- Mykal Fox vs Gabriel Maestre goes Saturday, August 7th at 8 PM EST
- Who claims this welterweight strap in the coming days?
- Check out the fight odds, analysis, and predictions below
Mykal Fox vs Gabriel Maestre emanates from The Armory in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This PBC Fight Night broadcasts on FOX at 8 PM EST on Saturday, August 7th, 2021.
The interim WBA welterweight world championship is on the line, with both vying for the vacant hardware. Make sure to take a look at the latest sportsbook promos before making your bet on Maestre vs Fox.
Mykal Fox vs Gabriel Maestre Odds
|Fighter||Odds at FOX Bet|
Odds as of August 5th
This bout was initially supposed to feature Cody Crowley. Crowley tested positive for COVID-19, however, so Fox stepped up and took the vacated spot.
Fox vs Maestre Recent Fights
|Lucas Santamaria, loss via unanimous decision||Fight 1||Daniel Vega Cota, win via first-round KO|
|John Arellano, win via unanimous decision||Fight 2||Diego Gabriel Chaves, win via fourth-round TKO|
|Eudy Bernardo, win via unanimous decision||Fight 3||Jeovanis Barraza, win via second-round TKO|
|Fazliddin Gaibnazarov, win via unanimous decision||Fight 4||Not Applicable|
Mykal Fox as a Spoiler
Mykal Fox has played the role of spoiler before when taking on some ballyhooed prospects in the past. As evidenced by his win over gold medalist Fazliddin Gaibnazarov.
Fox returns to the ring one year after his last bout aiming to get the proverbial train back on the tracks and resume his winning ways.
Despite the lopsided nature of the line here, Fox is regarded by many as one of the stiffer tests that Maestre has been faced with as a professional.
The two-time Venezuelan Olympian is making his US debut against Fox here. With amateur wins over guys like Brian Castano and Oscar Molina to name a couple, it’s easy to see why Gabriel Maestre has such fanfare around him.
Gabriel Maestre’s Road to WBA Gold
Regardless of the surrounding circumstance or the interim tag on the belt, this is still noteworthy for Maestre. A fighter entering the ring for their fourth pro bout and contending for a world championship is wild regardless.
He has less than a handful of pro bouts, but that belies the depth of skill Gabriel Maestre has within the sweet science though. The man has a wealth of amateur experience that has honed a higher fight IQ than some may infer from his pro resume alone.
Fox’s five-inch reach advantage and professional experiences are certainly worth observing in this one. That being said, I just think Maestre has a level of momentum and hype in his favor.
He was also already slated to be on the card. So the short notice component is more relative to the specific opponent. Maestre has been working hard and diligently to compete on this early August fight night.
Mykal Fox vs Gabriel Maestre Tale of the Tape
In the end, I favor Maestre here, and I think he puts on a boxing lesson over the full distance.
Maestre’s one hundred percent knockout rate is eye-catching, but I also look at Fox never having been halted as a pro, and there’s something about this matchup that leads me to infer that this will be a chance for Maestre to showcase his skills over twelve full rounds.
If prop bets can be found on this fight going to the final bell and Maestre winning via points/ decision then those would present good value in my estimation.
Pick: Gabriel Maestre (-400)