Bivol vs Zinad Prediction: Will Bivol Be Tested?



Bivol vs Zinad Prediction: Will Bivol Be Tested?

While we were initially going to witness one of the century's best bouts at the top of this weekend's 5 vs 5: Queensbury vs Matchroom card, this Bivol vs Zinad prediction will prove why fans should still be excited for what's to come. 

Dmitry Bivol has asserted himself as one of the world's top pound for pound boxers. But all it will take is one punch from Malik Zinad to destroy everything Bivol has worked so hard to build.

And our Dmitry Bivol vs Malik Zinad should make it clear whether the oddsmakers have this fight correct.

Bivol vs Zinad Prediction: Is Bivol Truly One of the World's Best?

Dmitry Bivol Preview

Dmitry Bivol — an undefeated Russian fighter with a 22-0 professional record, which includes 11 KO victories — became a global superstar when he defeated Canelo Alvarez in May 2022.

While Bivol has only fought twice since then, he has continued to assert him dominance, and has never really looked at risk of losing his undefeated record in the ring.

When watching Bivol fight, it's hard to not be impressed by combination of athleticism and technical precision. Bivol never appears to be out of place, and never makes a foolish decision which puts him in danger of getting caught. 

And while he might not have the most power, the accuracy with which he throws makes it so opponents always have to remain on the defensive. 

When one thinks of a complete, nearly flawless boxer in the modern era, Dmitry Bivol is among the very few who come to mind. And our Bivol vs Zinad prediction is that he'll showcase himself once again this weekend.

Malik Zinad Preview

Although Malik Zinad — a Libyan fighter with an undefeated 22-0 record, which includes 16 KO victories — has the exact same professional fighting record as Dmitry Bivol, there's no question that he has faced greatly inferior competition. 

That being said, he does possess one clear advantage over Bivol: his power. 

Zinad last showcased that power barely over one month ago, when he faced Jerome Pampellone. And while he didn't earn a KO victory in that bout, Zinad showed that if he can somehow find a clean path to Bivol's chin, he has enough power in both hands to knock him unconscious.

And that's really the only way Zinad can hope to win this fight. Aside from that power, Bivol has the clear advantage over Zinad in just every other aspect of the bout. 

Which is why our Dmitry Bivol vs Malik Zinad prediction is an easy one to make. 

Our Bivol vs Zinad Prediction: An Easy Night For Bivol

Our official Bivol vs Zinad prediction is that Dmitry Bivol will win this fight by decision.

At -3000, Bivol is an absolutely massive favorite. Yet, because it's a toss up whether he'll earn a KO or secure a decision, there's value in either bet. But we think that Bivol is live for a KO in this fight (which is currently available at -140), and would suggest placing that bet. 

Hopefully Bivol's next fight after this one will be against Beterbiev!

Grant Young is a sports writer from San Francisco. He has had two professional Muay Thai fights: he got knocked out in one, and got a knockout in the other. When it comes to his favorite fighters, it's Israel Adesanya, and then it's everyone else.