Top Boxing Betting Picks of the Week – April 8th

Top Boxing Betting Picks of the Week – April 8th

Written by on April 8, 2019

Okay boxing fans and betting buffs, after suffering through a week that didn’t feature a championship bout last week, you’re going to have a quartet of chances to cash in on championship bouts this coming weekend. Three title bouts will be going down on Friday night with the fourth and final championship fight of the week taking place on Saturday. Now, let’s find out who’s in action across the globe and who’s getting boxing championship odds this coming weekend.

Top Boxing Betting Picks of the Week – April 8th

Vasyl Lomachenko  vs. Anthony Crolla

Despite having just 13 career fights as a pro, 31-year-old lightweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko has been recognized as the best pound-for-pound fighter on the planet. he’ll put his title and 11-fight winning streak on the line when he squares off against Britain’s Anthony Crolla on Friday night live from the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles.

While Crolla has won three straight bouts and has a vast edge in experience in this bout, it is the reigning champ that has the edge in hand and foot speed, overall athleticism and defense. Not only that, but the champ has won five of his last six fights in stoppage fashion and he’s looking for a big payday down the road. Prior to winning his last three fights, Crolla had dropped consecutive fights against former champ Jorge Linares via unanimous decision and this is the same Linares that Lomachenko stopped via 10th round TKO in May. I’ve got the challenger losing this title bout by unanimous decision as well.

Pick: Vasyl Lomachenko Via Unanimous Decision

Claressa Shields  vs. Christina Hammer

24-year-old Michigan native and 2012 Gold Medal winner Claressa Shields is unbeaten in eight fights and will put her WBA, WBC and IBF female middleweight titles on the line in this highly intriguing affair. Shields comes into this bout off a unanimous decision win over German Femke Hermans in December and generally outclasses her opponents as he modest two career knockouts indicate.

28-year-old Kazakhstan native Christina Hammer is unbeaten in 24 career bouts and her WBO middleweight title is on the line in this one. Hammer comes into this bout off a stunning second round TKO win over Elene Sikmashvili in February, so she’s got a quick turnaround in this bout.

This matchup, which which takes place live  from Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey and will air live on Showtime at 9:00 PM ET, is being billed as arguably the most important bout in women’s boxing history. The pair were originally scheduled to meet last November, but Hammer had to pull out because of an undisclosed injury.

“I always seek the biggest challenges and set the highest goals. I will be ready like never before and will defeat Christina Hammer on April 13,” said Shields. “Nothing will stop me from becoming undisputed champion and continuing my journey to carry women’s boxing to never-before-seen heights. I want to be the greatest of all time and change the game forever for all women in sports, and April 13 is an important step on that road to history.”

While Hammer has dominated the women’s middleweight division for eight years, I’m thinking she’s finally met her match in Claressa Shields. Not only that, but I suspect that Shields has an added chip on her shoulder after Hammer first introduced herself to the young pro back in 2017 after Shields beat Nikki Adler and Hammer had some ‘after match’ trash-talking to do.

I’m going with Shields to do just what she said she’d do to hammer right here.

Shields has won each of her last four bouts via unanimous decision and I’ve got her getting past hammer via another unanimous decision.

Boxing Betting Pick: Claressa Shields Via Unanimous Decision

Elena Gradinar vs. Brenda Karen Carabajal 10 Rounds

Russian Elena Gradinar will be shooting for her first world title when she takes on former two-time title challenger Brenda Karen Carabajal for the vacant IBF Featherweight World Championship on the undercard of the Shields vs. Hammer card in A.C. Gradinar comes into this bout off a unanimous decision win over Olivia Gerula in March of 2018, so she could be ring-rusty, Carbajal comes into this bout off a unanimous decision win over Paola Ibarra in October.

While Elena Gradinar has won all nine of her career fights, this one will undoubtedly be the toughest of her career. With that said, I’m going with Brenda Karen Carabajal to get the win for a couple of reasons. First, she’s got the edge in experience and I suspect she’s going to be the one less intimidated by making her first appearance in the U.S…plus Carbajal has lost twice in her bid to become a world champion. I say, the third time’s the charm everyone!

Boxing Betting Pick: Brenda Karen Carabajal Via Unanimous Decision

Jamie Munguia vs. Dennis Hogan

On Saturday, in Monterrey, Mexico, Jaime Munguia looks to defend his title against challenger Dennis “Hurricane” Hogan in a 12-round affair. The 22-year-old Munguia comes into this bout off a unanimous decision win over Takeshi Inoue in January that was his third successful title defense since winning the belt by beating Sadam Ali in May of 2018. 34-year-old Dennis Hogan has won six straight fights since suffering his only career loss back in 2015.

The pick for this championship bout is easy as pie, seeing as how Jamie Munguia is the younger, bigger, faster and stronger fighter in this matchup. Many boxing observers believe that Munguia has a chance to be one of the best fighters in the world and he’s shown that he has plenty of superstar potential while fighting at a mind-boggling pace that has produced an insane 32 career fights even though he’s still just 22-years-old.

Munguia is most likely making his last appearance as a junior middleweight as he seeks a big payday against either Triple G, Canelo or Danny Jacobs at middleweight. That said, there’s absolutely no way he loses this fight to Dennis Hogan.

Boxing Betting Pick: Jamie Munguia Via Eighth Round KO