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Dillian Whyte v Oscar Rivas Betting Tips (July 20)

The fact that Dillian Whyte is once again involved in a fight that does not have a world title on the line tells you all you need to know about the farcical situation atop the heavyweight division right now. ‘The Body Snatcher’ boasts a 25-1 professional record and is riding a nine-fight win streak that has propelled him into the top three of the WBC, WBA and WBO rankings, but he is still being made to wait for a crack at one of the sport’s top prizes.

Anthony Joshua’s shock defeat to Andy Ruiz Jr has put on hold any hopes of a big rematch with his long-time rival this year, while Deontay Wilder is seemingly taking no risks with his opponent as he prepares for an inevitable rematch with Tyson Fury next year. Fury, on the other hand, did at one point suggest that he would be willing to face Whyte this year if the WBC ‘diamond’ belt was up for grabs, but he quickly performed a U-turn on that decision to leave still standing out in the cold.

Whyte did take a ‘stay busy’ fight last December when he agreed to face Dereck Chisora in a rematch that settled their rivalry once and for all, but he is not taking the same approach to his latest outing because he has given himself the tricky challenge of facing Oscar Rivas – a man who boasts a perfect 26-0 record, with 18 knockouts, and is ranked in the top 10 by the four main governing bodies in the sport.

The 31-year-old enjoyed a stellar amateur career which included wins over Kubrat Pulev and current heavyweight champion Ruiz Jr, and since turning professional just under 10 years ago he has been an active fighter, stepping into the ring at least two or three times a year. The problem for him is that he has been unable to secure bouts with fellow top-10 ranked fighters in order to catapult himself right into the title picture.

“He has been one of the most avoided heavyweight fighters in the last few years,” Whyte said when the fight was announced. “I am over the moon that he has accepted the fight. He has a great amateur and professional record, including a win over Kubrat Pulev. I am more than happy to carry on fighting top 10 fighters like Rivas until I get my well-earned shot [at a world title].”

Rivas’ biggest career win so far came back in January when he stopped former world heavyweight title contender Bryant Jennings in the final round of their bout, but if he can get the better of Whyte here it will undoubtedly eclipse that win over the American.

“I have waited for this opportunity for a very long time,” Rivas said. “Dillian Whyte is an excellent boxer, a world-class fighter and the number one contender. He deserves all my respect for his accomplishments and I am grateful for the opportunity he is giving me. This is exactly the kind of challenge I was hoping to get. I am undefeated, I am planning to keep my perfect record in my quest to get the ultimate opportunity to become world champion.”

This is certainly one of the most intriguing heavyweight fights to take place over the past 12 months because both men can be considered the real deal. In Whyte’s own words it is the ‘underestimated’ versus the ‘overlooked’, but when all is said and done the winner of this bout must surely get his shot at one of the heavyweight division’s top prizes. The question is, who will that man be?

With a 69% knockout percentage and the nickname ‘Kaboom’, it is clear that Rivas has the power in his hands that could derail Whyte’s bid to finally land a heavyweight title shot, but I am confident that this is a serious test that ‘The Body Snatcher’ can pass.

Since losing to Joshua back in late 2015 he has improved with each and every outing, and his 2018 performance stacks up against anything offered by another heavyweight fighter – stoppage wins over Lucas Browne and Dereck Chisora sandwiching a decision win over former WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker. Whyte is in the best form of his career, has matured massively since that defeat to Joshua and I expect him to continue riding that crest of a wave here. Rivas should pose plenty of problems and will not go quietly, but after 12 rounds it will be Whyte who has his hand raised thanks to the judges’ nod.

David Allen v David Price Betting Tips (July 20)

Saturday night sees two more British heavyweights go head-to-head, with David Allen and David Price going head-to-head on the undercard of Dillian Whyte’s clash with Oscar Rivas as the o2 Arena in London. The winner will move a step closer to possibly challenging new British champion Daniel Dubois, while the loser could find themselves having to deal with a career-ending loss. So who takes it?

