Boxing Betting: Brant could be in for tough night

Ed Hawkins

Thursday, February 14, 2019 6:09 PM UTC

Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019 6:09 PM UTC

Unheralded Bayasangurov is a value pick to take the spoils is enthralling encounter.

<p>There could be an upset on the cards when American <a href="">Rob Brant takes on Kasan Baysangurov</a> in Minnesota on Friday 15th February in front of the ESPN cameras.</p><p>The bookmakers are not so sure of the temperature of this heat with Brant a warm order. Brant is as short as 1/9 with <a href=";a=a710bfac-73c1-4a57-b441-2caf1b9f397b">William Hill</a> so it stands to reason that the firm are best about his challenger, who is 5s. <a href=";a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18">Bet365</a> also go 5/1.</p><p>The pair will be fighting for a version of the WBA middleweight belt that, for example, The Ring, does not recognise but the boxing bible does recognise Brant’s clear talent. He is No 4 on their ratings, with all eyes looking up to No 1, and the true WBA champ, Mexican Canelo Alvarez.</p><p>But Baysangurov is a fancy here and we’ve had our eye on his progress for sometime. He’s 17 unbeaten and, as you would expect for someone who originally hails from Russia, he is as tough as old cow hide. He has a rapier-like left-jab which he has an ability to land with unerring accuracy.</p><p>Far more of a technician than a power puncher, though, Baysangurov is a fighter in it for the long haul of impressing the judges. His strategy is likely to be to wear down Brant and then come on strong in the closing rounds.</p><p>There is no doubt this is a tough ask for Baysangurov. The Grand Casino, Hinckley is a home from home for Brant and he’s won ten times there. Bayasangurov is making his debut Stateside. Moreover, Brant is the talk of the town.</p><p>Last time out he caused a stir with a victory over the fancied Ryota Murata by unanimous decision to take the belt. The Japanese had probably taken Brant lightly and was over-aggressive, reckoning he would be in for a short night’s work with one eye on a big-money fight against Gennady Golovkin.</p><p>Unfortunately for Brant, Bayasangurov’s style is completely different and we could see a similar fight to when the 28-year-old was worn down by Juergen Braehmer last October. The bookies agree that this could be a technical war and the likes of Bet365 and Betfair are 2/5 that it goes the distance.</p><p>If Brant is to take it we think it will be by decision and Betfair go 8/11. Bayasangurov is 7s for the same with Bet365. But let’s not be greedy so stick with the 5s that he triumphs.</p>
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