Two exciting fight cards are scheduled for Saturday night, and fans have six different betting options to choose from if they want to bet on boxing.
All six fights have a heavy favorite handicapped, and a couple of them are expensive safe-money bets that will require some investment for the payout.
Amir Khan (24-1) will make his long awaited return to the U.K. when he defends his WBA Junior Welterweight title against undefeated Irish contender Paul McCloskey (22-0) at M.E.N Arena in Manchester. Oddsmakers have the champion as a heavy favorite, with the cheapest price currently sitting at -1250 at Sports Interaction.
Despite the heart that McCloskey has shown over his unbeaten streak he doesn’t pose a big power threat to the champ and will likely suffer his first defeat as a professional. The fight should be somewhat competitive in the early rounds, but once Khan finds his rhythm and distance he should dominate with speed.
Even with a payout of +700 at 5Dimes, an upset bet on the Irishman is not recommended.
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On the same card, Matthew Macklin (28-2) will face Armenian Khoren Gevor (31-5) in a Middleweight 12-rounder. Oddsmakers have Macklin as a -300 favorite at 5Dimes, but both fighters are coming off disappointing performances and will be motivated to get things back on track. An upset line of +250 is available at 5Dimes, but it falls short in payout to be a good underdog bet choice.
Undefeated WBA International Middleweight champion Martin Murray (21-0) looks like he will have an easy night in the ring when he defends his title against relative unknown John Anderson Carvalho (21-4-1). This fight is a bit of a mismatch, and a bet on the champ looks like the safest money on the fight card.
A bet on Murray won’t come cheap, with the best line on him being -1200 at . If you think you can beat the odds an upset line on Carvalho will pay as much as +650 at . It means you have to wager $120 just to win $10 on Murray.
Also on April 16 fight fans will get another look at the undefeated WBC Welterweight champion Andre Berto (27-0). He will be making his sixth consecutive title defense against MMA fighter/boxer Victor Ortiz (28-2-2). As game as Ortiz may be, he’s going to be in tough against one of the best in the world in this fight.