol wins by decision, but I don’t judge Ramirez’s chances. He needs to get off to a fast start and force Bivol to fight all the way. If Bivol manages to slip and get in with his jab, Ramirez could find the body vulnerable with Bivol’s crunching hook.
But if Ramirez can keep him at bay with the jab and punish him with an uppercut as he closes the gap, he’ll improve his chance of ending the upset.
DAZN has a third title fight
A fight for the vacant IBF super featherweight title will also be on the DAZN card, with Shavkatdzhon Rakhimov (16-0-1, 13 KOs) meeting Zelfa Barrett (28-1, 16 KOs).
BetMGM isn’t booking this fight, but Rakhimov is roughly a 3-1 favorite at Sportsbook who have the fight on the board.
Dmitry Bivol-Gilberto Ramirez Full Card, Odds (Start Time 1:30pm ET, DAZN)
All odds via BetMGM.
Light Heavyweight: Dmitry Bivol (-350) vs. Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez (+275)
Super Lightweight Women: Chantelle Cameron (-175) vs. Jessica McCaskill (+145)
Super Featherweight: Shavkatdzhon Rakhimov vs. Zelfa Barrett
Flyweight: Galal Yafai (-2500) vs Gohan Rodriguez Garcia (+1000)
Bantamweight: Khalid Yafai vs. Jerald Paclar
Super Flyweight: Sultan Al Nuaimi vs. Sohaib Haque
Super Featherweight: Aqib Fiaz vs. Diego Valiterra
Lightweight: Campbell Hatton vs. Denis Bartos
Lightweight: Fahad Al Bloushi vs. Giorgi Gotchoshvili
Super Lightweight: Majid Al Naqbi vs. John Lawrence Ordonio
Talented Cuban David Morell in action on Showtime
Showtime is Saturday in Minneapolis, Minnesota with undefeated Cuban David Morell (7-0, 6 KOs), who holds a second middleweight title because the WBA just can’t have a champion, takes on Aidos Yerbossynuly (16-0 , 11 KOs) in the main event.
Morrell is a massive -1000 favorite while Yerbossynuly sits at +625.
Morrell has only completed four rounds once. He’s a talented fighter who might one day be a champion, but he definitely is Not a world champion at that time. Canelo Alvarez holds the best with 168, but the WBA hands out belts like they’re candy, and for some, Morrell allowed him to fight Lennox Allen for an interim title in his third pro fight of 2020.
Showtime’s co-main event is a middleweight bout pitting Jeison Rosario (23-3-1, 17 KOs) against Brian Mendoza (20-2, 14 KOs).
All three of Rosario’s losses were by KO – to Nathaniel Gallimore, Jermell Charlo and Erickson Lubin – and so it might be worth a flyer on Mendoza by KO if you can find a book that has a line.