- What: WBO interim junior middleweight title
- Who: Tim Tszyu vs. Carlos Ocampo
- Date: Saturday, June 17, 2023
- Time: 10 p.m. ET
- Location: Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre in Broadbeach, Queensland, Australia
- How to Watch: Showtime
On Saturday, June 17, undefeated Australian Tim Tszyu puts his interim WBO junior middleweight title on the line against Mexican contender Carlos Ocampo, who is coming off the second loss of his professional career. Here is some background on the fighters before we discuss, in detail, the betting breakdown of the upcoming Tim Tszyu vs. Carlos Ocampo fight.
Tszyu enters the bout with a 22-0 record with 16 wins by knockout. The 28-year-old is coming off a March 2023 TKO win over Tony Harrison in the ninth round. Tszyu won the vacant WBO interim junior middleweight title with that victory. A professional boxer since 2016, Tszyu is the No. 1 rated fighter in the junior middleweight division, according to The Ring. Tszyu recently underwent emergency surgery for a dog bite he suffered at a cookout. Tszyu sustained the bite on the back of his right forearm.
Ocampo made his pro debut in 2012. He was a 22-0 fighter when he suffered his first loss, a first-round knockout setback to Errol Spence Jr., in 2018. The 27-year-old won his next 12 fights before he lost his second bout, a unanimous decision to Sebastian Fundora in October 2022. Ocampo, who is 34-2 with 22 knockouts, has yet to compete since that setback. Ocampo is not rated by The Ring.
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Tim Tszyu vs. Carlos Ocampo betting picks
Tim Tszyu vs. Carlos Ocampo betting breakdown
While this bout doesn’t have the appeal of the Tim Tszyu vs. Jermell Charlo matchup that fight fans have been hoping to see, and may get before the end of this year, fight fans should not sleep on this matchup because the winner is likely to land a unification bout against Charlo once his hand is healed and he is ready to compete.
Tszyu is a skilled boxer who is getting better with every fight and gaining more high-level knowledge. Expect him to approach this fight with focus and determination, as he knows a win here will likely to earn him the biggest payday of his career against Charlo. I don’t think he will fight down to the level of his unrated foe, nor do I think he is taking the fight lightly. My feeling is that Tszyu is taking the fight against Ocampo to stay busy and keep his high-level skills active. With that, he won’t have ring rust when he faces Charlo, who has not fought since May 2022.
Tszyu is a good pressure fighter, but he’s just as adept at counterpunching. In addition, Tszyu is good at controlling distance and position. He does an excellent job of using probes to open his opponent’s offense and then attacking when he gets his opponent against the ropes, hurt or off balance.
An active jab from Ocampo is his best bet. Tszyu tends not to react well when his opponent uses an active jab game. The problem with that is that Ocampo is not a fighter who uses his jab all that much. Instead, he relies on hooks, which will hurt him against someone like Tszyu.
Tim Tszyu vs. Carlos Ocampo: Who has the edge?
Tszyu is the better boxer of the two, but he is giving up reach and height to Ocampo, which could give the title challenger an advantage in the early rounds. The problem with that is Ocampo is not a fast starter. If Ocampo doesn’t come out of his corner aggressively, Tszyu and his team will figure out his timing and take any advantages he has away from him.
Best Bets for Tim Tszyu vs. Carlos Ocampo
This is the biggest fight of Ocampo’s career since he faced Spence. I expect this fight to go better for him than that one, which he lost via first-round knockout, but I think the outcome is going to be the same. There is not a lot of value in betting Tszyu to win, so the best bets for Tszyu vs. Campo will be prop bets regarding the length of the fight and the outcome. With that in mind, the betting pick for Tszyu vs. Ocampo is to pick Tszyu to win by knockout in the second half of the contest.
Best bet for Tim Tszyu vs. Carlos Ocampo: Tim Tszyu to win via knockout in the second half of the fight.
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