On Saturday, three terrific championship bouts happen. Over in London, Alycia Baumgardner takes on Mikaela Mayer and Claressa Shields goes against Savannah Marshall. Then later on in Melbourne, Australia, Devin Haney and George Kambosos Jr. throw down in a rematch. Also on Saturday, Deontay Wilder returns to the ring versus Robert Helenius Jr. Check out Boxing Lines, analysis, and free picks for five fantastic boxing matches happening on Saturday, Oct. 13.
Devin Haney and George Kambosos Jr. Run It Back | Boxing Lines
- When: Saturday, Oct. 13
Mikaela Mayer -280 vs Alycia Baumgardner +230
- WBO/WBC/IBF Junior Lightweight Women’s Titles
- London, England – ESPN+
Underdog Alycia Baumgardner is 12-1 with 7 knockout victories. Baumgardner’s only loss happened in 2018 versus Christina Linardatou.
Since then, Baumgardner has won 5 straight. 1 of the victories includes beating then 11-0-1 Terri Harper in 2021. Baumgardner will put up a fight for sure.
But the underdog won’t beat chalk Mikaela Mayer. The -280 choice is 17-0 with 5 knockout wins. Mayer has terrific boxing skills and is 3 inches taller than Baumgardner. The champ keeps the challenger at the end of her job on her way to a decision victory.
Boxing Pick: Mikaela Mayer
Claressa Shields -131 vs Savannah Marshall -105
- WBC/IBV/WBA Middleweight Women’s Titles
Claressa “T-Rex” Shields is a superb boxer, which is the reasons she’s 12-0. Shields also has a terrific 64-1 amateur record.
The only amateur loss happened versus her Saturday opponent, Savannah Marshall. Like Shields, Marshall is 12-0.
The difference between the two fighters is that Marshall has knocked out 10 of her opponents while Shields has just 2 knockout wins. Claressa can take this fight, but Savannah has an edge. Her power will slow Shields down enough for either a late round stoppage or a scorecards victory.
Boxing Pick: Savannah Marshall
Gary Antonio Russell -227 vs Emmanuel Rodriguez +159
- Brooklyn, NY – PBC on Fox PPV
There’s every reason to believe Gary Antonio Russell wins this bout. Russell is 19-0 and has won 12 of his bouts via knockout or technical knockout.
Rodriguez also has a great record. Emmanuel has lost twice and won 20. Rodriguez’s 2 losses came against then 20-0 Raymart Gaballo in 2020 and Nayoa Inoue in 2019. Inoue is one of the top pound for pound fighters on the planet.
These two recently fought last August in a bout that ended via first round referee stoppage due to a head butt. Russell has a good shot of winning this but the odds on Rodriguez make him an overlay.
Boxing Pick: Emmanuel Rodriguez
Deontay Wilder -909 vs Robert Helenius +457
Robert Helenius is a good heavyweight. His 2 victories over Adam Kownacki proves he’s got skills.
The problem for Helenius is he faces Deontay Wilder on Saturday. Wilder has a fantastic chin. Also, although Deontay lost his last 2 fights, they were against one of the greatest heavyweights in history, Tyson Fury.
Wilder should have no trouble ending Helenius’ night early. So if you don’t want to back Deontay at the odds, look for a knockout round prop or bet under the total.
Boxing Pick: Deontay Wilder
Devin Haney -1000 vs George Kambosos Jr. +476
- Melbourne, Australia – ESPN / ESPN+
Kambosos is one of the toughest boxers in any weight class. The problem for George in this bout, the same problem he had in the first fight, is he doesn’t have the pugilist skills to hang with Devin Haney.
Haney uses his jab to keep his opponents away from him and then delivers pinpoint power punches. Kambosos will throw and miss while Haney will throw and connect.
Devin should win no problem but accepting -1000 is asking a lot. So like with the Wilder fight, look for a prop that has a better payout.
Boxing Pick: Devin Haney