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Our Best Boxing Parlay Features “The Gypsy King,” Usyk, Opetaia & More

A highly anticipated boxing encounter will occur on Saturday afternoon in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, between Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk. The winner will be the first heavyweight to unify all four titles and the first undisputed champ in nearly two decades. Therefore, in preparation for this bout, it is imperative that we devise an ideal boxing parlay to supplement our bankrolls.

In an effort to bulk our parlay value, we turn to the co-main event of the evening, which involves cruiserweight sluggers Mairis Briedis and Jai Opetaia, as well as an undercard contest between Anthony Cacace and Joe Cordina, who compete for the IBO Super Featherweight strap.

Our Best Boxing Parlay Features “The Gypsy King,” Usyk, Opetaia & More
Ukrainian boxer Oleksandr Usyk | Fayez Nureldine / AFP

Boxing betting lines are primed and available for the taking, so let’s get ready to rumble!

 

Fury vs Usyk: Ring of Fire Event Information

  • Date & Time: Saturday, May. 18, 2024 – 12:00 p.m. ET
  • Location: Kingdom Arena, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Promotion: Queensbury Promotions
  • Scheduled Bouts: 10
  • Fury vs Usyk Live Stream: Box Live
  • Main Event Bout: Tyson Fury vs. Oleksandr Usyk
  • Co-Main Event Bout: Jai Opetaia vs. Mairis Briedis

 

Fury’s Weight Gamble: KO or Decision in Historic Clash?

Has Tyson Fury lost too much weight ahead of Saturday’s undisputed title bout? Can “The Gypsy King” still deliver fight-ending blows at such a low weight? Will Usyk be susceptible to body shots after the controversial knockdown he suffered versus Daniel Dubois? Is the Ukrainian Fury’s most challenging opponent to date?

There is just one more sleep until those questions are answered, and right now, the atmosphere in Saudi Arabia is palpable. Fans, critics, opposing teams, and casual viewers alike expect a brutal knockout finish on Saturday afternoon. It’s the hardest-hitting division in boxing, after all.

However, many factors, including Usyk’s technical offensive and defensive style, Fury’s biggest weight cut in history, and the pressure involved with the magnitude of this contest, could indicate that the judge’s scorecards will be required to crown an undisputed king.

 

Parlay Pick 1: Fight to Go The Distance/Yes (-225)

One of the most notable attributes of both Fury and Usyk is their ability to keep a consistent pace throughout twelve rounds. Conditioning has never been an issue for either man. When you combine this with the fact that neither fighter has been knocked out or even lost a pro bout during their careers, I believe that it signals that this highly anticipated fight will be settled on the judge’s scorecards.

 

 

  • Fury and Usyk are both undefeated.
  • Knockdowns have been very limited in Fury and Usyk’s pro careers.
  • Neither Fury nor Usyk have ever been knocked out in their amateur and pro careers.

 

KO or Upset? Briedis Seeks Redemption vs Opetaia

A rematch we’ve been waiting for since the pair first clashed to a tightly fought decision back in 2022. Mairis Briedis, who’s only suffered defeat to Usyk and his weekend opponent, looks for redemption against Australia’s Jai Opetaia, who’s collected another two knockout wins since his first meeting with the Latvian brute.

One of the most noteworthy storylines heading into this co-main event is the fact that Briedis is now 39 years old and has been inactive for over 600 days. He hasn’t fought since Opetaia defeated him, and although he’s known for his durability, having never been stopped inside the distance, he’s arguably fighting the next big thing in cruiserweight boxing, who’s done nothing but evolve since their first clash.

 

Parlay Pick Leg 2: Opetaia Moneyline (-770)

Has Opetaia even reached his prime? The Aussie continues to evolve, deliver highlight-reel performances, and dominate every opponent the WBC puts in front of him. His current trajectory, behind an unblemished 24-0 record, could well deliver the next undisputed cruiserweight king, and the likes of Anthony Joshua, Fury, and Usyk should be aware that a new heavyweight player could enter the fray in the near future.

For me, a younger, less experienced version of Opetaia has already won a twelve-round contest against Briedis. Now that he’s gained confidence and collected 19 knockout victories to date, how does a sidelined Briedis formulate a game plan to stop his warpath?

The moneyline price on Opetaia isn’t pretty, but this is straight-up indicative of the lopsided performance he’s about to deliver this weekend. If you thought he was impressive last time out, hold his beer because I wouldn’t be surprised if he becomes the first man to hand Briedis a knockout defeat.

 

 

  • Opetaia has won 19 of his 24 pro bouts via knockout.
  • Opetaia is undefeated as a professional (24-0).
  • Briedis hasn’t fought since 2022.
  • Briedis is 39 years old.

 

Can Cacace Shock Cordina for the Belt?

It’s been a grueling road to the top for Anthony Cacace. Still, finally, the North Irish native has secured an opportunity to fight for an established world title when he faces Joe Cordina for the IBO Super Featherweight strap.

Unfortunately for Cacace, the Irishman who’s developed into a noteworthy regional talent, this fight will be the biggest step up in competition he’s faced. Critics have already looked beyond him, as Cordina is being tipped to step right into other super featherweight title fights against the division’s elite.

While I don’t believe Cordina has proved himself to be the next big thing at 130 pounds, he’s undoubtedly skilled enough to challenge mid-tier talent such as Cacace, especially when the opposition lacks much power.

 

Parlay Pick Leg 3: Cordina Moneyline (-700)

Betting odds aren’t leaving much to our imagination, and much like boxing pundits, the -700 suggests it’s an easy night for the #1-ranked Welsh fighter, and to be honest, I can’t disagree.

Cacace is long, and his utilization of range could certainly pose problems. However, he’s absent of a power-punching threat, and this will only allow Cordina to do what he does best: out-box the opposition while dictating the pace.

Ultimately, Cordina is the more diverse fighter with greater technical skills and a bigger knockout threat. He’s also fought at a much higher level, and the skill gap will be displayed when the favorite proves his worth in the sportsbook.

 

 

  • Cordina is undefeated as a professional (17-0).
  • Cacace has fought just one fight per year since 2019.
  • Cacace has won just seven of his 21 pro career wins by KO.

 

Questions Of The Day

Where can I watch Fury vs Usyk?


The highly anticipated boxing bout between heavyweight titans Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk, which serves as the main attraction of the Ring of Fire event, will exclusively be accessible via pay-per-view in the United States. The fight may be acquired via DAZN, ESPN+, or directly through PPV.com.

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