Sam Goodman vs Zhong Liu Preview December 15th, 2023
Unbeaten Sam Goodman of Australia will be taking on undefeated Zhong Liu of China this Friday, December 15th, in a 12-round super bantamweight tilt. The fight comes from Sydney, Australia and can be seen live on Kayo in that country. Goodman last saw action in October when he beat Miguel Flores via a wide 12-round unanimous decision. This will be Goodman’s fourth fight this year as he also beat Ra’eese Aleem by a 12-round unanimous decision in June and beat TJ Doheny by 10-round unanimous decision in March to defend his IBF Inter-Continental Super Bantamweight Title. Liu last saw action in September when he stopped Saurabh Kumar in the seventh round to win the vacant WBO Oriental Super Bantamweight Crown.
Goodman vs Liu Betting Odds
- Zhong Liu +1200
- Sam Goodman -2500
Goodman is just 25 years old and climbs through the ropes with a perfect mark of 16-0 with 7 Ko’s. He’s boxed 109 rounds since turning pro in 2018 following an amateur career which saw him reach the semifinals of the 2017 Australian National Championships and 2013 and 2014 Junior Championships. He won the 2017 Oceanian Championships and also fought at the 2016 AIBA Youth World Championships and won the Australian Youth and Junior National Championship in 2016. He stands just over 5-feet-6-inches tall with an unlisted reach.
As far as power goes, Goodman is just about average as 43.7 per cent of his victories have been by stoppage and he’s gone the distance in five of his last six outings. Since turning pro Goodman has also captured the vacant Australasian Featherweight Title along with the IBF Inter-Continental, and WBO Oriental Super Bantamweight Belts. He took a step up in class for the first time earlier this year with a unanimous decision over former world champion TJ Doheny and followed up with the wins over Aleem and Flores. He also has victories over Richie Mepranum and Juan Miguel Elorde.
The 32-year-old Liu is a southpaw who also owns a perfect record as he’ enters the contest with a mark of 19-0 with 7 Ko’s. He made his pro debut in 2015 after a short amateur career and has boxed 95 rounds since. He stands 5-feet-7-inches tall with a 67.5-inch reach so is just half-an-inch taller than Goodman. Liu also possesses just average power in his fists at best with his current knockout rate standing at just 36.9 per cent and he’s gone the distance in four of his past six fights.
Liu has never fought outside of China as a pro and 12 of his 19 opponents have entered the ring with a winning record. He also won the vacant WBC Asian Inter-Continental Super Bantamweight Title when he stopped Ruben Manakane in the second round in December, 2018. Liu has also beaten the likes of Noldi Manakane, Jess Waminal, John Villaflor, Ryan Lumacad and Xiwei Yang.
Goodman is seven years younger than Liu, seems to be getting better with each outing and is fighting at home. However he can’t underestimate Liu’s skills. Goodman has been busy this year as he’d like to keep his name in the spotlight as he’s hoping to eventually land a world title shot and wants to fight over in America in the near future. Neither boxer has much in the way of power so this could very well go the full 12 rounds and I’m expecting Goodman to go a perfect 4-0 this year with another win.
Goodman is improving with each fight.
Play Goodman -2500 @ BetOnline.ag
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