Predictions: BTC 16

BTC Fight Promotions is continuing their busy 2022 with BTC 16 on Saturday night. This card focuses on the younger prospects of the game, including an intriguing main event between Cody Chovancek and Jake Geauvreau. Check out my predictions for the card below.

Cody Chovancek (2-0) vs. Jake Geauvreau (2-0): PRO Featherweight CHOVANCEK PREVIEW, GEAUVREAU PREVIEW

This is a great matchup between two young prospects and is very hard to call. The ground game of Geauvreau is very solid, but Chovancek is well-rounded and comes out of Niagara Top Team. And with how Niagara Top Team is rolling lately, it’s hard to go against them.

Prediction: Chovancek wins via decision.

Bobby Poulter (3-1) vs. Nelly Thompson (5-3): PRO Welterweight FIGHT PREVIEW

I haven’t seen too much of Thompson, but I do know Poulter is an absolute savage. He may have stumbled slightly his last time out, but I think he will be even more motivated to get back in the win column here.

Prediction: Poulter wins via knockout.

Dorian Dokaj (2-1) vs. Nick Klein (3-0): PRO Middleweight

Dokaj is one of the more promising, young prospects in Canada’s middleweight division and although he suffered his first loss last time out, it still remains true. He gets another tough test here as Klein is undefeated to start his professional career after a solid 7-1 amateur career. This fight could go either way in my eyes.

Prediction: Dokaj wins via TKO.

Liam Gallagher (1-0) vs. Matt Dawson (2-2): PRO Bantamweight

Gallagher has still yet to taste defeat as a professional or amateur, battling through a little early adversity to earn the win in his professional debut in March. Now he faces Dawson, who is as tough as they come and packs some serious power. While Dawson is live for a finish at any time on the feet, I see Gallagher fighting a smart fight to get the job done.

Prediction: Gallagher wins via decision.

Kevin Popowick-Bastien (1-2) vs. Charles Azoulay (1-1): PRO Lightweight

Azoulay has a unique career in which he fought two professional fights in Europe from 2016-2018, but reverted back to amateur when he came to Canada. Regardless, he’s much better than his record shows. The size of Popowick-Bastien could pose problems, but I see Azoulay getting the job done here.

Prediction: Azoulay wins via decision.

Amin Almelik (0-1) vs. Ryan Yapsam (0-0): PRO Bantamweight

There’s not much to go off at all for Yapsam other than he hasn’t competed since 2016. That’s a long layoff to be coming off when taking on a skilled striker like Almelik.

Prediction: Almelik wins via TKO.

Matt Smith (0-0) vs. Curtis Richard (0-1): PRO Welterweight

I’m not too familiar with either fighter here. Both had lengthy and successful amateur careers, but both also haven’t competed for three years. Richard is coming out of a solid camp under Jesse Bongfeldt, so I like him to get the job done.

Prediction: Richard wins via submission.

Luke Roberts (0-0-1) vs. Nicky Heinrichs (0-1): PRO Lightweight

Wrestling, wrestling, wrestling. There’s going to be a lot of that coming from Roberts here and I think he finds plenty of success with it.

Prediction: Roberts wins via submission.

Cody Kent (1-2) vs. Keyano Young (0-1): PRO Featherweight

Although he hasn’t competed in almost three years, I feel Kent is the more seasoned of the two. I’m not too familiar with Young yet, so I have to go with the experience of Kent to get the job done.

Prediction: Kent wins via decision.