Rau’shee Warren (16-3) has particated in 3 Olympic Games, and although he didn’t reach the later stages of the tournaments, it is still a big achievement in itself. As a professional he has been a world champion but has lost 3 times, all of them against good opposition. This is his first fight in over a year since he lost to Nordine Oubaali from France in Jan 2019. He will be facing Gilberto Mendoza (15-7-3) on the undercard of Plant-Feigenbutz. He is of course a big favourite to win this bout that best can be described as a tune-up fight for something bigger later this year. Picking Warren to simply win will not garner much value for us so we will give a specific pick for this fight where the best value is found. Rau´shee Warren is not known to be a big puncher as most of his victories has come by decisions but he was able to put down Zhanat Zhakiyanov 2 times in the first round in a fight he ended up losing via split decision. Gilberto Mendoza has been very active in the last 12 months fighting 6 times going 4-1-1. In his last fight against Oscar Vasquez, he earned a majority draw which was good considering he was a big underdog going in. We can expect Mendoza to be in his best form when he fights Warren because of his high activity in the ring. If we look at the 2 times that Mendoza has been stopped, they occured in 2011 and 2012 and one of them was due to an elbow injury, so really he has only been stopped once and that was in 2011.
Gilberto Mendoza is not an easy man to stop. He will last the distance against Warren in a brave losing effort. Warren´s pedigree and experience will see him through here. The Pick is Rau´shee Warren to win by Decision.
The Pick: Rau´shee Warren by Decision
Odds: -200 (1.50 decimal odds)
Start time: 9pm ET / 6pm PT