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Dmitry Bivol vs Malik Zinad Predictions, Picks and Odds June 1 – Boxing Preview

Dmitry Bivol preps for boxing match with Malik Zinad

Dmitry Bivol vs Malik Zinad Betting Preview

Dmitry Bivol and Malik Zinad head to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to box in a WBA light heavyweight title bout on Saturday, June 1 as WagerTalk boxing handicapper Kevin Dolan gives his Dmitry Bivol vs Malik Zinad betting preview with the fight set to start around 3:30pm ET.

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Dmitry Bivol vs Malik Zinad Betting Odds

Saturday, June 1Boxing Betting Notes (Courtesy of DraftKings)
Moneyline:Dmitry Bivol -3000 vs Malik Zinad +1400
Match Time:3:30pm ET / 12:30pm PT
Arena:Kingdom Arena in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Dmitry Bivol vs Malik Zinad Betting Analysis

The highly anticipated undisputed light-heavyweight showdown between Dmitry Bivol and Artur Beterbiev has unfortunately been canceled for this Saturday due to Beterbiev suffering a ruptured meniscus.

That fight will be pushed back until later this year with Bivol staying busy against undefeated Libyan contender Malik Zinad in a fight he can ill afford to slip up in this weekend.

The odds reflect those thoughts as well, with Dmitry Bivol coming into this one as the prohibitive -3000 favorite, and Malik Zinad coming back as a +1400 underdog.

Huge 2024 Ahead For Canelo Conqueror Bivol

Dmitry Bivol will look to cement his status as one of the most dominant light-heavyweight champions of recent years if he can get past the ferocious Artur Beterbiev later this year, a fighter who no man has seen the final bell against, in a huge undisputed light-heavyweight clash at the end of 2024.

Books can’t seem to split either man odds-wise ahead of that fight as well, with the delay perhaps favoring the younger Bivol, but he will nonetheless want to stay on point here on Saturday with a statement victory against the undefeated Zinad.

Malik Zinad Used To Upsetting The Odds

Facing the previously undefeated New Zealander Jerome ‘The Panther’ Pampellone in Sydney just last month, Malik Zinad came through as a heavy +440 underdog in that bout to take a majority decision win in Australia.

That’s nothing new for Zinad either who went to Wales back in 2017 and stopped Jermaine Asare in the first round also as an underdog.

Therefore despite the massive gulf in class from those opponents to a fighter like Bivol, Zinad will still nonetheless quietly fancy his chances of securing yet another upset victory on the road come Saturday.

Dmitry Bivol vs Malik Zinad Expert Prediction

There’s no question that despite overcoming the odds previously as a big underdog, facing Dmitry Bivol presents a whole different stratosphere for Malik Zinad in terms of boxing ability in Riyadh this weekend.

Dmitry Bivol may be the best light-heavyweight on the planet right now, something we’ll get a definitive answer on come the end of the year, so a win for Malik Zinad in this one looks from the outset like an extremely unlikely possibility.

That said, we’ve seen so many times before across Bivol’s career that he rarely goes for the kill in fights, even against vastly overmatched opponents, content to just completely outbox a fighter en route to a lopsided decision win.

We’ve seen that scenario play out in numerous Bivol contests over the years, including against Craig Richards in Manchester and especially against Lyndon Arthur in his last fight also where Bivol looked so completely dominant in that fight it was clear that he could have stopped Arthur pretty much any time he chose, yet was content to just sit off Arthur and deliver a sustained beating for 12 rounds instead.

That led to an angry outburst on social media from frustrated backers holding Bivol by KO/TKO tickets who were clearly upset that the champion wouldn’t simply step on the gas and get his man out of there, something that never has to be asked of his main rival in the division Artur Beterbiev.

That scenario could well play out once again in this one, with Bivol content to do just enough and bank rounds ahead of his undisputed showdown against Artur Beterbiev later this year.

Dmitry Bivol vs Malik Zinad Prediction: Dmitry Bivol by decision/technical decision (+145)

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