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La Bala Targets Bohachuk: WBC Interim Strap Up for Grabs

Saturday, March 30, in Las Vegas, USA, at the T-Mobile Arena. In a 12-round super welterweight bout, Brian “La Bala” Mendoza will challenge Serhii “El Flaco” Bohachuk for the vacant WBC (Interim) World title.

Mendoza and Bohachuk will trade, and with that in mind, I’m here to cover all your boxing betting needs for the highly contested bout.

La Bala Targets Bohachuk: WBC Interim Strap Up for Grabs
Boxer Serhii Bohachuk/Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP

 

Mendoza vs Bohachuk Event Information

  • Date & Time: Saturday, March. 30, 2024 – 08:00 p.m. ET
  • Location: T Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, NV
  • Promotion: TGB Promotions
  • Scheduled Bouts: 11
  • How to Watch: Amazon Prime
  • Main Event Bout: Tszyu vs. Fundora
  • Co-Main Event Bout: Romero vs Cruz
  • Moneyline Probability: Mendoza – 40% (+150) Bohachuk – 64.3% (-180)

 

Mendoza vs Bohachuk Betting Odds


 

Mendoza vs. Bohachuk: Fighter Previews

Brian “La Bala” Mendoza

Aged 30, Mendoza now fights out of Nevada’s Sin City. After a successful amateur career, he turned pro in 2014 and has since boxed 101 rounds. He is making his way up the ranks with a record of 22-3, 16 knockout victories, and three losses in his previous seven fights. He lost against Larry Gomez in a split decision after eight rounds in 2019, Jesus Alejandro Ramos in September 2021 after ten rounds, and Tszyu in his most recent fight by unanimous decision.

In April of last year, he won the WBC Interim Junior Middleweight Title with a spectacular seventh-round knockout of Sebastian Fundora despite being down by a significant margin on all three scorecards.

Mendoza might be the underdog for this bout, but he might be the best boxing pick on March 30.

 

 

Serhii “El Flaco” Bohachuk

Bohachuk, a 28-year-old Ukrainian knockout artist, boasts an amazing record of 23-1, with all 23 victories achieved via stoppage. His lone defeat was a technical knockout, showing that he has never reached the scorecards thus far, as his longest bout lasted until the eighth round, ending when Brandon Adams stopped him in March 2021. Interestingly, Bohachuk had a clear lead on all three scorecards until the eventual stoppage.

The Ukrainian’s exceptional power is evident, considering he has only fought 85 rounds in 24 matches since his professional debut in 2017. Prior to that, he had a successful amateur career and participated in the World Series of Boxing for Ukraine. He achieved silver medalist status at the 2015 Ukrainian Championships and held the title of national champion three times in the under-22 category. Additionally, he has achieved the title of WBC Continental Americas Junior Middleweight Champion on two separate occasions.

 

 

Mendoza vs Bohachuk: The Tale of the Tape

Mendoza
Bohachuk
Country
USA
Ukraine
Age
30
28
Pro Record
22-3-0
23-1-0
KOs
16
23
Height
5’10”
6’0”
Reach
70.0”
73.0”
Win/Loss (Last 5)
L/W/W/W/L
W/W/W/W/W
Championship Titles
-
-
Stance
Orthodox
Orthodox
Inactivity
167 days
252 days
Pro
9 years
7 years

 

Mendoza vs Bohachuk: Main Event Breakdown & Analysis

There’s no denying Bohachuk’s devastating power; his 100% knockout rate speaks for itself. However, behind such an aggressive stance, with a plodding forward style and little respect for his opponents’ counters, the Ukrainian leaves much to be desired in his defensive work.

Even in his victories, Bohachuk has been rocked on multiple occasions. His one-dimensional style is a huge concern as he starts competing against the upper echelon of Junior Middleweight, and his lack of head movement alongside average footwork could see him surrender to fellow power punchers.

Mendoza is such a skilled boxer when it comes to counterpunching, and it could be argued that Bohachuk is the perfect opponent to utilize this skill set. At range, “La Bala” is the greater of the two, and he even out-boxed Tim Tszyu from a distance last time out despite losing the bout.

With Mendoza also showing excellent counter-punching on the outside versus Fundora, he cashed as a huge underdog and proved that his in-ring tools can often be overlooked. He’s also incredibly durable, thus displayed in the latter rounds versus Tszyu.

 

The Best Boxing Bet: Mendoza Moneyline (+150)

I’ve never seen a bout in which Mendoza has been dropped; he was fully prepared to fight this weekend despite the last-minute opponent change. Somewhere between rounds six and eight, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Bohachuk land one of his devasting left or right counterhooks. When you watch Brandon Adams succeed against the Ukrainian with power strikes, I have no doubt the American can emulate a similar path to victory, despite what the Las Vegas boxing moneyline odds suggest.

 

 

 

  • Mendoza has lost 3 of his previous 7 bouts
  • Bohachuk boasts a 100% knockout record in his pro career

 

WBC Junior Middleweight Title Bout: The Crystal Ball Predictions

In this WBC championship bout, a quick rub of my crystal ball reveals that the aggressive style of Boahchuk will be easily read, as the skilled and powerful counterstriking ability of Mendoza will shock onlookers once again as he cashes as a sportsbook betting underdog.

 

Potential Bets from a Round 7 Mendoza KO:

  • Mendoza Moneyline [+150]
  • Mendoza By KO/TKO [+220]
  • Mendoza To Win In Round 7 [+2000]
  • Fight To Go The Distance/No [-250]

 

 

The odds and predictions in the article are based on the time of writing and publication. They may differ as to when the actual event takes place.

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