Rivera vs Matthew Prediction: Popeye and Wise Man Come Face-to-Face



Rivera vs Matthew Prediction: Popeye and Wise Man Come Face-to-Face

It's quite rare that the most interesting thing about a fight is the two boxers’ nicknames, but that doesn't mean it never happens. When you've got Popeye coming up against the Wise Man why bother with anything else.

Fortunately, we've got everything you need to know in our Rivera vs Matthew prediction. 

Rivera vs Matthew Prediction

It's the main event of Slugfest at the Sun in the light heavyweight division. A seriously cool name for the show.

What is if with names and this fight? Other than the names we've got all the info in our Richard Rivera vs Obinna Matthew prediction.

Richard Rivera Preview

American boxer Rivera turned professional in 2017 and has had 28 fights in his career so far. He hasn't fought at the top level too much to date.

Slugfest at the Sun

Slugfest at the Sun
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The biggest name he has been in the ring with is Badou Jack, who he lost to in 2022 via split decision. That was the first defeat of his career.

He won four more fights after that before losing to Luis Antonio Tejada last month.

Will that recent defeat affect our Rivera vs Matthew prediction? He certainly hasn't wasted time getting back in the ring.

Rivera could have actually faced Dimitry Bivol in Saudi Arabia last year but the fight went to Lyndon Arthur instead. 

Popeye the Sailor Man has a 25-2 record, with 19 wins coming by stoppage.

Obinna Matthew Preview

On WrestleMania weekend you'd be forgiven for thinking the only ‘Wise Man’ performing would be going into the WWE Hall of Fame and escorting Roman Reigns to the ring, but you'd be wrong. 

The undefeated Nigerian light heavyweight isn't to be slept on as he goes into his fight with Rivera. 

Not too much is known about the African fighter but without a loss on his record he's obviously pretty dangerous. He's win 23 professional fights to date.

Matthew has rarely fought outside of Africa, so a trip to Montville, Conneticut, to take on Popeye will be quite the eye opener.

Certainly he'll have to be the underdog in our Richard Rivera vs Obinna Matthew prediction, simply because he's a bit of an unknown quantity. 

Expect it to be live up to the billing of the ‘Slugfest at the Sun’ with power and heavy hitting the order of the day.

Richard Rivera vs Obinna Matthew Prediction: The Winner Is What He Is!

Look we managed to make it this far into our Rivera vs Matthew Prediction without making a Popeye joke so you’ll have to forgive us.

Rivera is a heavy favorite for this one and we see no reason for going against the odds makers or the American in this one. It’s unlikely he’s going to fight his way into the light heavyweight rankings but he’s got enough for this one. 

The 33 year old is as short as -800 on the Moneyline and we’re backing it, even if the value is severely lacking. The Nigerian is as long as +2000 to cause the big upset win of the weekend.

Ryan Sidle is a sports journalist with nearly a decade in the industry. He's been interested in boxing since Mike Tyson vs Frank Bruno and his MMA fandom was sparked by Michael Bisping and Anderson Silva.