Showtime, ESPN, and DAZN all provide boxing fight cards this weekend. On Friday, Clarissa Shields takes on Ivana Habazin in a Women’s Junior Middleweight Title bout. That’s the main event on Showtime’s card. The main event on ESPN’s card happens on Saturday. Jessie Hart battles Joe Smith Jr. Over on DAZN this Saturday, Jaime Munguia throws down against Gary O’Sullivan in a 12-round middleweight battle. Check out previews and picks for this week’s top boxing matches!
Top Boxing Betting Picks for the Week – January 6th Edition
Friday, Jan. 10th
- Where: Atlantic City, NJ
- TV: Showtime
Jaron Ennis vs Bakhtiyar Eyubov
- Welterweights – 10 Rounds
Ennis doesn’t have a cakewalk battle against Bakhtiyar Euybov. His opponent is 14-1-1. But the 22-year-old Ennis is a top fighter with 24 wins and 0 losses. He’s also got 22 knockouts from those 24 wins. It shouldn’t be easy early but by the 5th round Ennis dominates.
Boxing Betting Pick: Jaron Ennis
Claressa Shields vs Ivana Habazin
WBO/WBC Women’s Junior Middleweight Title – 10 Rounds
Shields is 9-0 with 2 knockouts. She faces a tough fighter in Ivana Habazin on Friday night. Habazin has battled 21 times. She’s got 20 wins from those 21 bouts. Habazin will make Shields work for it. Clarissa’s speed should lead to a win, though.
Boxing Betting Pick: Claressa Shields
Saturday, Jan. 10th
- Where: Atlantic City, NJ
- TV: ESPN / ESPN Deportes
Steve Nelson vs Cem Kilic
- Super Middleweights – 10 Rounds
Undefeated Steve Nelson has 12 knockouts from 15 wins. Cem Kilic is undefeated as well. Kilic is 14-0 with 9 knockouts. The undefeated Turkish fighter is 6 years younger than Nelson. He should give Nelson all he can handle. In the end, though, Nelson wins. Why? He’s got a 4-inch reach advantage that he’ll use to set Kilic up for devastating power punches.
Boxing Betting Pick: Steve Nelson
Jesse Hart vs Joe Smith Jr.
- Light Heavyweights – 10 Rounds
26-2 with 12 knockouts, Jesse Hart has a massive 77” reach. Joe Smith Jr. is 24-3 with 20 knockouts. Smith Jr. has 2 losses from his last 3 bouts. Sullivan Barrera beat him via unanimous decision in 2017. Last March, Dimitry Bivol beat him via unanimous decision. Both of Hart’s losses were to 40-0 with 26 KOs Gilberto Ramirez. Jesse uses his reach to keep Joe guessing all night. Hart wins.
Boxing Betting Pick: Jesse Hart
Jaime Munguia vs Gary O’Sullivan
- Middleweights – 12 Rounds
- Where: San Antonio, TX
- TV: DAZN
23-year-old Jaime Munguia is undefeated with 34 wins. 27 of Munguia’s wins ended in a TKO or KO. Gary O’Sullivan is 30-3. But the tough Irishman is 35-years-old and faces one of the best young boxers in the sport on Saturday. O’Sullivan will give it his all. It won’t be enough versus the ultra-talented Munguia.
Boxing Betting Pick: Jaime Munguia