Boxing loves a good narrative and on August 3rd Michael Conlan will get his chance for revenge as he faces old foe Vladimir Nikitin at Marquee, Falls Park, Belfast.
Boxing Betting Odds: Michael Conlan vs. Vladimir Nikitin
- Michael Conlan: 1/33
- Vladimir Nikitin: 10/1
Conlan opens a huge betting favorite for pro-rematch. There is some serious money to be made on Nikitin, as you can make 10 times what you put down at 10/1. Conlan vs Nikitin odds available on Betway.com
Conlan and Nikitin originally met at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, when Conlan was famously robbed by the judges after a dominant performance over the Russian at the 56-kilogram quarterfinals of amateur boxing.
This left a sour taste in Conlan’s mouth and he decided to turn pro, since then the Irish boxer hasn’t looked back, currently undefeated after 11 pro-fights and signed with Bob Arum at Top Rank Boxing.
“I am delighted that I will be fighting Vladimir Nikitin in front of 10,000 fans,” Conlan said. “This is literally home turf for me and it is absolutely huge. I am West Belfast and Falls Road born and bred so this means everything to me. Vladimir Nikitin and I have unfinished business from the 2016 Olympics, and I can’t wait to set the record straight.”
Nikitin (3-0), achived bronze at the 2016 Olympics but waited longer to turn pro compared to his rival. With only 3 pro-fights under his belt the Russian has yet to get a knockout at pro level. In his last bout against Juan Tapia we seen Nikitin come out with a barrage of punches, expect a similar style against Conlan, as he tries to make the fight dirty.
“Conlan will regret pushing for this fight,” said Nikitin. “I beat him twice in the amateurs and will do the same as a pro. It will feel even sweeter to beat him in his hometown. Belfast here I come!” – source.
Conlan (11-0), after rising through the amateur ranks and being challenged as a pro, Conlan has proved he is a world class boxer with one title defense already under his belt – the WBO Inter-Continental featherweight title. Conlan has a knockout ratio of 55%, when the betting props are released for this fight look for value in Conlan by knockout against Nikitin.