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Golden Contract Tournament Quarterfinals Odds & Picks

Dylan Bowker

by Dylan Bowker in Boxing

Updated Mar 26, 2020 · 2:50 PM PDT

Golden Contract Tournament Quarterfinals
Golden Contract Tournament Quarterfinals go on Friday, November 22nd. Photo by @boxing_social (Twitter)
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Golden Contract Tournament Quarterfinals emanate from York Hall in London. It’s yet another eight-man elimination tournament with this being the second iteration of the tourney for super lightweight pugilists. The prize that awaits the tournament winner is a two-year deal that guarantees six-figure fight purses and exposure on a global level. The semifinals go early next year with the final set for either May or June tentatively.

Quite a few compelling pugilists fill out the tournament field and the draws they did yielded some fun quarterfinal bouts. I will break down all of those fights and offer the odds for each prizefight below.

Davies vs Yoon Odds

Fighter Odds
Ohara Davies -350
Logan Yoon +265

Odds taken Nov. 21st

Yoon enters the fight with a spotless 16-0 record with 12 KOs among those victories. Davies has a strong 19-2 record with 14 knockouts wins. Yoon has plied his trade mostly on the Mexican and US Boxing circuits. While Yoon is making his UK Boxing debut, Davies has fought all but two of his pro fights on UK soil.

Davies Dominates

Davies will definitely have home-field advantage and get the partisan reaction here. He also arguably has the highest profile of anyone in the tournament field. Davies has been working hard with trainer Tony Cesay and has a renewed vigor about his chances at capturing a world title after a pair of discouraging losses.

I see Davies getting it done and advancing to the semifinals.

Pick: Ohara Davies (-350)

Gething vs Benson Odds

Fighter Odds
Kieran Gething +200
Lewis Benson -260

Gething enters this fight as the Welsh champion. Gething’s last outing marked the first defense of that title when he defeated Craig Woodruff in June of this year. A win that extended his streak to three straight with Gething clocking in 30 rounds so far this calendar year. He certainly has traction and momentum to make the best possible impression he can before 2019 closes out.

Gething Gets it Done

Gething brings a 9-2-1 record to this bout with two KOs among those wins. Benson also has two knockout wins to his credit but has a total career record of 12-2. The withdrawals of Zhankosh Turarov and Anthony Yigit lead to Gething’s involvement in the tournament field and he’s looking to capitalize in a big way.

I think Gething ultimately gets it done here and wins his quarterfinal fight.

Pick: Kieran Gething (+200)

Mimoune vs Surtees Odds

Fighter Odds
Mohamed Mimoune -650
Darren Surtees +425

Mimoune has a 21-3 record with only two knockouts among those wins. Surtees is 12-0 with 9 KOs. Mimoune has held the IBO world super lightweight title and also defended it before taking a loss in his last bout. While Mimoune is by no means a knockout artist, he has a lot more pro experience and is also a crafty southpaw fighter. This will entirely change the angles, footwork, and overall methodology of the orthodox Surtees.

Double M Gets the W

Surtees captured the vacant BBBofC Northern Area super lightweight title. The quality of competition Surtees has faced is much lower though. Surtees will have the partisan support of the crowd but Mimoune has been known to play spoiler before. The French pugilist notched a split decision win over Sam Eggington in Manchester two years ago in a European title bout. Surtees is putting his unblemished record on the line against by far the most proficient pugilist he has faced.

Mimoune is a skilled prizefighter who has even won gold in other weight classes. He captured the EBU European welterweight title and some other hardware in his native France. I see Mimoune using his experience edge and ring savvy to secure the W here.

Pick: Mohamed Mimoune (-650)

Sakyi vs McKenna Odds

Fighter Odds
Mikey Sakyi +450
Tyrone McKenna -700

Sakyi steps into this tournament with an 8-2 record, having scored four knockouts across those wins. McKenna enters this quarterfinal bout at 19-1-1 with six KOs among those wins. In McKenna’s last bout, he captured the vacant WBC International super lightweight title. The new hardware put a solid stamp on what has now turned into a three-fight winning streak for McKenna after suffering his lone career loss.

McKenna Gets His 20th Pro Win

For Sakyi, he captured and defended the BBBofC Southern Area super lightweight title with stoppage wins in both bouts. He looks to level things up by capturing McKenna’s WBC belt in this outing. Sakyi also was a late call up to the tournament, much like Kieran Gething, in lieu of the withdrawals of Turarov and Yigit.

When all is said and done and the dust settles, I see McKenna being the lone man standing in victory.

Pick: Tyrone McKenna (-700)

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