The world of boxing tends to blow a little hot and cold, as we go few short periods where there are no big fights on tap followed by a flurry of activity where there are a lot of big bouts on the horizon. That is where we are at this week, as the coming weekend has several big fights primed and ready to go.
The beauty here is that the locations of these fights mean that we can essentially watch them all without any crossover. We have fights in Glasgow, Scotland and others in New York City highlighting the action, so let’s jump right into the Boxing betting action.
Top Boxing Betting Picks of the Week – May 13th Edition
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Ivan Baranchyk vs Josh Taylor
- Boxing Odds: Baranchyk +460 / Taylor -620
We get the ball rolling with an IBF Junior Welterweight Title bout on Saturday night in Glasgow. Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, Josh Taylor is sure to have the crowd on his side for this one as he looks to extend his career mark to 15 fights unbeaten.
This will be the 3rd straight fight that Taylor has had at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow, so he should certainly be comfortable there. He is up against a tough opponent in Ivan Baranchyk, as the Russian is coming into this one with a perfect 19-0 professional record. At the end of the day, though, the hometown boy should come good.
Naoya Inoue vs Emmanuel Rodriguez
- Boxing Odds: Inoue -870 / Rodriguez +620
This is the headline event on the Glasgow card, with this one being for the IBF WBA World Bantamweight Title. Inoue is in as a massive favorite for this one, which is not really much of a surprise given that he has closed out each of his last two title fights in the opening round. He has won 15 of his 17 professional bouts by KO.
Rodriguez won the vacant IBF title versus Paul Butler, and then defended it in a split decision win in his last fight. I don’t see a decision needed here, as Inoue should get this done quickly.
Deontay Wilder vs Dominic Breazeale
- Boxing Odds: Wilder -835 / Breazeale +585
The big boys are up next, with the battle for the WBC World Heavyweight Title the highlight of the main card in Brooklyn on Saturday night. Deontay Wilder won this title back in 2015, successfully defending it 8 times since then.
The closest he came to losing it was in his last defense when he fought to a draw with Tyson Fury. You have a feeling that we are looking at a rematch there, as this one looks like a filler against a much lesser opponent. Wilder gets this one done quickly.
Kiko Martinez vs Gary Russell Jr.
- Boxing Odds: TBA
We move to Brooklyn on Saturday night for the next two fights in our preview, starting out with this one, a 12-round bout for the WBC World Featherweight Title. This will be the 3rd defense of the title for Russell Jr., who won the belt with a KO of Patrick Hyland back in 2016.
His first defense was an easy win, but he was made to go the distance in his last defense versus Joseph Diaz. It has been a year since Martinez last fought, winning the EBU European Featherweight Title. I like Russell Jr. to win this one early.