While the upcoming week of big-time boxing action is definitely going to be a lot ‘quieter’ than the past week of global headline-making pugilistic news, boxing lovers and betting enthusiasts everywhere are going to have the chance to cash in on at least two world title fights. With the WBC/IBF light heavyweight unification title on the line on Friday night and another world title tilt taking place on Saturday, let’s find out who’s in action and which fighters are offering the best value against their boxing betting odds.
Top Boxing Betting Picks for the Week – October 14th Edition
Oleksandr Gvozdyk (17-0, 14 KOs) vs. Artur Beterbiev (14-0, 14 KOs)
- When: October 18, 2019 at
- Where: Liacouras Center, Philadelphia, PA
- TV: ESPN/ESPN Deportes
- Live Stream: WatchESPN
Russian native Artur Beterbiev is 34-years-old and stands 6’0” with a 73-inch reach. The hard-hitting fighter kept his perfect knockout record intact by finishing Radivoje Kalajdzic via fifth round KO in May. Ukraine native Oleksandr Gvozdyk is 32-years-old and stands 6’2” with a 76-inch reach. Gvozdyk comes into this bout off an emphatic fifth round KO over Doudou Ngumbu in march that helped him retain his WBC and lineal lightweight titles.
Beterbiev had over 300 amateur fights and won gold and silver in world-level contests in Milan and Chicago. Gvozdyk had over 250 amateur bouts and won a bronze medal for Ukraine in the 2012 Olympics in London. While Beterbiev defeated Gvozdyk when the two met as amateurs, I’m going with Gvozdyk to extract some revenge by getting the split decision win in an absolute thriller.
“This could very well be the fight of the year,” says promoter Bob Arum. “These are two evenly matched, undefeated light heavyweight champions. There is nothing better in the sport of boxing.”
Boxing Betting Pick: Oleksandr Gvozdyk Via Split Decision
Lewis Ritson (19-1, 12 KOs) vs. Robbie Davies Jr. (19-1, 13 KOs)
- When: Saturday, October 19, 2019
- Where: Utilita Arena,Newcastle, England
Englishman Robbie Davies Jr. just turned 30-years-old earlier this month. Davies Jr. comes into this bout off a unanimous decision win over Joe Hughes in March after recording another UD win over Glenn Foot last October that earned him the British and Commonwealth titles. Lewis Ritson is 26-years-old and stands 5’10” with a 70-inch reach. The Englishman has won two straight since suffering his only career loss in October of 2018 and comes into this bout off a stunning third round TKO win over Marek Jedrzejewski in August.
While Davies is the betting underdog in this matchup, he’s also ranked inside the top 10 by two major sanctioning bodies in the light-welterweight division while Ritson is ranked 11th. More importantly, I believe Davies has fought better competition over the course of his career and is the only fighter in this affair that is ready to challenge for a world championship. Back the underdog in this one and you’ll end up one happy camper!
Boxing Betting Pick: Robbie Davies jr, Via Unanimous Decision