Benn improved his record to a perfect 19-0 with 12 knockouts with a dominant decision win over Adrian Granados last September 4th in the undercard of Lara vs Warrington 2 last September 4th. The victory was Benn’s third straight impressive win over world-caliber opposition.
The Destroyer closed out his 2020 campaign with a unanimous decision win over former IBO welterweight champion Sebastian Formella back in November 2020. He opened 2021 with a big bang when he knocked out veteran contender Samuel Vargas in just 80 seconds last April. Benn has held the WBA Continental welterweight title since 2018 and has made five successful title defenses.
Since Benn has fought the majority of his bouts in England, he has been the darling of the top boxing sportsbooks. Benn has opened and closed as the betting favorite in all of his bouts. His longest odds came against Formella when he was listed at -270. This will mark only the 4th time in Benn’s career, where he has opened as a favorite of odds longer than +1000.
Algieri meanwhile dominated in his comeback fight against former title challenger Mikkel LesPierre last August 3rd at the Theater in Madison Square Garden. Algieri lost only one round in three judges’ scorecards en route to a unanimous decision win in his first fight back after a 26-month layoff. He now has won four straight bouts since suffering a 5th round TKO loss to current welterweight champion Errol Spence in April 2016.
The 37-year old Algieri won the WBO junior welterweight world title by defeating Ruslan Provodnikov via split decision in 2014. That win led to a fight against Manny Pacquiao five months later. Pacquiao dealt Algieri the first loss of his professional boxing career via unanimous decision. That started a stretch where Algieri lost three of four bouts, including the loss to Spence.
This marks the first time since fighting Spence where Algieri has opened as the betting underdog. In his previous four bouts, Algieri was a favorite of at least -250. The Huntington, New York native was a heavy +900 underdog against Spence. Algieri also closed as a heavy +800 underdog against Amir Khan in 2015 and was a +470 bottom dog when he challenged Pacquiao for the WBO welterweight title.
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