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Saul Alvarez v Rocky Fielding (December 15)

Saul Alvarez’s stock has never been higher since he became the first boxer to beat Gennady Golovkin in the professional ranks back in September, becoming the unified middleweight world champion in the process. Having been accused of running for much of the first fight, which ended in a controversial split decision draw, ‘Canelo’ adopted a completely different approach in the return meeting as he took the fight to ‘GGG’ and was rewarded with a Majority Decision victory.

A rematch between the pair appears to be almost inevitable, but before that happens Alvarez will step into the boxing ring at least one more time and he is looking to add another accolade to his glittering CV having already been crowned middleweight and light-middleweight champion in his career. The 28-year-old Mexican is stepping up to the super-middleweight ranks for the first time in his career and he will be challenging WBA champion Rocky Fielding at Madison Square Garden.

“This is a new challenge, to be moving up in weight,” he said. “This is a risk that I am taking. I'm entering the comfort zone of the champion, but I'll take this challenge on because that's what I need to do to make history in my career. I want to be one of the top ten Mexican fighters to become a three-division world champion.”

Reports claim Alvarez’s camp had always been looking for the fighter to return to the ring before the end of the year, but it must be said that the choice of opponent is massively surprising with Fielding an unknown quantity for the American audience.

The 31-year-old Englishman finally made it to the mountain top in the super-middleweight division back in July when he produced the performance of a lifetime to stop Tyron Zeuge in round five and become the new WBA champion. But as good as that performance was, Fielding will have to top it by some distance if he is to enjoy a successful first defence by becoming only the second man, after Floyd Mayweather Jr, to beat Alvarez inside a professional boxing ring.

It is quite fitting that the massive underdog is called Rocky, because if he pulls this off it will be fairytale stuff that you would only expect to see in a Hollywood movie. But can we really expect him to inflict a very damaging defeat on ‘Canelo’?

“Yes, it's Canelo and yes, it's at Madison Square Garden, but I wouldn't take it if I didn't think I could beat him,” Fielding told Sky Sports. “He's moving up from middleweight and I am big super-middleweight. I've got the height and the reach so I am up against a tough fighter, one of the elite fighters, but I've got to be in it to win it. I am going there confident of winning it and I'm confident I can win it, I'm not going there just because it's Canelo at Madison Square Garden. I am going there to defend my title. I want to keep my title.”

The one advantage Fielding will have over the two-weight world champion is size. The 6’1” Liverpudlian is much taller than 5’9” Alvarez, boasting a 4.5” reach advantage, and he has spent a lot more time boxing in this higher weight class than the challenger, who is stepping up to 168lbs after spending his career fighting between the welterweight and middleweight divisions.

But while he has a size advantage, every other factor swings in the favour of Alvarez. Fielding is not the quickest and he has a tendency to load up on punches, and that is something ‘Canelo’ can exploit to devastating effect because he will be the much quicker fighter with a lot faster handspeed. He should be able to pick apart Fielding at Madison Square Garden and I do not think it will take long for him to do it. Alvarez will work over the Englishman and knock him out in the first half of the fight.

Dillian Whyte v Dereck Chisora 2 (December 22)

It has been a successful but frustrating year for Dillian Whyte, who has rebounded from his only professional defeat to reel off eight straight victories and catapult himself into world title contention. He was controversially overlooked by the WBC after seemingly making himself the number one contender to the governing body’s version of the world title, but instead of sitting on the sidelines for the rest of the year ‘The Body Snatcher’ will step into the ring one more time in 2018. And he will do it to settle a grudge once and for all.

Whyte went toe-to-two with the experienced Dereck Chisora for 12 full rounds back in December 2016 and at the end of it the judges came down on his side – narrowly – as they awarded the Jamaican-born heavyweight a split decision victory. Of course, both men have very differing opinions on whether the judges got their verdict right that night.

“This is going to be the donkey’s final destination,” said Whyte. “This will be Chisora’s last fight, the donkey’s last ride. I think that he needs to really have a good think about taking this fight because he’s going to be heading home after the fight looking like he’s been run over by a truck. I believe that I’ll knock him out in devastating fashion this time. Last time was my first 12-rounder and I was a little bit inexperienced but this time I’ll know exactly what to do. He’s at the end of the road.

“This is heavyweight boxing and you never know what’s around the corner, but I’ve done what I need to do to secure a shot at a world title. There’s always something getting in the way, other fights being made or money and politics ruining things, but after I finish Chisora nobody can deny me my shot.”

“You will all witness exactly what ‘WAR’ Chisora is about,” Chisora countered. “I’m not messing, I’m not playing at boxing. Dillian has spent the last two years avoiding getting back in the ring with me. He knows exactly what it feels like to go toe-to-toe with me. For the next seven weeks he will have sleepless nights knowing what he has finally signed up to. His last couple of opponents didn’t come for battle, they didn’t even put heat on Dillian. On December 22 I’m coming to burn him up!

“I was cheated in our first fight by the judges, everyone knows that I was the true victor. This time I have a score to settle, Dillian won’t be hearing the final bell to be saved by the judges. I will be stepping in the ring a different fighter. I have everything to prove and it all to lose. ‘Dell Boy’ is no more, ‘WAR’ Chisora doesn’t cut corners, he doesn’t skip sessions and he doesn’t look for the easy option. I’m in the gym every day pushing my body to its limit. I’m in complete control of my destiny.”

