Keyshawn Davis vs Anthony Yigit Preview April 8th, 2023
Former amateur star Keyshawn Davis of Norfolk, Virginia returns to the ring this Saturday, April 8th as he takes on Anthony Yigit of Sweden. The 10-round lightweight tilt from Newark, New Jersey can be seen live in America on ESPN and ESPN+ and in the UK on Sky Sports Action while Canadian fans can see it on TSN 2. Davis last fought in December when he beat Juan Carlos Burgos via an eight-round unanimous decision for the vacant WBO Inter-Continental Lightweight title. Yigit last boxed in April when he stopped Humberto Martinez in the third round.
Davis vs Yigit Betting Odds
- Anthony Yigit +800
- Keyshawn Davis – 1500
The 24-year-old Davis enters the fight with an unbeaten record of 7-0 with 5 Ko’s and has fought 33 rounds since making his pro debut in February, 2021. Davis enjoyed an superb amateur career which saw him win silver medals at the 2019 Pan American Games, the 2019 World Championships, and the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan as a lightweight, losing to Cuba’s Andy Cruz in the final of each of those tournaments.
Davis stands 5-feet-9-inches tall with a 70-inch reach and has had no problem adapting to pro boxing as he currently owns a knockout ratio of 71.4 per cent. The only opponents to go the distance with him so far have been Jose Meza who went six rounds in May, 2021 but lost every round in a unanimous decision defeat, and Juan Carlos Burgos in his last outing.
Exceptional speed and power are what Davis brings to the ring as he continues his pro career. Understandably, he’s being brought along cautiously but each opponent he’s faced has entered the ring with a winning record. Yigit is a solid veteran and represents another step up in class but fans are anxious to see how Davis handles a legitimate top-10 contender as soon as possible. He’ll also be scheduled for 10 rounds for the first time too this weekend.
Yigit is a 31-year-old southpaw who climbs through the ring ropes with a mark of 26-2-1 with 10 Ko’s. He turned pro back in 2013 after s good amateur career and has 188 rounds of experience under his belt. He stands 5-feet-8-inches tall with a 66-inch reach so gives up four inches in reach to Davis as well as an inch in height. Yigit possesses below average power with a current knockout ratio of 34.5 per cent.
Yigit fought for the vacant IBF Super Lightweight Title in 2018 but was stopped after seven rounds by Ivan Baranchyk in the World Boxing Super Series. His other loss came at the hands of Rolando Romero in a shot at the interim WBA Lightweight Title in 2021 but was stopped in the seventh round again and lost his chance at winning the crown before the fight when he weighed in 5.2 lbs over the limit.
Yigit’s lone draw was a six-round affair in 2013 with Tony Pace. His biggest wins have been over DeMarcus Corley, Lenny Daws for the vacant European Super Lightweight Title in 2017, Armando Robles, Sandor Martin and Joe Hughes. While Yigit lacks power, his last two wins and three of his past four have come y the way of stoppage.
There isn’t really a weak side to Davis’ game and his power and boxing skills have simply been too much for all of his opponents so far. He may find Yigit to be a bit tougher than the rest of them though as Yigit displayed fine skills in his win over Sandor Martin, but has been stopped in both of his losses. Still, I’m expecting Davis to earn another win.
Davis has the decided edge in power, speed and overall boxing skills.
Play Davis -1500 @ BetOnline.ag
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