Mike Perez vs Magomed Abdusalamov Preview November 2
Unbeaten heavyweights Mike Perez andMagomed Abdusalamov will try to hand each other their first professional loss this Saturday, November 2 when they meet at the Theater at New York’s Madison Square Garden. The 10-round contest is on the undercard of the Gennady Golovkin vs Curtis Stevens WBA Middleweight Title fight and can be seen in Canada and the U.S. on HBO.
Perez, who hails from Cuba and now resides in Ireland, will be stepping up in class when he meets Abdusalamov and this will be a good test for the former Amateur star. The 28-year-old carries a perfect record of 19-0 with him along with 12 knockouts. He’s trying to make a name for himself in the pro ranks and a win here on national television would go a long way in doing so.
Perez is a slick-boxing southpaw who comes with better than average hand speed and defensive skills. He’s also got decent power, especially in his left hand and could end up being a legitimate heavyweight contender. However, to prove it, he’s going to have to get past the 32-year-old Abdusalamov of Russia, which will be a tall task indeed.
At 18-0 with 18 Kos, Abdusalamov, who’s also a southpaw, has obviously shown he’s a knockout artist supreme with a great deal of power. He’s powerful and pleasing on the eye to watch and is trained by John David Jackson. However, the big Russian would like to show that he’s much more than just a big banger and also has some decent boxing skills behind him.
Jackson is trying to help Abdusalamov improve defensively. If he does, then he’s going to be a hard heavyweight to stop. If there is a downside to the Russian it could be his age of 32. But considering the Klitschko brothers are 42 and 37, Abdusalamov suddenly doesn’t appear to be that old. Most North Americans aren’t too familiar with him and this will be a good chance to see what he’s all about.
This could end up being another entertaining bout since Perez is a speedy boxer with some fine skills while Abdusalamov will be coming after him with power and aggression. Perez will need to try and stay away from a slugging match and use his skills to outbox Abdusalamov. This means he’s going to have to be quite busy to keep the Russian at bay.
Abdusalamov may have some problems with Perez if the Cuban throws combinations and uses his mobility, but Perez is going to have to possess a granite chin to be able to take his power shots. If Perez can manage to elude Abdusalamov and stand up to his power then his chances of winning a decision will be greatly improved.
This bout will enable most fans to familiarize themselves with a couple of good, but relatively unknown heavyweights. Perez should be able to use his boxing skills to win the majority of the rounds, but Abdusalamov certainly has the power to end this fight suddenly. Look for Perez to confuse him for a few rounds, but Abdusalamov should be able to find him before the 10 rounds are over and eventually end the fight by a stoppage.
Sportsbook 5dimes.eu has the latest odds of a Perez win at -135 and a Abdusalamov victory at -105. Visit 5Dimes.eu to see up to date odds and to bet on this fight. You should also check out our recent boxing betting predictions to see how we’ve done of late capping the fights.