One of the top pound for pound boxers on the planet returns to the ring on Saturday when Dmitry Bivol takes on Gilberto Ramirez. The bout takes place in Abu Dhabi. Also on Saturday, Jessica McCaskill throws down against Chantelle Cameron and David Morrell Jr. puts his super middleweight strap on the line versus Aidos Yerbossynuly. Keep reading for Boxing Lines, analysis, and free picks for five of Saturday’s top boxing matches.
Bivol Back in Action Versus Ramirez | Boxing Lines
- When: Saturday, Nov. 5
Shavkatdzhon Rakhimov -434 vs. Zelfa Barrett +274 | IBF Junior Lightweight Title
- Abu Dhabi – United Arab Emirates – DAZN
Underdog Zelfa Barrett brings an excellent 28-1 record into the ring. Barrett has won 16 of his bouts via stoppage.
Shavkatdzhon Rakhimov is 16-0-1. The favorite has won 13 of his bouts via knockout, which is the main reason Rakhimov offers such low odds to take down Barrett. But Zelfa hasn’t lost since a 2018 fight versus Ronnie Clark.
The odds difference makes Rakhimov an underlay and Barrett an overlay. Backing the overlay is the way to go.
Boxing Pick: Zelfa Barrett
Chantelle Cameron -188 vs Jessica McCaskill +135 | Undisputed Junior Welterweight Title
Jessica McCaskill is a skilled boxer. McCaskill has a decent 12-2 record with 5 stoppage victories. Jessica hasn’t lost since 2017. When she did lose, it was against arguably the best woman boxer on the planet, the great Katie Taylor.
Chantelle Cameron has a flashier record. Cameron is 16-0 with 8 knockout victories. The chalk in this bout has won 5 of her last 6 via unanimous decision. The decision wins tells us Cameron can box as well as throw power punches. McCaskill has a chance but Chantelle should get the win.
Boxing Pick: Chantelle Cameron
Dmitry Bivol -416 vs Gilberto Ramirez +266 | WBA Light Heavyweight Title
Gilberto Ramirez isn’t a sacrificial lamb. Ramirez has a stunning 44-0 record. Not only is Gilberto 44-0 but “Zurdo” has won 30 of his bouts via knockout.
However, before dumping on the dog, it’s important to note that none of the opponents Ramirez has faced is close to Dmitry Bivol’s talent level. Bivol beat Canelo in his last because he stuck to a script that has led to a 20-0 record.
Bivol’s jab is one of the best in boxing. It’s both accurate and powerful. It also sets up power punches that keep Dmitry’s opponents off balance. Ramirez will fight hard but he’s up against a beast on Saturday.
Boxing Pick: Dmitry Bivol
Brian Mendoza +174 vs Jeison Rosario -250
- Minneapolis – Showtime
The fact Brian Mendoza is only a +174 underdog speaks to the respect boxing oddsmakers and fans have for him. Mendoza has lost 2 of his last 4. A positive about the losses is that both were by decision and 1 loss happened via split-decision.
But although Mendoza has a chance in this bout, Rosario is fighting too well to lose. Jeison has won 3 in a row via technical knockout. Not only that, but all 3 fights happened from November 2021 to July 2022. Rosario takes this.
Boxing Pick: Jeison Rosario
David Morrell Jr. -1111 vs Aidos Yerbossynuly +508 | WBA Super Middleweight Title
Don’t let Cuban boxer David Morrell Jr.’s 7-0 record full you. Morrell has way more experience than his pro record indicates.
David clocked 49 amateur victories to 5 defeats. He knows his way around a boxing ring.
On Saturday, Morell Jr. throws down against tough Aidos Yerbossynuly. Yerbossynuly is 16-0 with 11 knockout wins.
No doubt, Aidos has a chance but it’s only a puncher’s chance. Morrell Jr. is much taller and has a much longer reach. The chalk wins. So look for a prop before backing Morrell on the money line.
Boxing Pick: David Morrell Jr.