Interim Title at Stake
On November 25, in Dublin, Skye Nicolson will face Lucy Wildheart for the interim WBC featherweight world title. The bout will take place on the undercard of the undisputed super-lightweight title rematch between Chantelle Cameron and Katie Taylor.
Nicolson vs Wildheart: Fighter Previews
Nicolson, an Australian Olympic quarterfinalist in 2020, returns to the ring two months after defeating Sabrina Maribel Perez (18-2-1, 2KOs) in 10 rounds by unanimous decision on September 15 in Tijuana, Mexico, to claim the interim WBC title.
Diego Arrua, the trainer and spouse of Perez, suffered a myocardial infarction before the final chime and died less than two hours after the fight.
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After the competition, Nicolson took some time for herself before devising career strategies for herself, both inside and outside the ring. The 28-year-old southpaw from Yatala has assisted in the preliminaries of DAZN “Before the Bell”’ broadcasts in both the United Kingdom, where she trains and the United States.
Nicolson has resumed her duties within the arena as a mandatory challenger vying for the complete WBC featherweight championship. Amanda Serrano, the legendary and uncontested featherweight champion, currently holds that title.
Wildheart is a Swedish professional boxer who has four victories by knockout and a record of 10-2. She currently resides in the United Kingdom and attends Churchill’s Boxing Club. Additionally, she is a certified personal trainer and is in excellent physical condition. Wildheart, who is 30 years old and stands 5-foot-5, is entering her second consecutive title opportunity.
In her last fight, she lost to Mikaela Mayer, the former unified junior lightweight champion. This lightweight match on April 15 presented Wildheart with an opportunity to replace Christina Linardatou with less than a day’s notice.
The only other loss suffered by the 30-year-old Swedish fighter was in June 2019 at lightweight against Olympic gold medalist Estelle Mossely.
Nicolson vs Wildheart: The Tale of the Tape
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Nicolson vs Wildheart: Main Event Breakdown & Analysis
Nicolson’s Fight Style & How She Can Defeat Wildheart
Nicolson, who turned professional in 2022, is an exceptionally talented prospect who recently won the world championship following a meteoric rise to the pinnacle of the sport. She is a physically fit southpaw whose hands move with tremendous velocity.
She consistently executes a vicious left hand down the chute and will position herself to accomplish that. Once she begins to rest on her strikes more often, the potential for knockout victories will undoubtedly heighten.
WildHeart’s Fight Style & How She Can Defeat Nicolson
The wagering odds on both of these women are somewhat unexpected, given what has been seen on tape. Wildheart accepted a 24-hour notice world title fight and fought aggressively against the physically dominant Mayer last time out, bearing no shame whatsoever.
Wildheart is traditional in her output and employs solid counterattacks and head movement. It is evident that each time she enters the ring, she strives to fight ethically and do the “sweet science” justice. She is the epitome of professionalism, and her impeccable physical condition could certainly cause the undefeated prospect some problems.
The Best Betting Pick: Nicolson To Win By Decision or Tech Decision
The official prediction for Nicolson vs. Wildheart is that Nicolson will have her hand raised following a relatively close decision. She will likely advance in at least 7 of the 10 rounds through her gritty style and determination.
However, the straight moneyline price on boxing Vegas odds is severely crooked, and I don’t agree that it accurately represents the respective skill sets.
Considering Wildheart has never been knocked out, and Nicolson has won all of her pro bouts via the judges’ scorecards, backing the favorite to win by decision will at least alleviate some of the juice.
Wildheart will undoubtedly be prepared for the task at hand, but Nicolson’s prowess is too formidable to wager against. Throughout this week, sportsbooks may publish additional prop wagers featuring more favorable odds for wagering on Nicolson. Perhaps even her achieving a knockout would qualify as a worthwhile risk if you aren’t willing to pay up.
Nicolson vs Wildheart Vegas Boxing Odds
Nicolson vs Wildheart Event Information
- Date & Time: Saturday, Nov. 25, 2023 – 2 p.m. ET
- Location: 3Arena, Dublin, Ireland
- Promotion: Matchroom
- Scheduled Bouts: 9
- Nicolson vs Wildheart Live Stream: Box Live
- Main Event Bout: Chantelle Cameron vs Katie Taylor
- Moneyline Probability: Nicolson – 94.3% (-1667) Wildheart – 10.9% (+817)
Questions Of The Day
Will the fight go over 9.5 rounds?
For those backing the large favorite Nicolson (-1667), you should certainly expect this contest to exceed 9.5 rounds. Neither fighter has been knocked out during their respective careers.
Which fighter is more likely to win by knockout?
Nicolson has displayed glimpses of power in the past knockdowns she’s achieved, and when considering the Aussie’s ability to sit down on her punches, we believe she owns the greater chance of a KO victory.