Ovill McKenzie Vs Matty Askin – Preview and Prediction


Ovill McKenzie Vs Matty Askin 

Preview and Prediction

A decent domestic dust up in the cruiserweight division this Friday night sees Ovill McKenzie put his British and Commonwealth titles on the line against Matty Askin live on Boxnation.



With 12 losses on his record if you hadn’t seen McKenzie fight before you could be forgiven for thinking he was a 3rd tier guy, however the reality is McKenzie is a very dangerous man with real power, and is the man to beat domestically at the moment.

‘The Upsetter’ has been doing just that recently, he has stoppage wins against Tony Dodson, Tony Conquest, Jon-Lewis Dickinson and Enzo Maccarinelli in the past 2-3 years, although the Maccarinelli stoppage was dubious and he lost a rematch via 11th round TKO, he has been banging out top domestic fighters, and banging them out early.

McKenzie is explosive and dangerous early on in fights, if a fight goes long that is when McKenzie tends to struggle, he has never won a decision in an 8 rounder or above.

He will need to jump on Askins early and make the challenger uncomfortable, if he can land some of the shots he landed on Tony Conquest and Jon Lewis Dickinson early, its highly likely he will notch up another stoppage win this weekend.



English champion Matty Askins may have to shake off some ring rust after being out of the ring for nearly a year, his last bout was in March 2014 where he won the English title against Menay Edwards. That may not be ideal when your facing an opponent who hits like a freight train for the first 3 or 4 rounds.

However Askins is a capable boxer with some ring intelligence, he certainly has the skill set to really out box and out smart McKenzie in the early rounds, if he can take this fight long he will likely win on the cards.

However Askins also has some pop himself, if he lands his own shots, he can make McKenzie think twice and take some fire out of the champion.


This is being dubbed a 50/50 fight and I think that is a reasonable assessment, both men can win and possibly by decision or stoppage, and any outcome wouldn’t really shock me. However I can’t bet against the power of McKenzie at the moment.

McKenzie is riding the crest of a wave right now and with his heavy hands and his confidence sky high I don’t think Askins is the man to stop him. I think McKenzie will do what McKenzie does and will land something in the first half of this fight and will turn it in his favour, notching up yet another stoppage win.

The frustrating think is Paddy Power opened up at 11/10 on a McKenzie KO/TKO but it seems to have shortened at all the books, however you can still get 4/5 at Sky Bet, while it doesn’t exactly scream value, I think its playable.


£25 on McKenzie by KO/TKO 4/5 Sky Bet