Miguel Vazquez will be defending his IBF lightweight world title against Denis Shafikov as a featured bout on the HBO card this Saturday, February 22. This venue is Macao, China and there are betting odds and props now on offer for Vazquez vs Shafikov…
Odds for this fight can vary at different online boxing bookies, but at all sites Miguel Vazquez is the slight favorite ranging from (-125) to (-175) odds. The total rounds are 9.5 out of a scheduled 12 with the over heavily shaded at (-600).
Miguel Vazquez is another one of the fighters that is known to boxing hardcores (and gamblers), but is largely unknown among the casual fans of boxing. Vazquez has been in there with fighters like Canelo Alvarez and Tim Bradley before they were household names.
The most impressive performances by Vazquez were a win over a then undefeated Breidis Prescott, and a lopsided decision over the highly touted Australian Leonardo Zappavigna in defense of his IBF title. While Vasquez is undefeated in his last 7 fights since winning the title against Ji-Hoon Kim, he has been inactive for over a year heading into this bout with Shafikov.
Denis Shafikov is an undefeated Russian boxer who is 33-0 with 18 KO’s and is considered by many to be one of the best lightweight boxers out of Europe. After recently signing a 3 year agreement with Bob Arum and Top Rank promotions, Shafikov recently made his American debut against Santos Benavides and won by TKO7.
Shafikov is a tough out for any fighter and the ring rust could be an issue for Vazquez in this fight, considering he has been inactive for over a year and has never fought overseas before.
Vazquez vs Shafikov Prop Betting Odds
These are the prop betting odds for Vazquez vs Shafikov and the bookies have Miguel Vazquez on points (+125) as the most likely outcome. Denis Shafikov to win by KO/TKO/DQ at (+600) might be worth a second look.