Boxing Preview – Tony Bellew vs Mateusz Masternak

Boxing Preview – Tony Bellew vs Mateusz Masternak

Boxing Preview –  Tony Bellew vs Mateusz Masternak

This Saturday presents an action-filled night of professional Boxing from the UK and overseas. Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Sports will be hosting the card which everyone will have their eyes on as it is a pay-per-view card boasting plenty of big-name bouts. The card features Paulie Malignaggi competing for an EU welterweight title, the return of Dereck Chisora and Kevin Mitchell competing for the chance to take on Anthony Crolla in a huge domestic World championship bout next year. Kicking off proceedings for us will be Tony Bellew who continues his path for a cruiserweight World championship. He takes on the tough hard-wearing Pole, Mateusz Masternak for the vacant EBU European cruiserweight championship.

Tony Bellew should continue his rise to the top this evening, however Mateusz Masternak is a lofty challenge for Bellew. We will be backing Tony Bellew to win by Decision or Technical Decision at odds of 11/1o with 888sport. Click here or the banner below to sign up for ‘Treble the Odds’ on your first bet!

Tony Bellew has forged a career thus far of being a nearly-man. On two occasions now, the Liverpudlian has fallen just short of winning a highly sought-after World championship. First to his arch-rival, Nathan Cleverly, who nicked a majority decision from him to win the WBO World light heavyweight strap and then to Adonis Stevenson, who stopped Bellew in six rounds for the WBC World light heavyweight belt. His move to cruiserweight has been successful thus far. He got revenge over Cleverly in November 2014, earning a split decision victory which was more decisive than the cards suggested. He then stopped Ivica Bacurin in the tenth round in June 2015 and Arturs Kulikauskis in September 2015. A win tonight would put him in contention for a shot at a World championship. His record stands at 25 wins, 16 stoppages, 2 losses and a draw.

Tony Bellew has moulded his game to being a jack-of-all-trades type. His punching power boasts considerable sting behind them, which when he loads up on his punches, he can cause some significant damage to his opposition, often just overriding any offence they offer and then earning the stoppage. However Bellew is a former ABA champion and has a significant amount of Boxing ability in his arsenal. When he combines the two, he can be a very dangerous Boxer to anyone on this planet. Bellew however often puts all his eggs into one basket when relying on his punching power and he generally prides himself on that being his main strength. He’s been shown that he’s perhaps not as powerful as he thinks. He often gets to emotionally involved in fights also which sees him actively looking for the knockout. That means he sometimes swings wild and leaves himself open.

Mateusz Masternak has proven a key cog in the recent uprise of Poland on the professional Boxing scene. Along with the likes of Andrzej Fonfara, Kryzsztof Glowacki, Artur Szpilka and several others, Masternak has been posting some very consistent strong performances and really turning up the heat in his division. At the age of 28 with 39 fights under his belt, he still has plenty left in the tank. He easily stopped Ruben Angel Mino in the second round in April 2014. He as then robbed on the scorecards by Johnny Muller by split decision in June 2015, a fight where Muller hit the mat twice and won three rounds maximum. He most recently stopped Carlos Ailton Nascimento in the second round in September 2015. Masternak has earned 36 wins, 26 stoppages and 3 losses.

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Masternak, just like his opposition tonight, has managed to impose his will on the division by having a decent amount of power in his arsenal. He loads up well on his right hand straight and hook and they often stumble opposition well. Just like many other European fighters, especially made famous by Polish Boxers, Masternak holds an extremely stout stance and has never been dropped to the canvas. In his stoppage loss to Gregory Drozd, he was cut over the eye in the second round which got bad and was eventually stopped in the eleventh. Masternak is as tough as they come and will not give up. Whilst he was a successful amatuer in Poland, his Boxing ability may be the weakest part of his game. He often gets beaten to the jab which sees his offence off-set by slightly more talented Boxers who have established the length and distance they want to fight at. This is how he lost his three losses.

I think when this bout was announced, most people generally thought it would be an easy night for Tony Bellew, but I disagree. Mateusz Masternak is not going to be an easy fight for Bellew and probably his hardest at cruierweight thus far. Bellew often gets frustrated when he sees no considerable progress being made in a fight and if Masternak can do anything, his durability will get under the skin of Bellew and if he loads up on those big shots, he could get an upset victory. With that being said, these two Boxers are quite similar but Bellew boasts a more well-rounded pure Boxing strategy. I think he’ll get success with the jab first and then control the fight once he does so. I expect this fight to be quite tit-for-tat to begin with before Bellew establishes the jab just after the half-way point. He’ll then Box his was to victory. There’s no way he loses on the cards in the UK. Tony Bellew by decision.

Dan Glozier.

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