Not a lot of folks know about him, but David Morrell could be boxing’s next big thing. The young Cuban is 6-0 in his professional career but has plenty of amateur experience and is thus the massive favorite per the Morrell vs Henderson betting odds. In this upcoming fight, Morrell looks to make quick work of Kalvin Henderson as he defends his WBA Super Middleweight strap.
Morrell Is Boxing’s Best Kept Secret
This may be the first time you’ve heard or read about David Morrell. The Cuban resides in Minnesota and will have the full support of those in attendance in ‘The Armory’ this Saturday. But he may not need them to sway the judges as he has knocked out all but one of his opponents in his career.
Morrell has compiled a 130-2 record in the amateurs winning gold in the 2017 Cuban Championships and the 2016 Youth World Championships. He’s been such a prized prospect that he received and won his title shot in just his third pro bout: A unanimous decision over Lennox Allen who was also an unbeaten pro at the time.
Bettors will need to wager $1,600 to win $100 with Morrell’s upcoming boxing fight against Kalvin Henderson. But the Morrell vs Henderson odds should prove accurate as the Cuban starts fast and makes short work of his opponents. Following what should be another thunderous performance, Morrell seems to already have his eyes set on another contender… David Benavidez.
“A victory will set up a major showdown with David Benavidez or any of the top contenders or champions,” Morrell said. “It’s no secret that I’m coming for Benavidez. I know a great performance on June 4 will lead to some big-time fights, against some big-time names.”
With Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) handling both boxers, this may be about what we get to see in the future. In the meantime, Morrell seems extra motivated to make a statement at Henderson’s expense.
- Boxer Records: David Morrell (6-0-0, 5 KOs) vs Kalvin Henderson (15-1-1, 11 KOs)
- Date: Saturday, 10 p.m. ET
- Television/Live Stream: Showtime
- Location: The Armory, Minneapolis
Henderson Should Channel His Inner “Rocky”
Kalvin Henderson is the “sacrificial lamb” in this bout, at least if we go by the Morrell vs Henderson betting lines. But Henderson has not won 15 pro bouts by thinking of himself as one. Henderson is just as big as Morrell and sports a skilled jab, which he could use to try to frustrate his opponent. Nobody has finished the American as he has one of the better chins in the division.
“Henderson is a very durable fighter who has never been stopped,” Morrell said of his opponent. “I’m aiming to be the first person to knock him out. He’s had a lot of time to prepare for this fight, so I know he’ll be coming in great shape. He also has a lot of power, so I must be at my best defensively.”
Henderson could box better than the 9-1 underdog he’s lined to be if what Morrell claims is true. While David Morrell’s boxer profile is significant of higher standing; Henderson is still a solid prospect and one who can further elevate himself if he puts on a strong showing here.
The underdog does not have to win. If he is able to make Morrell look less spectacular than he’s looked, that would increase the Arkansas-based boxer’s stock. And given how the super middleweight champions have been moving around divisions lately, Henderson could find himself back in the title picture should one vacate their title. Like “Rocky”, Henderson could find some victory even in defeat.Follow us on Twitter