Okay fight fans and boxing betting aficionados, while this coming week’s slate of pugilistic action is going to be a bit hard-pressed to reproduce the ‘super exciting’ one-punch knockout finish we saw from Deontay Wilder on Saturday night, you’re still going to have a pair of great chances to cash in with a potentially winning wager when two title fights go down from polar opposite ends of the earth.
Top Boxing Betting Picks of the Week – May 20th Edition
Wanheng Menayothin vs. Tatsuya Fukuhara, Rematch, 12 rounds, for Menayothin’s WBC Strawweight title
- When: May 24: Chonburi, Thailand
WBC strawweight champion, Wanheng Menayothin (52-0, 18 KOs) will put his belt on the line in an intriguing rematch against Japan’s Tatsuya Fukuhara (21-6-6, 7 KOs).
The 33-year-old Menayothin stands 5’2” with a beat Fukuhara via unanimous decision back in November of 2017 and he’s won three straight since then including a six round unanimous decision win over Mektison Marganti in November.
The 30-year-old Fukuhara stand 5’4” with a 63-inch reach. The challenger has won two straight since his loss to Menayothin including his unanimous decision win over Naoya Haruguchi in July.
Wanheng Menayothin is unbeaten in a whopping 52 career fights and should probably be getting some serious recognition for his achievement. Whether he gets that recognition or not, Menayothin is the easy pick to get the win in this bout seeing as how Tatsuya Fukuhara has lost two of his last four fights and just possess the tools – or punching power – necessary to beat an experienced champion that is better in every facet of the game. This one will go down as another unanimous decision win for the reigning champ.
Boxing Betting Pick: Wanheng Menayothin Via Unanimous Decision
Masayuki Ito vs. Jamel Herring, 12 rounds, for Ito’s WBO junior lightweight title
- When: May 25 Kissimmee, Fla. (ESPN/ESPN Deportes)
- Where: Kissimmee Civic Center, Kissimmee, FL
Masayuki Ito (25-1-1, 13 KOs) is 28-years-old and stands 5’8½ inches. He’s won nine straight fights coming into this title bout including a stunning seventh round knockout win over Evgeny Chuprakov in December. Former U.S. Olympian Jamel Herring (19-2, 10 KOs) is 33-years-old and stands 5’10” with a 70-inch reach. Herring has won three straight fights including a unanimous decision win over Adelison Dos Santos in December.
I like Jamel Herring, but I’ll be honest and admit that while he’s a good fighter, he’s not great by any stretch of the imagination and I fully believe he’s reached the peak of his abilities while Masayuki Ito is still in the midst of his prime. The reigning champ is the better technical fighter and while he doesn’t have the power punching edge in this affair, I am expecting Ito to out-box and out-class Jamel Herring in this title bout. I’m going with Masayuki Ito to get the win via unanimous decision.
Boxing Betting Pick: Masayuki Ito Via Unanimous Decision.