Price made his professional debut a decade ago and big things were expected of the giant Liverpudlian, with many proclaiming him the next big heavyweight star in British boxing. He looked like living up to that billing when he embarked on a 15-fight win streak that included an impressive 73-second knockout of John McDermott. However, his stock nose-dived in 2013 when he suffered shock TKO defeats at the hands of Tony Thompson, and it never truly recovered as he developed a reputation for having a week chin. Price has been stopped several more times since then, leading to calls for him to retire, but he soldiers on and he will be desperate to put himself in the British heavyweight title picture with a victory here.

His opponent, Dave Allen, is another man who has become something of a journeyman in the heavyweight division, compiling a 17-4-2 record since turning professional almost seven years ago. He does have a couple of big-name defeats on his record having previously lost to Dillian Whyte and Luis Ortiz, but he goes into this bout on the back of an impressive three-round stoppage of Lucas Browne back in April and with a 61% knockout percentage he will almost certainly fancy his chances of testing Price’s questionable chin.

I like his chances too. Allen is available at backable odds for a KO/TKO, but I am looking for a price that is a little bigger in this fight and that is why I am backing him to win in the first six rounds. All but one of Price’s six stoppage losses (including the bout with Erkan Teper that was turned to a No Contest) have come inside the first six rounds, and all it will take is for Allen to land one big shot that scramble his opponent’s senses and bring the fight to a close.

Keith Thurman v Manny Pacquiao Betting Tips (July 20)

As the only eight-division world champion in boxing history, and with 40 years and 70 professional bouts on the clock, you would think that Manny Pacquiao would be enjoying retirement from the ‘sweet science’ at this point in his life. That is certainly not the case. The Filipino legend is preparing for the 71st fight of his incredible career against an unbeaten world champion in Keith Thurman, but this is not a case of a fighter hanging onto his career because he needs the money. According to trainer Freddie Roach, Pacquiao is carrying on his Hall of Fame career because he is a “workaholic” who loves what he does.

“We want to be in the fight game,” he told Boxing Scene. “But we don’t want to just be in the fight game, we want to be the best in the fight game.

“If [Floyd] Mayweather doesn’t come to the table after this fight, if he’s too scared, then we have [Terence] Crawford. There’s a lot of good names out there, Errol Spence and so forth. If we get offered those tough guys coming up we’re not going to say no because we want to be the best at what we do. We’re not just in this game for money, trying to just go back in and make a dollar, we don’t need a dollar. We want to be the best fighter in the world.”

Pacquiao may be knocking on the door to turning 41, but the past 12 months have been the most active he has been in quite some time. He spent a year on the sidelines following his shock defeat at the hands of Jeff Horn, but he made a winning return to action a year ago when he dispatched Lucas Matthysse inside seven rounds and he followed that up in January with a convincing decision win over the deluded Adrien Broner. When Pacquiao steps inside the ring on July 20 it will be his third fight in the space of 12 months and it will be the first time he has fought multiple times in a calendar year since 2016. At this late stage of his career, ‘Pac-Man’ is being more active than he has been for years! But can he now win three consecutive fights for the first time in almost five years?

Providing the opposition is current WBA (Super) welterweight champion Keith Thurman. The 30-year-old American boasts a flawless 29-0 professional record and was on his way to cementing his status as one of the best fighters in the planet a couple of years ago, but his career was put on hold when he suffered elbow and hand injuries that sidelined him for almost two years, and in that time he admitted to dealing with bouts of depression.

‘One Time’ finally made his eagerly-anticipated return back in January when he successfully defended the welterweight title he had clung onto despite being sidelined, but his comeback was hardly the stuff of fairytale as he was awarded a Majority Decision win over Josesito Lopez. Lopez had the champion in trouble in the seventh round when he had left him reeling with a powerful left hook, but the challenger was unable to get Thurman out of there and paid the price when two judges awarded the fight to the WBA title-holder, with the third scoring it a draw.

