Made popular by Elie Seckbach videos, Evgeny Gradovich “The Mexican Russian”, or “El Ruso Mexicano”, will be defending his IBF featherweight title against Alexander Miskirtchian on the Donaire vs Vetyeka undercard.
Evgeny Gradovich opened as the large (-2000) favorite, but has since fallen to (-1200) at SportBet.
Gradovich was known to boxing fans from training with Robert Garcia in Oxnard, California, where he was dubbed the Mexican Russian due to him being a Russian fighter training out of a Mexican gym. Promoted by Top Rank, Gradovich received wider recognition after winning the IBF featherweight title from Billy Dib when he was called in as a short notice replacement.
Gradovich does not possess one punch knockout power, but he has an extraordinary gas tank and he is able to put out a massive amount of punches per round which can result in an accumulation stoppage. This, combined with his ability to take a punch himself is the reason why he is such a large favorite over Miskirtchian.
In fights like this where one fighter is favored by so much, most of the betting action comes on the underdog or the total rounds. In this case, boxing gamblers have seen something in the durable Miskirtchian and his odds have moved with most of the online bookies.