Tony Bellew is defending his WBC cruiserweight title against boxer/commentator BJ Flores this Saturday, October 15, in Liverpool, England. Betting odds have Bellew as the clear favorite and you can read our preview along with a prediction for the fight.
Tony Bellew is upwards of (-1600) odds against BJ Flores, who is sitting as a (+800) underdog, according to major British bookmaker Bet365.
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There has been a war of words between these two boxers on social media and Bellew has vowed to make him pay for what he has said. It is no surprise that Flores can talk, as he has worked as a boxing commentator for much of his career. He is part of the PBC team and most recently provided commentary for the Rio Olympics.
However, Flores' career as a commentator can only detract from his training as a boxer and that is why he finds himself as a large underdog against Tony Bellew (who is still only -1000 at William Hill). This is because the boxing career of Flores has been marked by prolonged periods of inactivity and he has only fought 3 times in the last 3 years, one of these being a 6 round tuneup last May.
One thing about Flores is that he has never been knocked out and Bellew would love to be the first to do so, especially after all the trash talk directed towards him. Bellew certainly has the capability to stop Flores after winning 17 of his 30 fights via KO, and the crowd support in Liverpool should give him that extra oomph behind his punches.
Prediction: Bet on Tony Bellew to win via KO/TKO/DQ at (-200) odds