Olympic Spotlight: Heavyweight Boxer Muslim Gadzhimagomedov

  • Muslim Gadzhimagomedov has -275 odds as the betting favorite in the men’s heavyweight division.
  • He has an alleged record of 82 wins and 5 losses with his last loss coming in 2017.

TOKYO – With Olympic heavyweight boxing preparing to start, Muslim Gadzhimagomedov is the current betting favorite by a wide margin. He’s beaten a good portion of his competitors in the field already and has been undefeated for the past four years.

Who Is Mulsim Gadzhimagomedov?

Muslim Gadzhimagomedov is a 24-year-old amateur boxer who will be representing the Russian Olympic Committee in the 2021 Olympics in 91kg boxing.

He is considered the betting favorite on online sportsbooks and is thought to be the consensus No. 1 91kg amateur boxer in the world.

He is the defending world champion as he won the gold in both the 2019 World Championships and in the 2019 European Games. It’s unseen how long Gadzhimagomedov will stay an amateur, but he is expected to have a successful career as a professional if he were to go that route.

Gadzhimagomedov In The Olympics

Gadzhimagomedov is the favorite, having beaten a good number of the people remaining in the field and more often than not, has done so easily. Sports betting sites may even be undervaluing him at the current price.

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Tokyo 2021 - Men's Heavyweight 91kg

  • Muslim Gadzhimagomedov (RUS) -275
  • Julio Cesar La Cruz (CUB) +285
  • Emmanuel Reyes (ESP) +900
  • David Nyika (NZL) +1200
  • Hussein Iashaish (JOR) +5000
  • Abner Teixeira (BRA) +6600
  • Uladzislau Smiahlikau (BLR) +6600
  • Ammar Abduljabbar (GER) +10000

With Emmanuel Reyes, David Nyika, Uladzislau Smiahlikau and Ammar Abduljabbar already on his resume, only Julio Cesar La Cruz remains in terms of boxers with a chance, according to the betting odds.

Given the run that Gadzhimagomedov has been on, an upset would be extremely surprising.

In the quarterfinals, he is set to fight Abduljabbar, an opponent he has beaten twice already, which should set him up for an easy ride into the semifinals. Those betting on the Olympics should be very cautious if siding against Gadzhimagomedov.