Tony Bellew vs. BJ Flores Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 10/15/16
Flores vs. Bellew
Boxing: Saturday, October 15, 2016 (Echo Arena)
The Line: Bellew -1610 / Flores +900 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Tony Bellew and BJ Flores fight Saturday night at the Echo Arena for the WBC cruiserweight title.
Tony Bellew enters this fight with a 27-2-1 record that includes 17 knockouts. Bellew has won seven straight fights and is coming off a May win over Ilunga Makabu. Bellew is coming off an impressive win as an underdog and will defend his belt for the first time. Bellew has won five of his last seven fights by knockout and may be experiencing his best stretch of boxing given his increased competition as of late. Bellew will enter this fight extremely confident given his recent results. Of course, Bellew is known for his punching power and ability to land haymakers, and he’ll have a chance to knockout a boxer who has never been knocked out in his lengthy career. Bellew has fought much of his career in the United Kingdom, his birthplace.
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BJ Flores enters this fight with a 32-2-1 record that includes 20 knockouts. Flores has won 10 of his last 12 fights and is coming off a May win over Roberto Santos. Flores is still getting the job done despite approaching 38 years old and has a chance to shock the world on his opponents soil. Flores is a highly experienced boxer with 178 rounds under his bet and has an impressive reach of 80 inches that makes him dangerous when he’s dictating the pace of the fight. Flores also has a proven chin as he’s never been knocked out. However, Flores is showing signs of slowing down with this being just his third fight since 2015 and two of his last three wins have come by decision. This will be Flores’ first fight in the United Kingdom and his second outside of the United States.
This has the potential to be a better fight than what the odds indicate, as Flores is no slouch with a tough chin and a reach advantage of six inches. That alone is maybe worth taking a flyer on the American. However, Bellew is the better boxer at this point of their careers, and he has the speed advantage along with the home crowd. Remember, the only time Bellew ever lost at home was a 2011 bout against Nathan Cleverly.
Flores has a better chance to win than what the odds are tellis us, but the Bomber will still come out on top.