Saturday on HBO Boxing from Montreal, Quebec, cruiserweight contenders Steve Cunningham and Czar Glazkov will face off in a 12-round bout on the Kovalev vs Pascal undercard. Steve Cunningham vs Czar Glazkov Odds have Glazkov as the -145 favorite with 55% of the action on the betting “chalk”. Cunningham, 28-6, 13 KO’s, has won three straight since losing via 7th round KO to British giant Tyson Fury but was dropped by undefeated prospect Natu Visinia in his last bout. Czar Glazkov, 19-0-1, 12 KO’s, rebounded from an off-night against Derric Rossey (WMD10) to blast out shopworn journeyman Darnell Wilson via 7th round KO. Can the old school Philadelphia veteran Cunningham take the Ukranian prospect to school? ESPN2 News expert boxing predictions panel broke down this U.S.B.A. heavyweight title fight. Steve Cunningham vs Czar Glazkov Odds have Glazkov +125 (Bet $100 to win $125) at SPORTSBOOK.ag
Expert Boxing Predictions Analysis: The 6’2″ 210 Lb. Cunningham is a clever and athletic veteran with an Evander Holyfield-esque physique. The long-armed boxer/puncher likes to work on the move behind a flicking jab that he shoots off the hip. Cunningham isn’t afraid to go toe-to-toe and mix things up, displaying a solid chin and decent power.
The 6’3″ 220 Lb. former bronze medalist Glazkov is a hard puncher that likes to capitalize on opponents mistakes with sharp counterpunches. Glazkov is fundamentally sound in all aspects of the game with a stiff jab, good balance and sound technique. Glazkov doesn’t throw many punches but his offensive combinations are fast and accurate. Steve Cunningham vs Czar Glazkov Odds Total is at 9.5 Rounds with the Over at -250
ESPN2 News Bottom Line: Glazkov is younger, faster and punches harder than the 38-year old warrior Cunningham. The durable Philly pug “USS” will try to utilize all of his scientific moves but the physicality of the powerful Ukranian will be the telling factor. Bet Glazkov to win a close but clear cut decision in the 116-112 to 115-113 range.
Expert Boxing Predictions Play: Czar Glazkov -145
Steve Cunningham vs Czar Glazkov Tale-Of-The-Tape
Wt. 210 (estimated)
Rounds Boxed: 246
Best Punch: Right Cross
Wt. 220 (estimated)
Rounds Boxed: 113
Best Punch: Left Hook