Matchroom Boxing: Hooker vs Ramirez Betting Preview, Card and Odds

By Rick Rockwell in Boxing on July 23, 2019

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On Saturday, July 27th, Matchroom Boxing presents an exciting boxing event live from the College Park Center in Arlington, Texas. The event will feature two championship fights and plenty of in-ring action. The main event of the night is a super lightweight unification bout as WBO champ Maurice Hooker takes on WBC champ Jose Ramirez. Not only will both belts be up for grabs, but both fighters are also putting their undefeated records on the line.

The co-main event of the night is a championship bout where Tevin Farmer will defend his IBF super featherweight title against mandatory challenger Guillaume Frenois. Originally, the third big fight of the night was supposed to be a heavyweight fight featuring Murat Gassiev. Unfortunately, Gassiev pulled out a few days ago due to injury. Most likely, the welterweight clash between Oscar Cortes and the 2016 Olympic gold medalist Daniyar Yeleussinov will take this spot.

This event will stream live on DAZN. Unfortunately, not all fights will be seen. Additionally, not all fights have odds listed on boxing betting sites. Let’s take a look at the available odds and see if we can KO our picks.

Daniyar Yeleussinov (7-0, 3 KOs) vs Oscar Cortes (27-4, 14 KOs)

  • Daniyar Yeleussinov
  • Oscar Cortes

Currently, there aren’t betting odds available for this bout. However, I would have to imagine that Daniyar will be the favorite when these odds come out. Yeleussinov has been a massive favorite in all of his professional fights that were available at boxing betting sites. He has frequently seen betting odds of -10000 or higher in more than half of his pro fights.

In his last fight, Cortes was a +1400 underdog to Centeno Jr. this past February. He’s been a frequent underdog in many of his fights both with pundits and oddsmakers. So, it’s safe to assume he will be an underdog in this fight as well. I highly doubt either fighter will offer value and Cortes is not worthy of a flier.

Cortes vs Yeleussinov Preview

Boxer Daniyar Yeleussinov Oscar Cortes
Age 28 26
Height 5’10” 5’8
Reach 70”
Total Fights 7 31
Record 7-0 27-4
Knockouts 3 14

Yeleussinov made his professional debut in April 2018. Since then, he has fought seven times and has won all of them. Prior to turning pro, Yeleussinov was a highly accomplished amateur, as he won a world championship and the 2016 Olympic Gold medal for Kazakhstan.

Yeleussinov last fought two months ago and won via UD. He’s already had two bouts this year and is looking to have at least two more. This weekend’s fight could pose a challenge in the early rounds, but Yeleussinov should be able to enforce his will on Cortes by the latter rounds.

Oscar Cortes is two years younger than Yeleussinov and has fought two dozen more fights. However, he has lost four bouts in his career including two of his last three fights. Cortes fought in February and lost via TD because he couldn’t continue after an accidental headbutt. Cortes has had four fights in the last 4 ½ years.

Can Yeleussinov Notch Another Win?

After sizing up both boxers, there’s no reason to think Cortes can win this fight. He might have been a decent fighter at one point in his career, but he hasn’t been as active as Yeleussinov and he doesn’t have the skills that Daniyar has. Yeleussinov is rising quickly up the rankings and it really isn’t a surprise. The former Olympic gold medalist is a very talented fighter and should run right through Cortes this weekend. I’m not sure if Yeleussinov will get the KO/TKO or not, but I do believe he will win every round of this fight.

Boxing Bet: Daniyar Yeleussinov (N/A)

Tevin Farmer (29-4-1, 6 KOs) vs Guillaume Frenois (46-1-1, 12 KOs)

  • Tevin Farmer (-2000)
  • Guillaume Frenois (+700)

Farmer has been a betting favorite in all of his listed fights over the last 40 months. So, it’s not a surprise that the current champ is a large favorite this weekend. With that said, Farmer doesn’t offer any betting value even if he most likely will win.

Frenois was the underdog in his last fight against Carrol, but was the favorite in a few of his fights prior to that one. His +700 odds for this contest might intrigue some bettors, but I would avoid it considering Farmer is the best fighter he’s ever faced.

