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Martin Bakole Ilunga vs Ytalo Perea Odds & Pick

Dylan Bowker

by Dylan Bowker in Boxing

Updated Apr 8, 2020 · 3:20 PM PDT

Martin Bakole Illunga fights this weekend
Bakole relatively recently suffered his first defeat when he was stopped by the well regarded Michael Hunter. Photo By @ringnews24(Twitter)
  • Bakole Ilunga vs Perea goes Friday, August 2, 2019 at 5:00 pm EST
  • Can Bakole continue to build his name in the heavyweight ranks? Will Perea put it on Bakole and shock the boxing world? 
  • We break down Bakole Ilunga vs Perea below

Bakole Ilunga vs Perea hail from Exhibition Centre in Liverpool. This is the only heavyweight bout set for the Matchroom Boxing card. The eight round contest will be broadcast on Sky Sports and DAZN on August 2, 2019.

Bakole is a Congo born pugilist now training with the best in Scotland and he’ll stand opposite of Perea; a purveyor of the sweet science out of Ecuador who boasts an impressive amateur run.

Bakole Ilunga vs Perea Odds

Fighter Odds
Martin Bakole Ilunga -2000
Ytalo Perea +900

*Odds taken 07/31/19

Bakole relatively recently suffered his first defeat when he was stopped by the well-regarded Michael Hunter. The sting of defeat wouldn’t last long as Bakole stopped Mariusz Wach in his last outing. The heavyweight bruiser is back in the win column and is making good career moves.

Recently signing with Eddie Hearn should be able to provide him a great platform to bolster his brand and for larger audiences to get behind Bakole. Matchroom Boxing also has a great stable of heavyweight fighters which benefits both Hearn and Bakole.

Bakole Puts It on Perea

Bakole built up a brief but unblemished amateur record and rushed to the pro ranks relatively early on after going 17-0. This has been a recurring theme in Bakole’s career who seems to continually take big leaps in competition between each bout. Bakole’s preparation helps him in these situations as he puts in hundreds of rounds with elite-level fighters.

Some names that Bakoe has trained with include Anthony Joshua, Hughie Fury, Daniel Dubois, and Nathan Gorman. Bakole will get in that sparring work in any location.

Perea does have a few more losses on his record than Bakole. Interesting to note though that in those four losses, Perea always went to the judge’s scorecards. He has never been stopped and it will be intriguing to see if Bakole becomes the first man to halt Perea inside the distance.

Bakole Ilunga vs Perea Tale of the Tape

Bakole Ilunga
12-1 Record 11-4-2
9 Knockouts 7
6’6 Height 6’0
N/A Reach N/A
Mariusz Wach, DL Jones, Ali Baghouz Significant Wins Elieser Castillo,
Dominic Breazeale (Olympics qualifier),
Simon Kean
orthodox Stance orthodox

Bakole Ilunga vs Perea is interesting to examine when you consider the respective ring time each man has had. The experience in terms of wins and losses is relatively similar but Perea has 85 rounds of ring time compared to Bakole’s 44. Despite some of these considerations, I clearly have it for Bakole.

This matchmaking reads to me as an effort to build up Bakole’s resume a bit more. It seems like a slow burn kind of a build to make another notable heavyweight player within the Matchroom stable. I have Bakole via stoppage inside of six rounds.

Pick: Bakole (-2000)

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