This Saturday, one of the most anticipated boxing rematches of the year takes place. Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder battle in Las Vegas. After their draw in 2018, many wondered if Fury-Wilder might ever battle again. Saturday is the day. But Fury-Wilder II isn’t the only action this weekend. The undercard in Vegas is dynamite. Also, a few great fights happen in London earlier on Feb. 22. Check out analysis and free picks for this week’s top boxing betting matchups!
Top Boxing Betting Picks for the Week – February 17th Edition
Saturday, Feb. 22
- Where: London, UK
- Live Stream: ESPN+
Super Middleweights – 8 Rounds
- Kody Davies / Umar Sadiq
9-1 Umar Sadiq faces a tough matchup against Kody Davies. The 25-year-old is 10-0. He’s also 6’ 1” with a 74” reach. Also, Davies fought back after getting into trouble against Zak Chelli. But, Umar Sadiq has length with his jab. He can keep Davies away from him. If Davies pushes, Sadiq will step to the side and land a quick one-two. Back Umar.
Boxing Betting Pick: Umar Sadiq
British & Commonwealth Jr. Featherweight Titles – 12 Rounds
- Brad Foster / Lucien Reid
Reid and Foster fought a draw in the first match. It’s hard to know who takes the rematch. Both are very good boxers. However, Lucien’s hands appeared faster in the first boxing match. He seemed to come on late, which is why he gets the nod over the champ.
Boxing Betting Pick: Lucien Reid
Junior Middleweights – 10 Rounds
- Sebastian Fundora / Daniel Lewis
At 6’ 5 ½”, Sebastian Fundora towers over 5’ 10” Daniel Lewis. Fundora faces a tough guy in Lewis, though. Lewis’ motor never stops. Sebastian has a huge advantage from a height standpoint. But based on his past fights, Fundora doesn’t use his height as well as he should. If Lewis concentrates on the body, he can cut down Sebastian on Saturday night.
Boxing Betting Pick: Daniel Lewis
WBO Junior Featherweight Title – 12 Rounds
- Emanuel Navarette / Jeo Santisima
Jeo Santisima is a heck of a fighter. He hasn’t lost since 2014. Champion Emanuel Navarette hasn’t lost since 2012. Navarette has beaten the top fighters in his weight class including Isaac Dogboe twice. Navarette won’t lose his cool no matter what Jeo tries early on in the fight. Expect Emanuel to figure Santisima out after the second or third round. Then, the champ will take charge.
Boxing Betting Pick: Emanuel Navarette
IBF Heavyweight Eliminator – 12 Rounds
- Charles Martin / Gerald Washington
This sets up for a Charles Martin win. Although Martin isn’t that much better of a boxer than Gerald Washington, Charles’ opponent is on the downturn of his career. Gerald has lost 3-of-5. Martin has won 2 straight. He’s also much younger than Washington, 33 to 37. Back the younger man in a boxing match between two plodding heavyweights.
Boxing Betting Pick: Charles Martin
WBC Heavyweight Title – 12 Rounds
- Tyson Fury -105 / Deontay Wilder -125
Deontay Wilder must do two things to beat Tyson Fury. First, he must use his jab much more than he did in the first fight. Second, he must move better than he did in the first fight. For a heavyweight Fury moves like a gazelle. If Wilder doesn’t match Fury’s movement, Tyson figures to put Deontay into bad position after bad position.
Let’s not kid ourselves. If Deontay hadn’t knocked Fury down late in the first fight, Tyson would have won. Deontay can’t hope that a haymaker drops Fury in the second fight. Tyson will be looking for it. Wilder did display a better use of his jab in the second bout against Ortiz. But he still moved like a robot.
That should prove to be his downfall. Fury’s head movement is second to none. Also, he counters off his head movement, which means when Deontay overreaches for Tyson, Fury will counter. Tyson takes the rematch via a unanimous decision.
Boxing Betting Pick: Tyson Fury