Ricky Burns vs. Kiryl Relikh Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 10/7/16
Relikh vs. Burns
Boxing: Friday, October 7, 2016 (The SSE Hydro)
The Line: Relikh +280 / Burns -400 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Ricky Burns and Kiryl Relikh fight Friday night at The SSE Hydro for the WBA super-lightweight title.
Ricky Burns enters this fight with a 40-5-1 record that includes 14 knockouts. Burns has won 10 of his last 14 fights and is coming off a May win over Michele Di Rocco. Burns has produced three straight knockouts after running into a bit of a rough patch back in 2014. Five of Burns’ last six victories have ended by stoppage and that’s quite impressive for somebody who doesn’t have a ton of punching power. Burns is well known for being extremely conditioned and having a higher boxing IQ, two traits that make him tough to beat if you’re a lower tier fighter. Burns will be defending this belt for the first time and has a chance to win four straight bouts since 2011-13. Burns has fought majority of his career in Scotland, his birthplace.
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Kiryl Relikh enters this fight with a 21-0 record that includes 19 knockouts. This will be Relikh’s fourth fight since 2015, and he’s coming off a May win over Joaquim Carneiro. Relikh has done a nice job of quietly building a name for himself, but this is by far the biggest fight for him and his best opponent. We’re talking about somebody who's best competition came against Christian Ariel Lopez and Mikheil Avakyan. There’s not much video out there on the 26-year-old Relikh, but he does a nice job of moving forward and pressuring his opponent, and he likes to work the body as much as possible. Relikh has a great chance to prove he’s more than a decent boxer who beats up solely on lower no-named boxers. This will be Relikh’s fourth fight in the United Kingdom.
You have to question Burns motivation for this bout, as this defense of his belt was ordered by the WBA's Championships Committee. Relikh really hasn’t done anything to deserve such a title shot and should still be working his way up. In terms of boxing, Relikh has a chance if he can get in his body shots and keep the fight as his pace. However, Burns is too wise and too experienced to let Relikh dictate things in the ring.
I like Burns to keep his belt in a fight that could end in decision.