Although there are no world championship bouts on Saturday, there is enough action for boxing fans to enjoy, including a terrific fight between a pair of undefeated fighters Frank Martin and Michell Rivera. Martin versus Rivera is the main event on Showtime’s Dec. 17 card. Check out Boxing Lines, analysis, and free picks for Martin versus Rivera as well as four other terrific boxing matches happening on Saturday.
Martin vs Michel River Highlights Saturday Action | Boxing Odds to Bet On the Weekend
Rocky Fielding +350 vs Dan Azeez -588
Undefeated 17-0 Dan Azeez puts his British Light Heavyweight title on the line versus popular Rocky Fielding. Rocky has just 2 losses in his career. The last loss came 3 fights ago versus Canelo Alvarez.
Since losing to Alvarez, Fielding has fought great. But it’s a huge step up on Saturday versus Azeez. The chalk in this has knocked out 11 of his 17 opponents. Not only that, but if he must, Azeez can outbox Fielding. Rocky has a worse chance than the +350 odds imply.
Boxing Pick: Dan Azeez
Roberto Arriaza +769 vs Michael Mckinson -2500
Arriaza is 19-4 with 14 knockout victories. One of the reasons he’s such a massive underdog in this is because 3 of his losses have come via KO or TKO. Not only has Arriaza lost 3 bouts via stoppage, but he lost his last bout via TKO to Vitaly Petryakov.
Michael Mckinson is 22-1. Mckinson didn’t have much chance of beating Vergil Ortiz Jr. in his last bout. The fact he fought Ortiz means he should outclass Arriaza.
McKinson has 2 knockout wins to his credit. There’s a good chance he gets his third on Saturday. So look for a KO prop before backing the favorite at the odds.
Boxing Pick: Michael Mckinson
Joel Jair Julio +471 vs Lee Cutler -909
11-1 British boxer Lee Cutler also has some power. Cutler has stopped 7 of his opponents. Lee’s only loss happened via TKO to then 9-0 Bradley Rea in 2021.
Joel Jair Julio is 39-13. The good news if you want to back Julio is that he’s won 33 of his bouts via knockout or technical knockout. The bad news is that Joel is on a 9-match losing streak. Before backing Cutler, consider betting the over under.
Boxing Pick: Lee Cutler
Tulani Mbenge +240 vs Souleymane Diop Cissokho -370
- Nantes, France – ESPN+
Cissokho has fought the much better opponents, which is one of he reasons he’s the -370 chalk to beat Tulani Mbenge in this.
Not only has Souleymane fought the better opponents, but this happens in his backyard. Also, the favorite has a terrific 15-0 undefeated record and has won 9 of his bouts via TKO or KO.
But although Cissokho looks tough to beat, the challenger is no joke. Tulani Mbenge is 19-1. He’s knocked out 15 of his opponents including winning his last 3 bouts via KO or TKO. Cissokho should win but the odds on the dog are too good to ignore.
Boxing Pick: Tulani Mbenge
Frank Martin -263 vs Michel Rivera +183
- Nantes, France – ESPN+
Martin has a great 16-0 record. Rivera’s record is 24-0. Most believe Frank wins this because he’s got an edge inside and makes less problematic mistakes than Rivera.
But Michel has the reach. Not only that, Rivera always adds pounds after the weigh-in.
If Rivera doesn’t commit the boxing sins of moving forward with his back foot first or o shortening his jab, he could keep Frank from getting inside and throwing his strong power shots. At the odds, the underdog is more than playable.
Boxing Pick: Michel Rivera