Olanrewaju Durodola vs. Mairis Briedis Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 5/14/16
Mairis Briedis vs. Olanrewaju Durodola
Boxing: Saturday, May 14, 2016 (Arena Riga)
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Olanrewaju Durodola and Mairis Briedis and fight Saturday at the Arena Riga for the WBC Silver Cruiserweight title.
Olanrewaju Durodola enters this fight with a 22-2 record that includes 20 knockouts. Durodola has won his last five fights and is coming off a November win over Dmitry Kudryashov. Durodola is still rolling at 35 years old and still has that devastating punching power that has made him champion and one of the best boxers ever out of Nigeria. In fact, Durodola has only one decision in his pro career and the other non-knockout was a disqualification against Joell Godfrey. Durodola throws constant combinations and lands a high percentage of his punches, which wear down his opponent and eventually lead to him ending the fight. Durodola’s last three fights have ended in the second round or earlier. This will be Durodola’s first fight in Riga.
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Mairis Briedis enters this fight with a 19-0 record that includes 16 knockouts. This will be Briedis’ sixth fight since 2015, and he’s coming off a February win over Danie Venter. Briedis is also a knockout artist who has ended his last five fights in the fifth round or earlier. Briedis is more of a one punch knockout king who doesn’t need to rely on a ton of combinations to get the job done. Briedis does a nice job of working the body and has a vicious right hand that he uses whenever there is a opening. It also helps that Briedis has a reach of 80 inches, making it even harder to avoid his punching power. Briedis hasn’t had a decision since November of 2014. This will be Briedis’ eighth fight in Riga.
This should be a hell of a fight between two guys who have given us our money’s worth over the course of their careers. It only takes one good shot to end this thing for either guy. However, Briedis is the younger fighter, has more pure power behind his punches and is fighting in his backyard of Latvia.
Durodola is a hell of a fighter, but I expect Briedis to be the one who is undefeated when this bout is finished.