Mairis Briedis vs Artur Mann Preview Oct. 16th, 2021
IBF Cruiserweight Champion Mairis Briedis puts his belt on the line against Artur Mann of Kazakhstan in the champion’s hometown of Riga, Latvia this Saturday, Oct. 16th. Briedis won the title with a majority decision over Yunier Dorticos in the final of the World Boxing Super Series in his last outing in September 2020. Briedis has also held the WBC Diamond Cruiserweight Crown and IBO versions in the past. Mann last fought in June of last year and stopped Rad Rashid in the third round.
Briedis vs Mann Betting Odds
- Artur Mann +1200
- Mairis Briedis -3300
The 36-year-old Briedis is a heavy hitter with plenty of skills and climbs through the ropes with an impressive 27-1 record with 19 Kos. He has a current knockout percentage of 68 per cent but has stopped just eight of his last 14 opponents and has gone the distance in six of his last seven outings. Briedis enjoyed a fine amateur career and also fought as a kick boxer over 70 times.
He stands 6-feet-1-inch tall with a 75-inch reach and has boxed 152 rounds since making his pro debut in 2012. his biggest wins have been against Dorticos, Marco Huck, Mike Perez, Olanrewaju Durodola and Krzysztof Glowacki and stopped heavyweight Manuel Charr back in 2015. His only pro loss came via a majority decision at the hands Oleksandr Usyk in January, 2018 when Usyk was the WBO boss at the time.
Briedis had won the vacant WBC crown and IBO Title a year earlier when he beat Huck by unanimous decision. However, he gave up the IBO strap as he refused to pay the sanctioning fees. He then defended his WBC belt against Perez before running into Usyk, who of course is now the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO Heavyweight Champ after recently beating Anthony Joshua.
Mann just turned 31 years old and fights out of Germany. He enjoyed a fine amateur career with well over 100 fights and competed in the boxing World Series before turning pro in 2015. He’s fought 102 rounds since and owns a record of 17-1 with 9 Kos. He stands 6-feet-1-inch tall with an unlisted reach so is the same height as Briedis.
Mann’s lone pro defeat came at the hands of Kevin Lerena when he was stopped in the fourth round in 2019 in a shot at the IBO World Cruiserweight Title. However he did manage to capture the WBO International Cruiserweight Belt a year earlier with a 12-round decision over Alexander Peil and won the vacant tile in 2017 with a 10-round majority decision over Leon Harth. Mann has decent power with current knockout ratio of 50 per cent.
Briedis isn’t the quickest cruiserweight out there but he has a lot of experience to go with his skills and power. He also owns a sturdy chin. He’s not naturally aggressive either and often looks pedestrian in the ring but Mann has been boxing domestic-level opponents up to now and is stepping up in class. It might not be an action fight but Briedis is fighting in his home town and should win this tilt.
Briedis has more experience, power and boxing skills.
Play: Briedis -3300 @ BetOnline.ag
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