3 title fights take place this week. Over in Chelyabinsk, Russia, Sergey Kovalev throws down against Anthony Yarde. Then in Hermosillo, Mexico, Juan Francisco Estrada takes on Dewayne Beamon. In Edinburg, Texas, top fighter Brandon Figueroa battles Javier Nicholas Chacon. Check out the analysis and free picks for all 3 title fights along with an under card battle on the Fox Sports broadcast card in Edinburg!
Top Boxing Betting Picks for the Week – August 19th Edition
Saturday, August 24
Sergey Kovalev vs Anthony Yarde
- Where: Chelyabinsk, Russia
- TV: ESPN+
The one thing we can say about Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev is that he’s not afraid of anybody. The 33-3-1 fighter with 28 knockouts lost to Eleider Alvarez last August. This past February, Kovalev beat Alvarez via unanimous decision.
Anthony Yarde is undefeated at 18-0. Yarde’s a good fighter, but this is a major step up. He tends to keep his left down and use his physical size to overwhelm his opponents. Sergey won’t let that happen in this fight. He’ll side-step and blast Yarde with a 1-2, or with one of his patented short hooks.
Boxing Betting Pick: Sergey Kovalev
Juan Francisco Estrada vs Dewayne Beamon
- Where: Hermosillo, Mexico
- TV: DAZN
Juan Estrada has an excellent 39-3 record. 29 of his wins have ended in technical knockout or knockout. Flat out, Estrada’s a fighter. He never throws a punch without first setting his feet. He can go to the head and body equally well. He’s not afraid to mix it up.
Dewayne Beamon is 16-1-1. Beamon is a very good fighter. He’s patient and stays calm while picking his shots. Unfortunately, he’s never come close to battling a boxer with the ferociousness he’s going to see from Estrada on Saturday. JFE dominates from beginning to end. Don’t be surprised if he takes Beamon out before the eighth.
Boxing Betting Pick: Juan Francisco Estrada
Stephen Fulton Jr. vs Isaac Avelar
- Where: Edinburg, TX
- TV: FOX Sports
Before the main event on FOX Sports broadcast this Saturday, two 16-0 fighters take to the ring when Stephen Fulton Jr. battles Isaac Avelar in a 12-round junior featherweight bout. Fulton Jr. is a classic boxer. He uses his jab beautifully to not only set up bigger punches, but to also parry his opponents punches.
Avelar, nicknamed “Canelito”, will be tested here. Fulton Jr.’s jab should give Avelar some trouble. But, Isaac has a chance to stalk and land some big punches. He moves his body and counter punches well. He can hand Fulton Jr. his first professional loss.
Boxing Betting Pick: Isaac Avelar
Brandon Figueroa vs Javier Nicholas Chacon
Undefeated Brandon Figueroa, 19-0 with 14 knockouts, likes to mix it up. What’s interesting is that Figueroa has a long reach, 72”, for a super bantamweight. A southpaw, Figueroa can stand back and use his jab. He’s got excellent torque, primarily because he’s so tall for the division, which allows him to land thundering, looping, punches.
Simply put? Figueroa can land while his opponents often can’t. Chacon is a 38-year-old pro who will have a tough time staying on his feet past Round 4. Take a shot on the total rounds or look for a prop where Figueroa knocks out Chacon early on in this fight.
Boxing Betting Pick: Brandon Figueroa