Murodjon Akhmadaliev aims to extend his unblemished pro boxing record to 11-0 when he puts his WBA (Super) and IBF super-bantamweight titles on the line against top-ranked contender Ronny Rios. This clash is scheduled for Saturday, June 25, at Tech Port Arena in San Antonio, Texas.
Online sportsbook BetUS has got you covered with all the Akhmadaliev vs Rios odds, and has pegged the champion as a lofty -700 favorite, while Rios lags as a lengthy +450 underdog.
That means sports bettors backing Akhmadaliev must wager $700 to generate winnings of $100, while a successful $100 bet on Rios will produce winnings of $450.
Akhmadaliev vs Rios Odds
Odds as of June 23 at BetUS
A deeper dive into the Akhmadaliev vs Rios odds using our sports betting calculator tells us that Akhmadaliev’s -700 odds translate to an implied win probability of 87.50 percent, while Rios’ +450 odds suggest he has just an 18.18 percent implied win probability.
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Murodjon Akhmadaliev vs Ronny Rios Odds Analysis
Akhmadaliev has established a loyal following at the sportsbooks over the course of his brief four-year professional career. The 27-year-old Uzbekistan native has been regularly pegged as a betting favorite, and sported odds as short as -5000 in his most recent title defense, a 12-round unanimous-decision win over Jose Velasquez last November.
The most notable exception to that trend was when he defeated Daniel Roman by split decision to claim the WBA (Super) and IBF super-bantamweight crowns, paying out as a +250 underdog.
Rios Resilient at Sportsbooks Despite Lengthy Layoffs
Rios has also enjoyed steady support from sports bettors despite seeing limited action in recent years. The 32-year-old American outlasted Oscar Negrete to claim a 10-round unanimous decision as a -240 bet in his most recent outing 16 months ago, and has sported positive odds just twice in his past 10 fights.
Indeed, Rios has regularly emerged as a massive favorite, and has been tagged with odds of -2400 or shorter in five of 10 contests.
Murodjon Akhmadaliev vs Ronny Rios Betting Preview
Akhmadaliev was originally expected to face WBA mandatory challenger Rios last November, but instead took on last-minute replacement Jose Velasquez after Rios was forced to bow out due to COVID-19. The change in opponents did not faze “MJ,” who rolled to a unanimous-decision win to keep his perfect pro record intact.
Indeed, it was a near-flawless performance by the champion, with all three judges giving Akhmadaliev the nod in 11 of 12 rounds, scoring the fight 119-109.
That win marked just the third time in 10 pro contests that MJ has been forced to go the distance. Overall, Akhmadaliev has finished seven of the 10 pro fighters he has faced to date, with six of those wins coming in under five rounds.
That includes a fifth-round TKO win over Ryosuke Iwasa in his first-ever title defense. But while Akhmadaliev enjoyed a clear edge in that contest, the stoppage by the referee has been widely called out as premature.
Can Rios Shake Off Rust Following Long Layoff?
A dominant force in the featherweight division while compiling an impressive 23-0 record to start his pro boxing career, Ronny Rios will be making just his second appearance in the squared circle in 32 months when he tangles with Akhmadaliev on Saturday night.
Now set to make a bid for a world title for the second time in his career, Rios stepped away from the squared circle for over a year after suffering a crushing sixth-round KO loss to Azat Hovhannisyan in March 2018.
Rios is unbeaten in four fights since that return, including spectacular knockout wins over Diego de la Hoya and Hugo Berrio. But the fact that his lone contest since 2019 came over 16 months ago has to be a cause for concern.
Those worries are amplified further given that Akhmadaliev represents the toughest opponent that Rios has faced since his unanimous-decision loss to Rey Vargas in a failed bid for the WBC super-bantamweight title almost five years ago.
Murodjon Akhmadaliev vs Ronny Rios Pick
While Rios brings solid credentials along with aggressive and accurate punching power into this contest, it remains to be seen whether he has made any improvement in defending. That concern heightens considering Rios’ lack of ring experience against notable southpaws.
Indeed, Akhmadaliev’s impeccable footwork, his ability to remain patient until opportunities arise to drop bombs and his solid conditioning will likely make this a long night for Rios, who is unlikely to get close enough to the champion to deliver a decisive blow.
Prediction: Akhmadaliev To Win In Rounds 7-9 (+330)
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