|After a ridiculously slow August, we have no fewer than 17 fights with available lines for Saturday. Christmas in September? I would like to think so...
Posted: 9/8/2012 2:11:06 AM
Anyways, here goes....
We start the action Saturday with a heavyweight fight in Moscowbetween Konstantine Airich and Vyacheslav Glazkov. Glazkov was 2008 bronze medalist in Beijing.
He's fighting at home and is a 10/1 favorite. Not rocket science here, Airich is cannon fodder. Under 9.5, -170, 8.5 units to win 5.
From the same venue we also have Jameel McCline against Magomed Abdusalamov. Jameel, pass go, collect $200 and take a nap.
Under 6.5, -115, 11.5 units.
In the afternoon, we are treated to an interesting doubleheader from London, featuring Edison Miranda vs Tony Bellew.
Let's face it - Miranda has been trash the last few years. However, he has infamously trained with Chad Dawson for this fight. How did he fair? Let's not go there, at least not yet.
I've never been a big fan of Bellew. Cocky, stands straight up, over-rated power. I also can't shake the images of him being dropped like a sack of garbage by McKenzie twice by straight right hands.
This is probably the last hoorah for Miranda, as in this will be his last significant win. Yep, I'm taking the bait and going with Miranda to pull the upset. He's the better fighter and he might be coming off the best training camp of his life.
Miranda +400, 2.5 units to win 10.
The opening bout is Gumersindo Lucas Carrasco vs Lee Purdy. I don't know much about Carrasco and could only find
a few tapes on him. What did I see? Tough to say. Slow, somewhat dirty and basically limited except for the fact he really winds up on his
shots. He seems like a guy that likes to bang. It's worked too, as he is 16-0 with 13KO's. These Argentinians are always hard to gauge, much like
Matthysse and others have been when finally getting exposure. Purdy is nothing special, but what he does he does extremely well.
He takes your best shots, gets inside, throws better shots than he received. Rinse, repeat. While neither guy appears to have real one-shot
power, I feel this could be an outstanding action fight. The under 9.5 is +200. I'll take my chances. Under 9.5, +200, 2.5 units to win 5.
The Cunningham/Gavern fight is listed at 2:00pm. It's at the Prudential Center where Tomasz Adamek will fight Travis Walker later
in the evening. Cunningham makes the move to heavyweight and Gavern is a big guy. I don't see him getting Gavern out of there
at all. In fact, Cunningham could be ripe for an odd upset. Probably not though, because Gavern can't box for garbage. Gavern will probably
lose from exhaustion if nothing else. Not much cardio or technical ability. I'm parlaying the overs in both fights on this card, with
Gavern/Cunningham at over 8.5 (-285) and Adamek over 7.5 (-260) for a price of roughly -115. 4.6 units to win 4. The funny thing is
that either of these guys losing at astronomical prices wouldn't shock me. I'm just not sure which one...