The WBC and WBO cruiserweight titles will be on the line when Okeksandr Usyk faces Mairis Briedis in the World Boxing Super Series semifinal this Saturday, January 27th in Latvia.
Betting odds at the top online bookies have Oleksandr Usyk as the (-800) favorite with Mairis Briedis as the (+450) underdog.
- Usyk to win by KO (+160)
- Usyk to win by Decision (-125)
- Briedis to win by KO (+750)
- Briedis to win by Decision (+1200)
- Draw (+2500)
When you look at the betting odds for this fight, it is somewhat surprising that Oleksandr Usyk is such a heavy favorite, especially when you consider the fact he only has 13 professional bouts to his credit.
While Mairis Briedis lacks the amateur pedigree of Usyk, he has accumulated a 23-0 professional record that includes an impressive win over the highly-skilled Mike Perez. Briedis will also have the benefit of fighting in his home country of Latvia, where he will surely have the crowd behind him.
Though Usyk will be the bigger fighter, he has not shown considerable knockout power throughout his short stint in the professional ranks, Briedis will have the advantage when it comes to speed and sneaky combination punching.
This is a good opportunity to roll the dice and see if Breidis can steal a decision from Usyk, who has plans to eventually leave the cruiserweight division and move to heavyweight.
Prediction: Bet on Mairis Briedis to win by Decision at (+1200) odds