Richard Torrez vs Bakhodir Jalolov Betting Odds & Picks

  • Date & Location: Sunday, August 8 in Tokyo
  • Odds: Richard Torrez Jr. (+375) vs. Bakhodir Jalolov (-600) via Bovada.
  • Prediction: Jalolov via knockout

The last American man to take home a gold medal in boxing was Andre Ward. Ward won his medal in 2004. The first American man to have a shot at gold in Tokyo was Duke Ragan. Ragan fell short against Albert Batyrgaziev of the Russian team and took home a silver. The next American to have a shot at boxing gold is 22-year-old Richard Torrez Jr. of Tulare, California. Unlike Ragan, Torrez is an amateur fighter. Torrez is a significant underdog to Jalolov, who was the pre-tournament favorite to take home the gold medal. The last American to medal in the super heavyweight division was Riddick Bowe, who took home a silver in 1988. He lost to Lennox Lewis. The last American to win the super heavyweight gold medal was Tyrell Biggs in 1984.


This is a rematch of a 2019 bout. Like today, the American fighter was an amateur while Jalolov was a 6-0 pro. Jalolov won that fight by knockout in the first round.

WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman said on Twitter that the fight was ‘brutal and criminal’ after Torrez left the ring on a stretcher. Today Jalolov’s pro record is 8-0. He has won each of those fights by knockout. Half of Jalolov’s wins have come by way of first-round stoppage.

It’s hard to see a way that Torrez ends America’s gold medal drought against his more experienced opponent.

Prediction: Jalolov -600 via betway.

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Jalolov was the pre-Olympic favorite to win the gold medal, and that has not changed since Torrez punched his ticket to the final bout of the super heavyweight division. I don’t think it will matter that Torrez has improved since the first time these two met because his improvements have come as an amateur while Jalolov has improved as a pro. I don’t think this fight ends as brutally as the 2019 scrap, but I do think it ends early.

Pick: Jalolov via knockout -571 via 22bet.

Bakhodir Jalolov TO WIN BY KNOCKOUT
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Jalolov has the experience edge and has faced better quality of opponents. He is also larger than Torrez. I don’t see a single category where Jalolov doesn’t hold an advantage over his opponent in this matchup.


The gold medal is the big prize here, but for Torrez, a win would avenge a brutal loss as well as bring home the first gold medal for American men in boxing since 2004, which would give Torrez a huge profile in American boxing betting circles.




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Trent Reinsmith

Trent covers UFC and MMA for MTS. He has written for USA Today Sports, Vice, Bloody Elbow, Fight! Magazine, UFC 360, and Narratively among others. He has been involved with MMA since he and some friends threw some money together to purchase the pay-per-view of UFC 1, and the rest is history.

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