Farmer vs Frenois Preview

Boxer Tevin Farmer Guillaume Frenois
Age 28 35
Height 5’6” 5’7.5”
Reach 67”
Total Fights 35 48
Record 29-4-1 46-1-1
Knockouts 6 12

Frenois comes into this weekend having won 15 straight fights and earning a title shot despite fighting to a split draw against Carroll in his last bout. Carroll would go on to fight Farmer in March and lose via UD. However, Frenois ended up becoming a mandatory challenger once Carroll was eliminated from the picture.

Guillaume has fought for regional titles before, but this will be his first world title fight. Additionally, this will be his first ever match in the United States. That’s a lot of pressure on the Frenchman. Will he be able to overcome the pressure and the odds stacked against him?

Nicknamed “L’Expert,” Frenois’ only chance at winning this fight is to outbox Farmer. He’s not known for his power, which is evident by his 25% knockout rate. Frenois has just 12 KO’s in 46 pro victories.

For Farmer, his KO percentage is even less as he only has six knockouts in 29 pro wins for a 17% rate. However, Farmer is considered by many to be one of the best super featherweights in the world. Farmer is on a 23-fight unbeaten streak. But one of those fights was ruled a No Contest after Kenichi Ogawa failed a drug test. Initially, Ogawa had won the fight via SD.

Farmer has fought four more times since the Ogawa fight and has won them all pretty easily. He outpointed Dib, Fonseca, and Carroll while scoring the TKO over Tennyson.

This weekend’s fight will be the fourth title defense for Farmer in the last year. He’s on a mission to fights as much as possible and to get the big money matches. However, according to ESPN, Farmer recognizes that he will have to get past Frenois first in order to get those big fights:

“It is no secret that there are major fights out there for me in the division, but I need to take care of business first with Frenois, who has had a lot to say. July 27 is going to be my best performance yet.”

Team Farmer also recognizes that Frenois is going to be a tough opponent. Guillaume fought hard against Carroll last December and some pundits believe he actually won the fight. Nevertheless, a Split Draw didn’t hurt Frenois’ stock at all.

Can Frenois Pull off the Upset?

It’s hard to imagine that Frenois will be able to win this fight. I give him credit for being a tough fighter, but he’s never faced someone like Farmer before. Tevin has been in world title fights before and has taken on better competition than Frenois in my opinion. As long as Farmer doesn’t go into this fight and underestimate his opponent, I would expect Tevin to walk out with the belt and a UD victory.

Boxing Bet: Tevin Farmer (-2000)

Maurice Hooker (26-0-3, 17 KOs) vs Jose Ramirez (24-0, 16 KOs)

  • Maurice Hooker (+115)
  • Jose Ramirez (-135)

Of the listed fights, this one is the closest, and it’s also the most exciting. Ramirez comes in as the slight betting favorite. Over the last three years, Ramirez has been a betting favorite in all of his fights. However, this is the closest bout according to sports betting sites.

For Hooker, although he’s an undefeated champ, he’s been an underdog in several fights over the last few years. Against Saucedo last November and Flanagan last June, Hooker was a sizable underdog. However, he was able to win both of those fights. Will that trend continue this weekend?

Both fighters offer betting value. Whichever fighter you decide to bet on, there will be a nice return on your investment.

Hooker vs Ramirez Preview

Boxer Maurice Hooker Jose Ramirez
Age 29 26
Height 5’11” 5’10”
Reach 80” 72.5”
Total Fights 29 24
Record 26-0-3 24-0
Knockouts 17 16

Maurice Hooker comes into this contest having won five straight fights since his Split Draw against Perez in November 2016. Along the way, he captured a world championship title after defeating Terry Flanagan 13 months ago via SD. The two men fought for the vacant WBO super lightweight title. Hooker has fought two more times since capturing the belt and successfully defended the title both times. Hooker beat Saucedo last November via TKO and LesPierre four months ago via UD.

