Dmitry Kudryashov vs. Julio Cesar Dos Santos Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 5/21/16
Boxing: Saturday, May 21, 2016 (Khodynka Ice Palace)
The Line: Kudryashov -1300 / Dos Santos +700 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Dmitry Kudryashov and Julio Cesar Dos Santos fight Saturday at the Khodynka Ice Palace.
Dmitry Kudryashov enters this fight with a 18-1 record that includes 18 knockouts. Kudryashov has won 10 of his last 11 fights, and he’s coming off a November loss to Olanrewaju Durodola. Kudryashov is looking for a bounce back fight after meeting shockingly knocked out in the second round against Durodola, his first loss of his career and cost him a shot at the WBC Silver Cruiserweight title. Take away that fight, and Kudryashov has won every bout by knockout, usually before the fifth round, as he jumps on his opponent early and throws powerful punches to the head and body. Only five of Kudryashov’s 18 fights have made it to the fifth round or later. Kudryashov has fought his whole career in Russia, his home country.
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Julio Cesar Dos Santos enters this fight with a 30-5 record that includes 27 knockouts. Dos Santos has won four of his last six fights and is coming off a October win over Evaldo Damasceno Santos. Dos Santos has been rolling with three straight wins despite turning 39 years old at the end of the year. Dos Santos is a very smart fighter defensively and has a proven chin with only one knockout loss. Dos Santos also has power in both hands, and despite his age, his last five victories have come by knockout. The concern with Dos Santos is that four of his five losses have come when he’s left Brazil, and he’s never fought a guy this skilled. This will be Dos Santos’ seventh fight outside of Brazil.
Dos Santos is no pushover and is going to make Kudryashov work due to a tough chin that’s lasted with guys such as Laudelino Jose Barros. However, Dos Santos is simply in over his head here, as he’s fighting a young guy and simply a more skilled boxer overall. Also, Dos Santos hasn’t done well when he’s left the comfort of his home country of Brazil.
Look for Kudryashov to get his much needed feel good victory on his home soil.