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By the end of this weekend, boxing fans will know for sure who the best female super featherweight boxer in the world is. Many believe it is already Alycia Baumgardner, but with the American putting four of her own IBO, IBF, WBO and WBC belts on the line plus fighting Elhem Mekhaled for the vacant WBA belt, after this bout there will be no doubt. We look at the best bets to make on this fight ahead of the first bell this Saturday night.
Alycia Baumgardner to Win By UD
Alycia Baumgardner to Win By Knockout
These odds from Ladbrokes were correct at the time of writing.
Alycia Baumgardner vs Elhem Mekhaled – Fight Prediction
Here at Pundit Feed, we love our boxing predictions. Below are the two best punts we’d advise backing this weekend, for those who are looking to bet on boxing.
Alycia Baumgardner to Win By Unanimous Decision @ 4/5 (1.80)
Baumgardner is the clear favourite to win this match—her outright odds are as low as 1/8. The American has been virtually untouchable the past five years, rolling through seven straight wins since she had her first taste of defeat in 2018. As the incumbent holder of four of the five belts that are being contested on Saturday night, the expectation is that she will not only defend her current belts, but walk away the undisputed super featherweight champion.
However, three of her past four wins have gone down to the judges. Given Mekhaled’s propensity to take fights the distance as well, we say the conservative bet here is to wager that Baumgardner will win this on points, which she should do comfortably.
Alycia Baumgardner to Win By Knockout @ 9/4 (3.25)
Those after a higher return should gamble that Baumgardner will come out swinging and rise to the occasion by executing a knockout here. While the sight of Baumgardner on her feet with an opponent on the canvas is becoming more and more rare, the reality is the American still has knockout power in her punches—just ask Terri Harper in 2021.
It’s less likely than a decision, but there’s still every chance that Baumgardner will be after an emphatic win here and will win by knockout.
Alycia Baumgardner vs Elhem Mekhaled Preview
With these bets in mind, here’s a look at the background of each fighter ahead of Saturday night’s fight:
Known as ‘the Bomb’, Alycia Baumgardner first started making a name for herself in 2017, when she debuted as a professional boxer and knocked out four women in her first year as a fighter. Since then, she’s gone on to build a record of 13-1-0 with seven knockouts, and currently holds the IBF, IBO, WBC and WBO World Super Featherweight belts. At 28 years old, Baumgardner is looking to become the undisputed super featherweight champion of the world.
France’s Elhem Mekhaled has also been boxing as a professional since 2017, and has developed a record of 15-1-0 in that time. She tends to take matches deep and win on points, with only three knockouts across her career so far. The 31-year-old had been undefeated until recently, with the only loss of her career coming mid-way through 2022 in her latest fight against Delfine Persoon.
Alycia Baumgardner vs Elhem Mekhaled Head to Head
This will be the first meeting between these two women as professionals.
Alycia Baumgardner vs Elhem Mekhaled Fight Details
- Baumgardner vs Mekhaled date and time: Sunday 5th of February from 1:00 AM GMT.
- Baumgardner vs Mekhaled venue: Hulu Theatre at MSG, New York, New York, United States
- How to watch Baumgardner vs Mekhaled in UK: DAZN.