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No Canelo? No Problem: Benavidez vs Gvozdyk Betting Breakdown

He’s sick and tired of calling out Canelo Alvarez to no avail, so WBC Super Middleweight champ David Benavidez will now test his might against the 175-pound opposition with a divisional debut versus a formidable Oleksandr Gvozdyk.

With ‘Tank’ Davis and Frank Martin headlining, it’s set to be a magnificent event in Las Vegas this weekend, and we’ve dissected the Benavidez vs Gvozdyk co-main clash and boxing odds for your betting pleasure.

Benavidez vs Gvozdyk Betting Breakdown
David Benavidez - David Becker/Getty Images/AFP

 

Benavidez vs Gvozdyk Event Information

  • Date & Time: Saturday, June. 15, 2024 – 08:00 p.m. ET
  • Location: MGM Grand Garden Arena
  • Promotion: TGB Promotions
  • Scheduled Bouts: 11
  • Benavidez vs Gvozdyk Live Stream: Box Live
  • Main Event Bout: Gervonta Davis vs Frank Martin
  • Co-Main Event Bout: David Benavidez vs Oleksandr Gvozdyk

 

Benavidez vs Gvozdyk Betting Odds

 

David Benavidez: “El Bandera Roja” Tired of Waiting for Canelo

David Benavidez is, without a doubt, a pound-for-pound talent on many people’s radars. Sure, he tested positive for cocaine that one time and was allegedly drunk on the DAZN broadcast earlier this year, but who’s counting?

If Canelo Alvarez is ducking you, you’re certainly onto something. And that’s precisely why “El Bandera Roja” has exited the middleweight weight classes to debut as a light heavyweight this weekend because outside of Canelo, the challenges are few and far between.

With Canelo ignoring the callouts, he instead fought Jaime Munguia, and this leaves Benavidez versus Ukraine’s Oleksandr Gvozdyk this weekend. Whether it’s a temporary move or not, he shouldn’t overlook the former champion, who’s a stiff divisional debut test for anyone!

 

A Look at Gvozdyk’s Edge Over Benavidez

Oleksandr Gvozdyk hasn’t held a world title since 2019, and the beatdown Artur Beterbiev put on him remains fresh in our memories. However, with a former 168-pounder opposite him, the Ukrainian will bring size, power, and skills to the table that Benavidez has never witnessed during his pro boxing tenure.

We can all agree that Caleb Plant is the highest level of competition Benavidez has faced. However, “Sweet Hands” isn’t remotely close to the powerful, large, and technically skilled fighter Gvozdyk is.

The counter-argument is that Gvozdyk retired following the tenth round KO/TKO from Beterbiev and that the 37-year-old isn’t the man he once was. Well, try telling that to his 2023 opponents, as “The Nail” proved he’s actually the hammer by finishing two of his opponents from last year via devasting knockouts.

“I Have Something to Show Benavidez,” Says Gvozdyk

During this week’s grand arrivals, Gvozdyk told the media he has ‘something to show’ Benavidez:

He might even have more experience because of the quality of fighters he had, which might even be more than mine. I had a long career. I had 250 amateur fights and have something to show him.”

 

 

Benavidez vs Gvozdyk: The Tale of the Tape

Benavidez
Gvozdyk
USA
Country
Ukraine
27
Age
37
28-0-0
Pro Record
20-1-0
24
KOs
16
6’1”
Height
6’2
77.0”
Reach
75.0”
W/W/W/W/W
Win/Loss (Last 5)
W/W/W/L/W
WBC World Super Middleweight
Championship Titles
-
Orthodox
Stance
Orthodox
203 days
Inactivity
259 days
10 years
Pro
10 years

 

 

Benavidez vs Gvozdyk: Skill-for-Skill

Don’t let the Beterbiev TKO fool you; Gvozdyk has been one of the best defensively sound fighters at light heavyweight. His robust durability was only tested through an accumulation of strikes that eventually forced him out. From a technical standpoint, he’s also excellent, most notably with a solid jab, and if this fight comes down to a battle of fundamentals, it’s a very winnable fight for the underdog.

The physicality of Gvozdyk is an added variable to factor. He won’t lack in size, strength, or power, particularly on the inside, where Benavidez has been able to bully 168-pounders in the past. However, in the Ukrainian’s older age, it would seem the mobility of his movement hasn’t been great, which looked flawed against Beterbiev and wasn’t tested in his three most recent wins.

 

Benavidez seems to have the level of talent to really adjust during fights and place himself in a winning position. Should he make this an ugly fight and avoid a straight-out technical war, the mobility issue of Gvozdyk can certainly come into play where Benavidez, whose elite footwork and movement has caused problems for so many opponents to date.

This will undeniably be the biggest challenge of Benavidez’s career, and his adaptability will be one of his strongest advantages alongside the outside variables such as age, mentality, and trajectory of his opponent.

 

      • Benavidez has gone over 8 ½ rounds in 3 of his previous 6 bouts
      • Benavidez has never been knocked out during his career
      • Gvozdyk has never lost under 8 ½ rounds during his pro career
      • Gvozdyk has suffered just 1 KO/TKO loss in a 21-fight career

 

Best Pick for Benavidez vs Gvozdyk

Saturday’s co-main event will be a completely competitive fight and the best opponent Benavidez has faced. However, while Gvozdyk has the physicality to sustain the favorite roughneck style, I’m unsure of his mentality at this stage after he retired following his trip to the hospital post-Beterbiev.

I expect Benavidez’s string of combinations to present Gvozdyk with some complications late in the fight. The early on-goings could look like the underdog is ahead. Still, whether it’s a championship round stoppage or decision win, “El Bandera Roja” will make his mark on the light heavyweight division.

Regarding boxing betting lines, I don’t like the juice on Benavidez’s moneyline, but the over 8 ½ rounds are live! Both fighters have the durability and physicality factor going in their favor, and should a stoppage surface; I don’t envision it arriving until very late in the bout, reminiscent of Gvozdyk’s only career KO/TKO loss.

My Best Boxing Bet:

 

 

Odds and information are accurate at the time of writing. Please check with official sources for the latest updates before placing any bets.

 

Questions of the Day

Are Benavidez and Gvozdyk fighting for a championship?


On Saturday, June 15, at the MGM Grand Arena, David Benavidez and Oleksandr Gvozdyk will compete for the WBC Interim Light Heavyweight Championship.

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