It was an underwhelming display from Thurman that left big questions – was it down to ring rust after such a lengthy absence, or does the champion simply not have it anymore? And is he even motivated to step into the ring – that was another major question asked in the wake of that fight and in the build-up to this one. For his part, Thurman insists that he silence all of the doubters by showing them the ‘best ever’ version of himself on July 20.

“You know that was not the best Keith Thurman that you’ve ever seen,” he told reporters. “Come July 20 you will see one of the best Keith Thurmans that you’ve ever seen. I worked hard to be a champion. I’ve always wanted to fight some of the greatest names in the sport of boxing.”

Talk is cheap and Thurman will have to back up his words in the ring, and while there are question marks hanging over the champion like dark clouds that is not the case for Pacquiao, who continues to defy Father Time. ‘Pac-Man’ is clearly not the fighter he was a decade ago – who would be with 40 years and 70 fights in the books – but he has shown in his last few fights that there is still plenty left in the tank and he is motivated by success and the prospect of more massive fights down the line if he wins this one.

Pacquiao and Roach have both insisted that this fight will not go the distance, but I disagree. The challenger has to fight smart because Thurman does have the size and power that could take him out. The champion has shown flaws defensively though and they could be exposed and taken advantage of by Pacquiao, who remains quick on his feet, continues to attack from all angles and still possesses the pop in his hands that could trouble Thurman. I see the 41-year-old gaining the judges’ approval after 12 rounds, landing him the WBA (Super) title and handing Thurman his first loss.

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Boxing continues to be a popular sport to bet on and that is because the bookmakers offer no shortage of markets for every major fight as well as big domestic bust-ups. This wide selection of markets gives you the chance to make a healthy profit when betting on boxing, and here are some of the’s favourite boxing betting markets, using the Anthony Joshua v Joseph Parker world heavyweight title fight as an example…

Method Of Victory

This market is simple – you pick the winner of the market and how they will win the fight. By adding the method of victory on to simply backing a fighter, you give the price a nice shot in the arm. Joshua is as short as 1/12 to win this fight, but having stopped all of his previous 20 opponents you may like his chances of stopping Parker too. Now, odds of 1/3 are not particularly appealing, but you can see from this example that betting on a fighter’s method of victory can give his odds a healthy boost. And when it comes to bouts that are much closer to call, this market offers a great way to make a tidy profit. 

Total Rounds

The Total Rounds market gives punters the chance to bet on how many rounds the fight will or will not last. So, for example, if you believe Joshua will win in the last three rounds you could back Over 8.5 Total Rounds at 11/8, and this bet would still be a winner even if Parker won the fight as long as the bout went at least eight-and-a-half rounds. Alternatively, you may like Joshua’s chances of taking out Parker inside six rounds and Under 6.5 Total Rounds can be backed at Even money. And just like the Overs, this bet would be a winner if Parker won the fight, as long as he stopped Joshua in less than six-and-a-half rounds. This market covers every round from 1.5 Total Rounds to 10.5 Total Rounds so there are plenty of options.

Round Betting

One of the most popular ways to bet on combat sports is to bet on which round the fight will finish, and this market covers every single round in the fight. The odds can be quite lucrative too because you are pinpointing the ending of the bout down to just one round, so if you like Joshua for a 10th round stoppage you could get odds as big as 16/1, but if you believe Parker will get the nod from the judges after the full 12 rounds you could get a price as big as 33/1. If there is a market where you can make a big profit, it is this one.

Round Group Betting

But perhaps betting on a single round in a 12-round fight is not that appealing to you? If it is not, we highly recommend this boxing betting odds market because it lumps together multiple rounds and you can still get good odds. Some bookmakers will group together three rounds at a time, while others will simply split the fight in half to offer Rounds 1-6 and Rounds 7-12. When it comes to choosing a bookmaker it is simply down to how accurate you want to be with your prediction. In his most recent outings Joshua has gone into the second half of the fight so Rounds 7-12 could be tempting at 9/5, but if you want to narrow it down to the last three rounds, 10-12, the price is a much bigger 6/1. There are many options and the bigger the grouping of rounds the shorter the odds will get, but even at the shortest price, you can still make a nice profit with a winning bet.

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