Erik Bazinyan vs Alantez Fox Preview February 2nd 2023
Undefeated NABA and NABF Super Middleweight Champion Erik Bazinyan of Armenia will be putting his titles on the line this Thursday, February 2nd against Alantez Fox of Washington, DC. The 10-rounder from the Montreal Casino in Quebec, Canada can be seen live in America on ESPN+. Bazinyan last fought in June when he beat Marcelo Coceres via a 10-round unanimous decision while Fox last boxed in December, 2021 when he was stopped in the fourth round by David Morrell in a shot at the WBA Super Middleweight Title.
Bazinyan vs Fox Betting Odds
- Alantez Fox +800
- Erik Bazinyan -1500
The 27-year-old Bazinyan fights out of Laval, Quebec and enters the ring with a perfect mark of 27-1 with 21 Ko’s. He’s boxed 130 rounds since making his pro debut in 2013 following an amateur career in Armenia where he reportedly won 109 of his 110 bouts. He stands 6-feet-1-inch tall with an unlisted reach and carries plenty of power in his punches with a current knockout ratio of 75 per cent and has stopped 12 of his last 14 opponents.
Since turning pro, Bazinyan has also won the vacant WBO Youth and WBO NABO Super Middleweight titles. His biggest wins so far have been against Zoltan Sera, Ferenc Albert, David Zegarra, Francy Ntetu, Ricardo Luna, Alan Campa, Saul Roman, Timo Laine, Scott Sigmon, and Marcelo Coceres.
As for Fox, he’s now 30 years old and enters the contest with a mark of 28-3-1 with 13 Ko’s. He made his pro debut in 2010 after an amateur career and has boxed 168 rounds since. His power is average at best with a current knockout ratio of 39.4 per cent. Fox is quite tall for a super middleweight at 6-foot-4-inches and owns a 79-inch reach. This gives him a three-inch height advantage over Bazinyan.
Fox’s first two defeats came at the hands of Demetrius Andrade in 12 rounds by unanimous decision in 2017 after dropping Andrade to the canvas in the seventh round. He was then stopped by Liam Williams in the fifth stanza in 2019 in a shot at the vacant WBO Inter-Continental Middleweight Title. His last defeat was the fourth-round stoppage at the hands of David Morrell in his last outing and his lone draw was an eight-round affair with Frank Galarza back in 2012.
Fox’s biggest wins have been over Franklin Gonzalez, Guillermo Valdez, Eric Mitchell, Frank Nunez, Paul Valenzuela, Ronald Montes, Elvin Ayala and Marcos Hernandez. He also fought to a three-round no-contest with Habib Ahmed in 2020 and won the vacant WBC United States (USNBC) Middleweight Belt in 2017 with a 10-round unanimous decision over Kenneth McNeil.
Fox didn’t fight at all last year so will have some ring rust to get through. He doesn’t really have the power to keep Bazinyan off of him so will need to use his height and reach to keep him on the outside. I’m expecting the rugged Bazinyan to eventually wear Fox down with his power shots though and retain his titles.
Bazinyan’s too aggressive and powerful for Fox.
Play: Bazinyan -1500 @ BetOnline.ag
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