This Saturday, three of the best known boxers in the sport step into the ring. Erislandy Lara goes against Thomas Lamanna, Dimitry Bivol takes on Craig Richards, and Andy Ruiz Jr. returns to action against Chris Arreola. Check out analysis, Boxing odds, and free boxing picks for those three fights as well as five other great May 1 matches.
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Saturday, May 1st Fights
- Natasha Jonas +420 / Katie Taylor -570
Most believe this is too much too soon for 9-1-1 Natasha Jonas. The UK boxer has knocked out 7 of her opponents, though. Katie Taylor is 17-0 with 6 knockout wins. These two fought at the 2012 Olympics. The fight happened way too long ago to mean anything. Jonas has a tight defense, which could get her into some trouble in this. Taylor likes to box with her jab forward. The chalk looks tough.
Boxing Pick: Katie Taylor
- Craig Richards +1500 / Dimitry Bivol -5000
Now 17-0 with 11 knockout wins, light heavyweight champ Dimitry Bivol is one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world. Bivol has all the tools, a jab, a right, left hook. He can fight inside or outside. Craig Richards has a nice 16-1-1 record. He fights with abandon. In some ways, that’s a good thing. Against Bivol, it will lead to disaster. Wait for round odds, and then choose the one where you think Dimitry disposes of his opponent. We like the fifth and the sixth.
Boxing Pick: Bivol wins in Round 5 or Round 6
- Joseph Parker -180 / Dereck Chisora +150
Two veterans step into the ring when Dereck Chisora takes on Joseph Parker. Derek “War” Chisora is 32-10 with 23 knockouts. Now 37, Chisora is an old school, throw down, fighter. He’s not afraid of anything, including getting knocked out. 27-2 Joseph Parker has knocked out 21 of his opponents. Parker hasn’t lost since 2018. Chisora could get lucky and land a good punch. More than likely? Parker wins this with few, if any, issues.
Boxing Pick: Joseph Parker
- Javier Molina +500 / Jesus Alejandro Ramos -1000
22-3 Javier Molina is a decent boxer. With only 9 knockouts, he doesn’t have a ton of power, though. Jesus Alejandro Ramos is 15-0 with 14 knockouts. JAR’s power should be the difference in this. Wait for round odds and play a couple. The sixth and seventh look best.
Boxing Pick: Jesus Alejandro Ramos wins Round 6 or Round 7
- Abel Ramos -160/ Omar Figueroa Jr. +130
Ramos versus Figueroa may be the most competitive match of the night. Omar Figueroa Jr. is 28-1-1 with 19 knockouts. Yordenis Ugas beat Figueroa in his last fight. Abel Ramos is 26-4-2 with 20 knockouts. Ugas also beat Ramos in Abel’s last fight. Figueroa has a shot but Ramos lost to Ugas via split-decision. He should do just enough for a decision victory on May 1.
Boxing Pick: Abel Ramos
- Jorge Cota +500 / Sebastian Fundora -1000
Sebastian Fundora has won 11 of his 16 bouts via knockout or technical knockout. The super welterweight is 6’ 5 ½” and has an 80” reach. Jorge Cota is at a serious disadvantage in terms of length. But Cota has fought some of the toughest guys in the world including Jermell Charlo and Jeison Rosario. Fundora should win this fight. Cota is the best fighter Fundora has faced. The underdog may be savvy enough to pull off the stunning win.
Boxing Pick: Jorge Cota
- Thomas Lamanna +1205 / Erislandy Lara -2365
Thomas Lamanna is a tough guy but he’s up against it versus Erislandy Lara. The former champion is 23-3-3 with 15 knockouts. He’ll use everything in his arsenal to beat Lamanna in what should be an entertaining, albeit one-sided, fight. Lamanna has gotten knocked out twice. So if you want to back a couple of rounds, go for it. To be honest, though, Lara could decide to stretch this one out and win via decision.
Boxing Pick: Erislandy Lara
- Chris Arreola +1210 / Andy Ruiz Jr. -2380
Chris Arreola hasn’t fought since 2019. When he enters the ring, he may hold more spare tires around his midsection than Andy Ruiz Jr. That’s saying something. In any case, Ruiz Jr. wins this by knockout. So think about the round Ruiz ends the fight. This shouldn’t last long. Third round or fourth round most likely.
Boxing Pick: Andy Ruiz Jr. wins in Round 3 or Round 4
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