Now, Hooker will put the WBO title on the line in his hometown of Dallas, Texas, and Fight Sports states he’s extremely excited about this matchup:

“It’s been crazy at home since the fight was announced. Everybody has been telling me that they are coming and telling me to put on a show. I’m confident I’ll get the win as is Jose, I’ve been watching him and it’s going to be tough in the opening rounds, but I will take over and make him adjust to me. Dallas seeing me fight as a World champion is so big for me and for the city, all the kids I’ve spoken to in the schools, the people that look up to me, can now watch me live.”

Hooker believes he will defeat his opponent on Saturday and that it will add to his overall legacy. However, if you ask Ramirez about who will win the fight, he believes he will win. Ramirez might be fighting in Hooker’s hometown, but he’s going out there to make history and to represent Central California.

Additionally, Ramirez believes that being the underdog will benefit him.

“I’m treating this fight the same as when I won the title in New York City against Amir Imam. He was the taller fighter, the bigger fighter. It’s sometimes easier fighting someone in his backyard because it takes away some of my responsibilities behind the scenes. As the underdog, I have everything to win. It’s not just about defending my title but unifying the division as well. I’m ready to prove myself and show everyone what Jose Ramirez is all about. I can’t wait to bring Hooker’s title back with me to California.”

Ramirez fought Imam for the vacant WBC super lightweight title in March 2018 and won via UD. Since then, he’s fought two more times and defeated Orozco and Zepeda via decisions. However, his fight against Jose Zepeda in February was very close as Ramirez won via Majority Decision.

Unlike Hooker, Ramirez has never even had a draw, whereas, Hooker has three of them. Furthermore, Ramirez has a 67% knockout rate compared to 59% by Hooker. Ramirez is the smaller fighter between the two, but I don’t really see it being a problem. He was able to handle Imam’s size advantage. However, he will need to get inside Hooker’s eight-inch reach advantage in order to do some damage.

Who Wins This Unification Bout?

This exciting title fight should deliver on the potential of these two fighters. I expect a tough fight that goes to the scorecards. I don’t see either man being finished off inside the distance. With that said, I like Ramirez in this fight. I believe his style will be too much for Hooker to handle. I haven’t seen Hooker consistently use his reach advantage successfully against topnotch competition. My biggest concern is that Hooker tends to take too many shots at times during recent fights. Ramirez will make him pay.

I’m taking Ramirez to win via UD and then push to unify the whole division once Regis Prograis and Josh Taylor fight in the WBSS tournament finals. The winner of that match will capture the WBA and IBF belts. That means Ramirez or Hooker could take on the winner of the WBSS tournament for all of the division’s belts. For this fight, I’m taking Ramirez. If we were to get a division unification bout, I would take Prograis to win the tournament and beat Ramirez.

Boxing Bet: Jose Ramirez (-135)

Final Thoughts on Matchroom’s Card

This weekend’s event will be worthy of your time and money. The co-main event has potential for fireworks, but it’s the main event that will definitely deliver. I’m excited to see who comes out the winner between Hooker and Ramirez. Although I’m taking Ramirez, I do think Hooker can win this fight as well and is worth a flier. The possibility of the winner between Hooker and Ramirez taking on the winner of Prograis and Taylor has the sport buzzing. Before we get too pumped for a divisional showdown, let’s just take it one step at a time and enjoy this unification bout on Saturday.

Full Card for Hooker vs Ramirez

The following is the full advertised fight card according to ESPN and Matchroom Boxing:

  • Maurice Hooker vs Jose Ramirez in a 12-round WBO/WBC junior welterweight unification bout
  • Tevin Farmer vs Guillaume Frenois in a 12-round IBF junior lightweight title fight
  • Daniyar Yeleussinov vs Oscar Cortes in a 10-round welterweight clash
  • Tramaine Williams vs Yenifel Vicente in a 10-round featherweight contest
  • Nikita Ababiy vs TBA in a six-round middleweight fight
  • Arthur Biyarslanov vs TBA in a six-round junior welterweight bout
  • Austin Williams vs TBA in a four-round middleweight contest
Rick Rockwell

As a longtime freelance writer, avid sports fan, former athlete, and experienced sports bettor, Rick Rockwell has risen up the ranks at GamblingSites.org to become the self-professed "King of the Blog" in his first year with the site.

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