Rances Barthelemy vs. Kiryl Relikh Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 2/10/18
Relikh vs. Barthelemy
Boxing: Saturday February 10, 2018 (Alamodome)
The Line: -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Rances Barthelemy and Kiryl Relikh fight Saturday at the Alamodome for the WBA World Super Lightweight Title.
Kiryl Relikh enters this fight with a 21-2 record that includes 19 knockouts. Relikh has lost each of his last two fights and is coming off a May loss to Rances Barthelemy. Relikh went from being an unbeaten fighter and possibly the best boxer from Belarus, to losing his last two bouts and in need of a statement victory to get back on track. Relikh is 28 years old, stands at 5’9”, has a 67 inch reach and an orthodox stance. Relikh has spent his whole career beating up on below-average fighters, so his last two fights are signs that maybe he wasn’t as good as some had hyped him up to be. When in good form, Relikh is a decent pressure fighter who throws lots of quick combinations and has produced stoppages in his last 12 victories. Relikh also has a solid chin, as you can say he was outboxed in his last two fights if you like, but he stood in there and took his loss by unanimous decision. However, it’s important to remind you that Relikh hasn’t exactly beaten anybody noteworthy up to this point. This will be Relikh’s second fight in the United States.
USA TODAY Sports
Rances Barthelemy enters this fight with a 26-0 record that includes 13 knockouts. This will be Barthelemy’s third fight since 2016 and is coming off a May win over Kiryl Relikh. Barthelemy has been quietly moving up in the super lightweight division, and hopefully this early fight opens the schedule up for two fights in the same year for the first time since 2015. Barthelemy is a 31-year-old Cuban who stands at 5’11”, has a 73 inch reach and an orthodox stance. Barthelemy is just vicious in the ring with his offensive attack, as he throws accurate punches and has pretty good power despite his last four bouts ending in decisions. Barthelemy hasn’t produced a knockout since his 2015 victory over Angino Perez. Barthelemy loves to work the body and is capable of boxing in either stance, making him even more dangerous with his length. Barthelemy brings swagger into the ring and has no problem taunting his opponent while mixing in powerful combinations. This will be Barthelemy’s first fight in Texas.
Once again, this is a nice little fight for an undercard that includes Mikey Garcia and Sergey Lipinets, but there’s little question who is going to be on the winning side. I picked Barthelemy to win the first time these two met, and I’m doing it again here. Relikh is a tough fighter who brings the fight to his opponent and has heart, but he’s done nothing on his resume and doesn’t have the pure offensive skill set to beat the upper tier fighters. Barthelemy schooled him for majority of the first fight and there’s nothing to suggest this bout being different. He’s the bigger, stronger, more proven and simply the better pure boxer.
Barthelemy remains unbeaten, again.