Yunier Dorticos vs Mateusz Masternak Preview Oct. 20th
Cuban cruiserweight Yunier Dorticos returns to the World Boxing Super Series as he takes on Mateusz Masternak of Poland at the CFE Arena in Orlando, Florida this Saturday, October 20th Dorticos hasn’t fought since February when he lost in the final of the first Super Series to Murat Gassiev via a 12th-round knockout. Masternak last saw action in April when he stopped Youri Kayembre Kalenga after the fifth round and won the vacant WBO European Title. This 12-round bout can be seen in North America and other areas of the world on DAZN.
Dorticos vs Masternak Betting Odds
Here are the winner odds from online sportsbook 5dimes.eu
- Mateusz Masternak +450
- Yunier Dorticos -600
The 32-year-old Dorticos is a former WBA Cruiserweight Champion who lost his crown to Gassiev the last time out in the semifinals of the first World Boxing Super Series. Dorticos had crushed Dmitry Kudryashov in the second round earlier in the tournament. He enters the bout with a record of 22-1 along with 21 big Ko’s with the loss to Gassiev being his only since turning pro back in 2009. Dorticos has fought just 73 rounds since then mainly due to his quick knockouts.
There’s no questioning the Cuban’s amazing power as his current knockout ratio stands at an outstanding 91 per cent, but he met his match against Gassiev earlier this year. Dorticos is a decent-sized cruiserweight at 6-feet-3-inches tall with an 80-inch reach. He was elevated to the WBA Cruiserweight Champion in June of 2017 after being the interim champ. His toughest foes so far have been Gassiev, Kudryashov, Youri Kalenga, Fulgencio Zuniga, Edison Miranda and Eric Fields.
Like several other Cuban-born boxers, Dorticos now fights out of Miami, Florida. He had an extensive amateur career of about 260 bouts and won numerous medals and events. Since turning pro, Dorticos has won several minor titles as well such as the WBC Latino Cruiserweight, and USBA Cruiserweight Titles. He definitely has power, but like most Cuban boxers, also has some fine skills to display in the squared circle.
It seems like the veteran Masternak has been around forever, but he’s a little younger than Dorticos at the age of 31. He’ll climb through the ropes with a record of 41-4 with 28 Kos and has been stopped once as a pro. That was an 11th-round TKO at the hands of Gregory Drozd in October of 2013. He’s also been beaten by Youri Kayembre Kalenga via a 12-round split decision in 2014, by 12-round split decision to Johnny Muller in 2015 and by a 12-round unanimous decision in a slugfest to Tony Bellew in 2015.
Masternak has boxed 290 rounds since turning pro in 2006 and has a pretty good knockout ratio of 62 per cent. He stands six-feet tall with a 76-inch reach so gives up three inches in height and four inches in reach to Dorticos. Since turning pro, Masternak has won the WBO European, WBA Inter-Continental, WBC International Silver, EBU European, IBO Inter-Continental, TWBA, and interim WBC Youth World Cruiserweight Titles. He started his career by going 29-0 and has beaten the likes of Carl Davis, Michael Simms, Shawn Corbin, Jean Marc Mormeck and Eric Fields.
These are two powerful cruiserweights, but Masternak has struggled somewhat when stepping up in class even though he has quite a bit more pro experience under his belt. They’ve both been stopped once, but still own solid chins. Dorticos is bigger and the harder puncher of the two though and I think he’ll eventually wear Masternak down and move on to the next round of the World Boxing Super Series.
I’ll go with Dorticos’ size and strength here.
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