Two of the best in the world, Gennady Golovkin, Triple G, and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, step into the ring this weekend. On Friday night, Golovkin takes on Kamil Szeremeta. Then on Saturday, Alvarez battles Callum Smith in what should be an excellent fight. Check out analysis and free picks for the top boxing matches on Friday and Saturday, along with their Boxing odds!
Boxing Picks for the Weekend: Triple G and Canelo in Action
Top Boxing Matches
- When: Friday, Dec. 18 – Saturday, Dec. 19
Friday, Dec. 18th Top Boxing Fights
- Shakan Pitters -400 / Craig Richards +300
Pitters is undefeated at 14-0, but Richards has a nice 15-1-1 record with 8 knockouts. That’s enough of a reason to back at the odds. He can upset Pitters on Friday.
Boxing Pick: Craig Richards
- John Ryder -1500 / Mike Guy +650
At 28-5, Big John Ryder should have no trouble handling 12-5 Mike Guy. But Ryder heads into this off a loss to Callum Smith. Does that mean Guy has a shot? Smith is undefeated at 26-0. Guy isn’t. Also, Mike is much older than John.
Boxing Pick: John Ryder
- Ali Akhmedov -1400 / Carlos Gongora Mercado +700
This should be a much better fight than the odds indicate. Although Akhmedov is a -1400 favorite, and is undefeated at 16-0 with 12 knockouts, Carlos Gongora has the skills to hang with Akhmedov. Carlos has the 4-inch reach advantage while Ali is 6 years younger. Which fighter has the edge? Although we’d love to back Gongora, Akhmedov will come out ahead. It won’t be an easy fight, though.
Boxing Pick: Ali Akhmedov
- Kamil Szeremeta +1210 / Gennady Golovkin -2380
Kamil Szeremeta is a tough, undefeated fighter. But a quick look at his record and we notice he hasn’t battled anyone of note. He’s skilled, well-trained, and younger than Gennadiy, though. We should beware backing boxers with undefeated records versus suspect competition. Triple G will have a chance to end Kamil’s night before the sixth.
Boxing Pick: Gennady Golovkin
Saturday, Dec. 19th Top Boxing Fights
- Ilunga Makuba -1500 / Olanrewaju Durodola +650
Durodola is 34-7 with 31 knockouts. He’s got some skills. But he’s 40-years-old facing a 27-2 fighter with 24 knockouts. Makuba hasn’t lost since 2016. Not only that, but in his 7 fights since, he’s dominated opponents, including beating then undefeated Micheal Ciselak in his last.
Boxing Pick: Ilunga Makuba
- Brandun Lee -7000 / Dakota Linger +1200
This is an “I’m now on the map” fight. Lee is 21-0 with 18 knockouts. He dominated Jimmy Williams in his last with a devastating knockout. Dakota Linger has an okay record, but he hasn’t fought anyone close as talented as the young, exciting, Lee. Also, Dakota’s 4 losses have happened in his last 6 bouts.
Boxing Pick: Brandun Lee
- Gary Antonio Russell -500 / Juan Carlos Payano +350
Gary Antonio Russell is another undefeated boxer. Only in this case, he takes on a strong opponent in 36-year-old Juan Carlos Payano. Juan Carlos has lost 3 of his last 4, though. It will be difficult for the veteran to get to the younger Russell. Gary wins another.
Boxing Pick: Gary Antonio Russell
- Chris Van Heerden +650 / Jaron Ennis -1500
This could be one of the best boxing matches this weekend. Ennis is a big time favorite because he’s 26-0 with 24 knockouts. But cagey Chris Van Heerden hasn’t lost since 2015. Also, Van Heerden has won 3-of-4 via unanimous decision, telling us he’s been patient. The loss was to a fighter named Errol Spence Jr. Will Heerden beat Ennis? Probably not. But the favorite offers underlay odds. So we’ll take a shot.
Boxing Pick: Chris Van Heerden
- Emanuel Rodriguez -160 / Reymart Gaballo +130
19-1 Rodriguez was undefeated until he stepped into the ring versus one of the best pound-for-pound boxers on the planet in Nayoa Inoue. Gabbalo isn’t at Inoue’s level yet. However, he is 23-0 with 20 knockouts. He’s one of those fighters from the Philippines that the great Manny Pacquiao inspired. Reymart figures to keep his undefeated record intact.
Boxing Pick: Reymart Gaballo
- Callum Smith +475 / Canelo Alvarez -700
Callum Smith has some major physical advantages over Canelo Alvarez. He’s 6’ 3” while Canelo is 5’ 8”. He’s also got an 8-inch reach advantage. But Smith doesn’t always use his reach. Callum had a 6-inch reach advantage over John Ryder and Ryder got to his body. Smith covers up when his opponent advances. Canelo has enough power to sting Smith through his gloves. Canelo wins, probably via an early round knockout.
Boxing Pick: Canelo Alvarez