Knockout king Edgar Berlanga battles Demond Nicholson and Emanuel Navarrete takes on Cristopher Diaz in this weekend’s top boxing matches. Check out analysis, Boxing odds, and free picks for those two fights as well as five other matches taking place on Friday and Saturday.
Top Boxing Events To Watch & Bet On the Weekend
- When: Friday, April 23 – Saturday, April 24
Friday, April 23rd Fights
- Jez Smith +350 / Kermen Lejarraga -500
With a 12-2-1 record, it looks like underdog Jez Smith should have a shot versus Kermen Lejarraga. But Smith doesn’t have much power, having won just 5 of his 12 bouts via KO or TKO. Lejarraga is 31-2. Lejarraga does have power, with 24 knockouts from his 31 wins. This also takes place on Lejarraga’s home turf in Barcelona. The chalk looks tough.
Boxing Pick: Kermen Lejarraga
- Andoni Gago +260 / Gavin McDonnell -320
At 24-3-3 with 7 knockout wins, Gago should give favorite Gavin McDonnell all he can handle. McDonnell has a similar record with 21 wins, 2 losses, and 2 draws. Gago has fought twice this year but this will be McDonnell’s first fight since 2019. That gives the underdog an edge.
Boxing Pick: Andoni Gago
- Kay Prospere +600 / Sandor Martin -1200
Half of Kay Prospere’s 14 wins have come via KO or TKO. Prospere goes up against a tough boxer, though. Sandor Martin is 37-2 with 13 wins via KO or TKO. He should win this fight. But Martin has fought almost exclusively in Spain. It’s hard to know how many quality opponents Martin has faced. Prospere could pull off the upset.
Boxing Pick: Kay Prospere
Saturday, April 24th Fights
- Callum Johnson -2500 / Emil Markic +950
After a 2018 loss to Artur Beterbiev, Callum Johnson got back on track with a 2019 knockout victory over Sean Monaghan. But Johnson hasn’t fought since 2019. On Saturday, he takes on Emil Markic. Markic is 32-2 with 24 knockouts. Most don’t believe he’s on Johnson’s level. Maybe he isn’t but the odds on the chalk make Johnson an underlay.
Boxing Pick: Emil Markic
- Denzel Bentley +155 / Felix Cash -190
Bentley is one of the UK’s better boxers. He’s suffered a single loss in 15 fights and has knocked out 12 of his opponents. He battles 13-0 Felix Cash in this. Cash beat Jason Wellborn in his last. Cash is a good fighter, but Bentley has speed and power. The favorite may suffer his first loss on Saturday.
Boxing Pick: Denzel Bentley
- Demond Nicholson +1050 / Edgar Berlanga -3500
Berlanga is 16-0 with 16 knockout victories. Every knockout has happened in the first round. Nicholson won’t win this fight, but he could last one, maybe two, maybe even three rounds versus Berlanga. Look for round odds on MyBookie. Choose a couple after the first round. You should see decent odds. The third and fourth rounds figure to offer excellent odds.
Boxing Pick: Berlanga to win Round 3 or Round 4
- Cristopher Diaz +550 / Emanuel Navarrete -950
The champ, Navarrete, brings a 32-1 with 27 knockout record into this bout. Navarrete has a 72” reach and should have no trouble keeping the 64” reach Diaz at the end of his jab. Unless Diaz does something to close the distance, Emanuel should easily win. The best bet isn’t on the chalk to win, though. Look to bet this one to go the distance. Diaz has lost twice and both times were by unanimous decision.
Boxing Pick: Navarrete via decision