On Saturday night, one of the best pound for pound boxers on the planet, the great Errol Spence, takes on Yordenis Ugas. The match happens in Arlington, Texas. Showtime PPV will broadcast the Spence versus Ugas card. Check out Boxing Lines, analysis, and picks for Spence versus Ugas and four other terrific Saturday bouts.
Spence vs Ugas Top Saturday Fights | Boxing Lines & Picks
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- When: Saturday, April 16
Chris Van Heerden +800 vs Connor Benn -1600
- Manchester, England – DAZN at 2:00 pm ET
Van Heerden has an excellent 28-2-1 record. The underdog fought in a no decision bout in his last. Before that, Heerden had won 5 straight.
Connor Benn is undefeated with a 25-0 record. The 25-year-old has won 13 via TKO or KO. Benn has showed more power in recent fights. He should have no trouble ending Heerden’s night before the final bell.
Boxing Pick: Connor Benn
Chris Billam-Smith -275 vs Tommy McCarthy +215
14-1 with 10 knockout victories, Chris Billam-Smith’s last loss happened back in 2019 via split-decision to Richard Riakporhe. On Saturday, Smith takes on a tough boxer in Tommy McCarthy.
The underdog in this has won 18 with just 3 losses. McCarthy is looking for revenge after Billam-Smith took a split-decision in the first bout. The odds on the underdog make him more than playable.
Boxing Pick: Tommy McCarthy
Codey Crowley -475 vs Josesito Lopez +350
- Arlington, Texas – Showtime PPV at 7:00 pm ET
Crowley is 20-0 with 9 knockout or technical knockout wins, which is the reason he’s the chalk to beat Lopez.
But Lopez is a solid boxer. Josesito has built a 38-8 record with 21 KO victories. The underdog’s last lost happened in 2019 to Keith Thurman. Lopez has won his last couple of bouts. At +350, the dog is worth a look.
Boxing Pick: Josesito Lopez
Eimantas Stanionis -125 vs Radzhab Butaev -105
Stanionis versus Butaev should be fantastic. Both are undefeated. Stanionis is 13-0. Butaev is 14-0.
It’s difficult to separate these two. But Butaev has knocked out more opponents, 11 to 9. The slight dog also has a 4-inch reach advantage, 68” to 72”. Butaev gets the nod in what should be one of Saturday’s most competitive matches.
Boxing Pick: Radzhab Butaev
Francisco Vargas +600 vs Jose Valenzuela -1200
Veteran Francisco Vargas takes a 27-3-2 record into his bout with favorite Jose Valenzuela. Vargas has knocked out 19 of his opponents.
Valenzuela is 11-0 with 7 knockout wins. The 22-year-old should have a tough time with the cagey veteran. But at the end, youth trumps experience. Vargas loses his third in his last five and his second straight.
Boxing Pick: Jose Valenzuela
Yordenis Ugas +415 vs Errol Spence Jr. -565
- 12-Rounds – Unified Welterweight Championship
Ugas steps into the ring for the first time since upsetting Manny Pacquiao via unanimous decision last August. The veteran has a decent 27-4 record.
Ugas has knocked out 12 of his opponents. But he hasn’t won a fight via KO or TKO since 2018 when he ended Jonathan Batista’s night early.
Spence Jr. is a huge step up for Ugas. Errol is 27-0 with 21 knockout wins. Most boxing fans and analysts consider him one of the top five boxers no matter the weight class currently on planet earth. The favorite wins this for sure.
Boxing Pick: Errol Spence Jr.