Egidijus Kavaliauskas vs Mykal Fox Preview October 8th, 2022
Egidijus Kavaliauskas of Lithuania will be taking on Mykal Fox of Washington DC in a 10-round welterweight tilt this Saturday, October 8th. The bout from Carson, California can be seen live in America on Showtime while fans in Canada can catch it on TSN 4. Kavaliauskas was last in action in August of last year when he was stopped in the eighth round by Vergil Ortiz Jr in a shot at the WBO International Welt Title. Fox last boxed in August, 2021 as well when he lost a 12-round unanimous decision to Gabriel Maestre for the interim WBA Welterweight Title after dropping him in the second round.
Kavaliauskas vs Fox Betting Odds
- Mykal Fox +300
- Egidijus Kavaliauskas -400
The 34-year-old Kavaliauskas fights out of California and has a mark of 22-2-1 with 18 Ko’s. His draw came against Ray Robinson over 10 rounds in 2019 while first defeat was at the hands of Terence Crawford by ninth-round stoppage in December, 2019 in a shot at the WBO Welterweight title. He stands 5-feet-9-inches tall with a 71-inch reach and has lost both of his fights by stoppage.
Kavaliauskas possesses good power though with a current knockout ratio of 72 per cent and has boxed 120 rounds since making his pro debut in 2013. He enjoyed a fine amateur career and represented his homeland at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China where he fought as a light welterweight and lost in the first round of the competition. He boxed at the 2012 Olympics in London, England as well in the welterweight division and once again failed to make it out of the opening contest.
Kavaliauskas also competed at the 2006 World Junior Championships, 2007 World Championships, 2008 European Championships, 2009 World Championships (quarter-finalist) and 2010 European Championships and won a bronze medal at the 2011 World Championships. Since turning pro, Kavaliauskas has also captured the WBO Inter-Continental Welterweight Title. His biggest wins have been against the likes of Pablo Munguia, Deniz Ilbay, Daniel Echeverria, David Avanesyan, Juan Carlos Abreu and Roberto Arriaza.
Fox is a 26-year-old southpaw with a mark of 22-3 with 5 Ko’s and has boxed 170 rounds since making his pro debut in 2014 following a brief amateur career. His height is unlisted but he has an 81-inch reach which gives him a whole-10-inch edge in that department over Kavaliauskas. Fox has a pretty good chin as he’s never been stopped but he has been dropped before.
His first defeat was to Shohjahon Ergashhev in 2019 by a 10-round unanimous decision while his second loss came to Luke Santamaria in 2020 by 10-round unanimous decision and of course he was beaten by Maestre by another unanimous decision the last time out for his second loss in a row. As far as power goes, Fox doesn’t possess much at all as his current knockout ratio stands at just 20 per cent.
Like Kavaliauskas, Fox hasn’t fared too well when stepping up in class as his biggest wins have come against the likes of DeMarcus Corley, Adam Mate, Ricardo Garcia, Eudy Bernardo and John Arellano. He captured the vacant Universal Boxing Federation All America Welterweight Title in 2017 via a 10-round unanimous decision over Manuel Reyes.
This is a pretty good matchup as both boxers are coming off of losses and trying to revive their careers. Kavaliauskas has a lot more power than Fox but he’s also eight years older and has a 10-inch reach disadvantage. This means he’s going to have to try to get inside against a pretty good boxer. This could go either way as Fox could simply outbox him thanks to his reach and skills while Kavaliauskasis has the power to do some damage. It’s a tossup with a draw a possibility, but perhaps the aging Kavaliauskas can do enough to pull out a win.
Kavaliauskas has a decided edge in power in a close contest.
Play: Kavaliauskas -400 @ BetOnline.ag
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