Both men will now have an opportunity to erase any doubts when they meet again at the o2 Arena in London, but who will have their hand raised? Chisora is talking a good game and he has looked sharp in his last two outings, stopping Carlos Takam and Zakaria Azzouzi, but this is still a fighter who has lost three of his last seven fights and he was in trouble early on against Takam back in July. ‘Del Boy’ may have extended his career with those two wins, but I agree with Whyte and believe he could end his opponent’s resurgence.

This is the best version of Whyte that we have ever seen and he has done an excellent job at getting his world title dream back on track since that loss to Anthony Joshua back in December 2015. ‘The Body Snatcher’ made it eight wins in a row as he followed up his brutal stoppage win over Lucas Browne in March with the biggest victory of his career so far, a unanimous decision win over former world heavyweight champion Joseph Parker back in July, and it appears to be only a matter of time before he does get his title shot.

Whyte will certainly help his cause again with a win here, but he may have to grit his teeth and go 12 rounds because stopping Chisora is no easy task. Only once has he failed to go 12 rounds and that was when his corner pulled him in between rounds during his bout with Tyson Fury back in November 2014. ‘Del Boy’ is likely to stick around here, but Whyte should be too much for him.

Josh Warrington v Carl Frampton (December 22)

Carl Frampton’s quest to become a world champion once again will require him to do something no other man has managed in the professional boxing ring – beat Josh Warrington. The Leeds lad has compiled a perfect record of 27-0 on his way to becoming IBF featherweight champion, and in the past 18 months he has recorded two of the biggest wins of his career by beating former world champion Kiko Martinez and domestic rival Lee Selby.

Warrington is now confident of adding former super-bantamweight and featherweight champion Frampton to that list on December 22, and he has claimed he will do it in emphatic fashion by becoming the first fighter to knockout Frampton.

“It is going to be high octane with plenty of energy in there with two fantastic styles,” Warrington told BT Sport. “I think the fight might change patterns in terms of feeling each other out and being edgy, then busy in spells, but I can see nothing else than me taking over from the second half.

“I don’t like making predictions and I see a Josh Warrington win, but I am going to go for a stoppage this time. If I see it I am going to go for it. Coming out of the Selby fight, if I was going to criticise myself or kick myself, I wish I had just pressed on. This time around, if I see the opportunity I am just going to go for it.”

Frampton, of course, disagrees and it appears as though these comments from Warrington may have gotten under the former world champion’s skin a little.

“I don't necessarily have a dislike for Josh Warrington, but I think there is something bubbling beneath the surface and he is a bit more arrogant than he lets on,” Frampton told The Boxing podcast.

“It is just a few things that I have seen recently and it is starting to seep out. Maybe he is getting a wee bit carried away with this world title and fair play to him because he is a world champion and he is entitled to be proud of that. He is getting a bit too carried away though and I think there is a bit of arrogance in there somewhere that he is trying his best to keep away from the public.

“It is just a few wee things that he's said. He's said he's going to knock me out and he doesn't need to say that. It is a bit of an outrageous comment coming from a guy who has had as many knockout wins as I've had world title fights.”

Frampton is right – only six of Warrington’s 27 professional victories have come via stoppage so he does not have one-punch concussive power that is going to trouble ‘The Jackal’. He is an aggressive fighter who constantly comes forward and throws a lot of punches though, and that is an approach that could catch the eye of the judges if the fight goes the full 12 rounds.

However, I am going with Frampton here. He is the more experienced fighter having competed at the top for a lot longer in his career and I agree with his assessment that he is better than Warrington “in every department”. ‘The Jackal’ certainly boasts more punching power, having stopped 15 opponents in his 26 professional victories, and I expect that power to come into play as he uses body shots to sap Warrington’s energy, slow him down and take away his gameplan. And although I would not be shocked to see Frampton stop the champion, I am going with him winning the title via decision. After all, he does only have one stoppage win in the last three-and-a-half years.

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10pt Stake
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Tyson Fury v Sefer SeferiUnder 5.5 total rounds @ 4/6-+6.67
Oleksandr Usyk v Murat GassievUsyk to win @ 10/11-+9.09
Dillian Whyte v Joseph ParkerParker by decision @ 7/4-U10
Tyson Fury v Francesco PianetaFury to win in rounds 1-5 @ 11/8-U10
Carl Frampton v Luke JacksonFrampton to win in rounds 7-12 @ 8/5-+16
Amir Khan v Samuel VargasKhan to win in rounds 7-12 @ 6/5-U10
Gennady Golovkin v Saul AlvarezGolovkin by decision @ 5/2Fight to go the distance @ 4/6U3.33
Anthony Joshua v Alexander PovetkinJoshua to win in rounds 1-6 @ 8/5-U10
George Groves v Callum SmithSmith to win @ 5/4-+12.50
Oleksandr Usyk v Tony BellewUsyk by decision @ 2/1-U10
Deontay Wilder v Tyson FuryWilder to win @ 6/4Over 9.5 total rounds @ 8/13U3.85
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BOXING ODDS: UPCOMING FIGHTS

December 8: Kell Brook v Michael Zerafa

December 15: Rocky Fielding v Saul Alvarez

December 22: Dillian Whyte v Dereck Chisora

December 22: Josh Warrington v Carl Frampton

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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 Bettingpro.com’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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