Evgeny Gradovich vs. Lee Selby Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 5/30/15
Boxing: Saturday, May 30, 2014 at 9:00 pm (O2 Arena, Greenwich, London, England)
The Line: Evgeny Gradovich +265 / Lee Selby -325 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Evgeny Gradovich and Lee Selby fight Saturday night at the O2 Arena for the IBF Featherweight title.
Evgeny Gradovich enters this fight with a 19-0-1 record that includes nine knockouts. Gradovich hopes to bounce back after picking up a draw in his most recent fight against Jayson Vélez back in November. Gradovich is terrific at controlling the tempo of a fight and making his opponent adjust to him. Gradovich loves to pressure his opponent and never wastes a chance to land some blows. There’s no ducking Gradovich, as you have to fight him if you’re going to be the first person to beat him. However, Gradovich lacks any real power and has just one knockout in his last five fights. This will be Gradovich’s first time fighting in London and fourth time out of the United States.
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Lee Selby enters this fight with a 20-1 record that includes eight knockouts. Selby has won 16 straight fights and hasn’t lost since his 2009 fight against Samir Mouneimne. Selby is a defensive fighter with great technical skills and somewhat of an awkward style. Selby picks his spots and throws punches from different angles. Selby also packs more of a punch than Gradovich, and six of his last 10 fights have ended in a knockout. Selby’s weakness is that he can be boring from time to time and give away rounds due to being too passive. This will be Selby’s fifth time fighting in London, and second time in the O2 Arena.
Selby enters this fight as a decent sized favorite to become champion because he’s the fighter in better form and does have the advantage of fighting on his home soil. Gradovich wasn’t super impressive in his last fight against Vélez and doesn’t have the power to end this fight like Selby does.
While the champ and the big plus money is intriguing, they don’t call Selby the Welsh Mayweather for nothing. I think we’re going to see a new champ when this is said and done.