BIG BOXING WEEKEND ODDS AND PREDICTIONS
SHOWTIME MAIN EVENT CARD FEATURES BROOKLYNITES PAST THEIR PEAK!Las, Vegas, NV- Zab Judah(42-0, 28 KOs) vs. Paulie Malignaggi (32-5, 7 KOs).Odds: Judah 9-5 favorite. I slightly lean towards Judah even though at 36 he is three years older. Judah does however possesses better speed and more power. Gave a good account of himself against 140 lb, champ Danny Garcia earlier this year. Judah has a suspect chin, but Paulie can’t punch. Zab is the safe bet on points. $50 dollars to win $90.
STRONG & PACKED UNDERCARD FEATURES HARD LUCK CUBAN
Erislandy Lara (18-1-2, 12 KOs) vs Austin Trout (26-1, 14 KOs). Odds: Even. Toss-up on paper. Slight edge goes to Lara. Both guys were dropped in their last bouts for the first time in their careers. Trout can’t punch, and Lara has more pop and sits down on his punches a bit. Both can box, but got to go with the Cuban Lara who has the better amateur pedigree. Wouldn’t bet money on it though.
ALEXANDER FACES QUESTION MARK IN PORTER
Devon Alexander(25-1, 14 KOS) vs Shawn Porter (22-0, 14 KOs). Odds:Alexander 3-1. Porter a live underdog here. Not sure which guy will show up. Not all that impressed by either guy, but Porter has some ability. Too many intangibles here. Pass on the bet. I expect Alexander to win a decision.If you can find odds, $20 clams on Porter to win $60 seems a fair risk.
RIGONDEUAX HEADLINES HBO BROADCAST FROM ATLANTIC CITY?
Guillermo Rigondeaux (12-0, 8 KOs) vs. Joseph Agbeko (29-4, 22 KOs).Odds:Rigondeaux 4-1. Agbeko is a tough customer, but only fought once in 2013, and not at all in 2012. At 33, is probably a big loser here to the ultra talented Cuban. Never been stopped, so Rigo wins by decision unless he can be successful stopping the Ghanian with a body shot within the distance.
James Kirkland (31-1, 27 KOs) VS. Glen Tapia (20-0, 12 KOs)
Odds: Even. Tapia is a decent fighter, but has never fought anywhere near this level. Kirkland has had too many out of ring issues to make him a favorite, but the Houston native has re-united with trainer Ann Wolfe. If Tapia was a bigger puncher I’d go with younger fresher fighter who has been more active. Kirkland has a suspect chin, and it’s hard to pick a fighter with 19 months inactivity. Going out on a limb and picking Tapia to pull of the mild upset, even though in my mind it’s an even fight. Tapia is the unknown quantity here but should be more focussed coming in.