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Nicola Adams vs Maria Salinas Odds and Picks

Dylan Bowker

by Dylan Bowker in Boxing

Updated Mar 31, 2020 · 1:46 PM PDT

Adams vs Salinas
Nicola Adams is a huge -2000 favorite over Maria Sainas on Friday. Photo by @WBOBoxing (Twitter).
  • Adams vs Salinas goes Friday, September 27th, at 5:00 pm EST
  • Can Adams put on a statement performance in her first showcase as world champion?
  • Can Salinas finally win a world title after four prior unsuccessful bids?

Adams vs Salinas is a significant bout for the flyweight division and the entire landscape of women’s boxing. The event takes place at Royal Albert Hall in London, England. The proceedings will be broadcast on BT Sport and ESPN+.

The ten-round contest will be contested for the WBO flyweight championship. It’s the co-main event bout on this card with two title fights positioned at the top. Both of these women are ranked top ten in the world. The odds for this prizefight and my bout breakdown can be found below.

Adams vs Salinas Odds

Fighter Odds
Nicola Adams -2000
Maria Salinas +900

Odds taken 09/25/19.

Adams has the distinction of being the first woman to be a double champion in Olympic boxing. Adams collected gold medals in 2012 and 2016 in addition to every significant amateur accolade that a pugilist could achieve. After such a thoroughly impressive amateur run, Adams entered the pro ranks and has taken steady, dramatic leaps in a competition that she’s seamlessly adjusted to.

She takes on an experienced, game fighter who has competed at the world championship level multiple times. I just don’t think it will be enough to stop the momentum of Nicola Adams.

Adams Improves to 6-0

Adams has been sparring with some male featherweight boxers ahead of this fight, most notably IBF title contender Kid Galahad. Nicola Adams seems to have taken big inspiration from Lomachenko and wants to have similar successes. The parallels are evident as both have unassailably solid Olympic resumes, tremendous successes in the pro ranks despite having comparatively smaller records than many of their contemporaries, etc. Also, both are looking to unify their respective divisions.

Adams captured the interim WBO title in the last bout and look to claim the undisputed belt with this outing. Nicola Adams was elevated to full champion after the reigning titlist Arely Mucino was injured in a car accident and was rendered unable to defend her title. This is her first fight of 2019 and this is her first fight as world champion. Adams is looking for one more fight in the calendar year after this and if all goes to plan, it will be an IBF title fight in December.

This is the fifth attempt for Salinas at capturing a world championship. Her last fight was for the WBO world flyweight title ad she lost via split decision to Arely Mucino. Salinas has notched two wins since then and is looking for redemption and glory.  With a cursory glance of her record though, it’s clear Salinas hasn’t always faced the best competition. A lot of the wins on her record are against fighters who have between five or ten fights or against people who’ve mostly lost.

Adams vs Salinas Tale of the Tape

5-0 Record 21-7-3
3 Knockouts 7
5’4 Height 5’0
N/A Reach N/A
Isabel Millan, Soledad del Valle Frias,
Soledad Macedo
Significant Wins Brenda Fernandez and Dorely Valente
orthodox Stance southpaw

On a stylistic level, Salinas tends to favor that hard-charging kind of style. She has that ever-encroaching approach where she generally tries to make it a dog fight at all times. Adams is a diverse prizefighter and seems ready for either a technical boxing match or a slugfest if things go that direction. It’s not an insane notion to think Adams can score a KO but Salinas is decently durable. I think Adams scores a lopsided unanimous decision win here.

Pick: Adams (-2000 )

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