Two of the best fighters in any weight class throw down this weekend in a couple of championship bouts. Over in Leeds, England, featherweight Josh Warrington defends his title against Sofiane Takoucht on Saturday, Oct. 12. Then, later that night, light heavyweight beast Dmitry Bivol goes against Lenin Castillo. Check out analysis and free boxing betting picks for Warrington-Takoucht, Bivol-Castillo, and four other great boxing matches this Saturday!
Top Boxing Betting Picks for the Week – October 6th Edition
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Saturday, October 12th
- Where: Leeds, England / Chicago, IL
- TV: ESPN+ / DAZN
Lyndon Arthur vs Emmanuel Anim
Undefeated Lyndon Arthur takes on Emmanuel Amin for the Commonwealth Light Heavyweight Title. Arthur is undefeated at 15-0 with 12 knockouts. Anim is 14-2-1 with 12 knockouts. The 33-year-old Anim has fought primarily in his native Ghana. He’s in bad form with 2 losses, a draw, and a win versus 12-44 Kwesi Tutu in his last. Arthur should have no trouble ending this fight early.
Boxing Betting Pick: Lyndon Arthur
Zelfa Barrett vs Jordan McCoury
Super featherweight Zelfa Barrett brings a gaudy 22-1 record into his battle with Jordan McCoury on Saturday. Barrett has mowed through most of his competition, including beating Leon Woodstock Jr. via unanimous decision in his last.
McCoury, 18-6-1, is 1-3 in his last 4 fights. McCoury will give it his all, but he’s just not in good enough form to beat one of the top young fighters in the UK. Zelfa adds another notch to his win column with a unanimous decision victory.
Boxing Betting Pick: Zelfa Barrett
Josh Warrington vs Sofiane Takoucht
Josh “The Leeds Warrior” Warrington is back in action this Saturday in the ESPN+ card main event. Warrington has fought like one of the top boxers in the world in his last three. He beat then undefeated Kid Galahad via split decision in his last. Before that, he took down Carl Frampton via unanimous decision. Facing Lee Selby in the fight before the Frampton bout, Josh fought well enough for a split decision.
Sofiane Takoucht is 35-3-1. Although the record is nice, Takoucht has fought almost exclusively in France. He has no shot of beating a well-trained UK boxer like Warrington.
Boxing Betting Pick: Josh Warrington
Anthony Sims vs Morgan Fitch
36-year-old Morgan Fitch has a 19-3-1 record. Fitch is in bad form, having gone 1-3 in his last 4 bouts. Anthony Sims is undefeated at 19-0. He’s also 24-years-old and wants to use this bout as a further stepping stone to a possible title fight. Sims dominates.
Boxing Betting Pick: Anthony Sims
Dmitry Bivol vs Lenin Castillo
The great Dmitry Bivol is 16-0 with 11 knockouts. He takes on a very good fighter in Lenin Castillo on Oct. 12. Castillo has an excellent 20-2-1 record. Castillo’s reach, 76-iunches, could test Bivol some in this bout.
However, Bivol has a great style. He can punch with power. He also uses his excellent boxing knowledge to hang outside, pepper his opponent with jabs, and then move to the side and counter. Bivol should win. He might not knockout Castillo, but he’ll win.
Boxing Betting Pick: Dmitry Bivol
Oleksander Usyk vs Tyrone Spong
The main event on the DAZN Chicago card on Saturday has Oleksander Usyk taking on Tyrone Spong. The 32-year-old Ukranian Usyk is a major favorite to dominate Spong. Spong is 14-0 with 13 knockouts. Although no doubt he’ll have trained up to this fight, and warrants a punchers chance, Usyk is too well-rounded to lose.
Instead of taking the short odds on Usyk, look for a good prop bet later on in this fight. Spong figures to not last more than 6, maybe, 7 rounds on Saturday night. Think about the over/under round total as well as maybe placing a wager on when Usyk sends Spong to the canvas for a 10-count.
Boxing Betting Pick: Oleksander Usyk