WBC and IFB World Lightweight titleholder Artur Beterbiev takes on Adam Deines in his native Russia on Saturday afternoon. Then on Saturday night, Maurice Hooker battles undefeated welterweight Vergil Ortiz Jr. We provide analysis, Boxing odds, and free moneyline picks and the top prop pick for the Beterbiev and Ortiz fights as well as three other great March 20 boxing matches.
Boxing Lines: Beterbiev and Vergil Ortiz Jr. in Action on Saturday
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- When: Saturday, March 20
Saturday, March 20th Bouts
- Krzysztof Glowacki +300 / Lawrence Okolie -380
Twenty-eight year old British fighter Lawrence Okolie is a big favorite to beat 31-2 Krzysztof Glowacki. Although Glowacki lost his last fight, it was versus cruiserweight champion Mairis Briedis. Glowacki got caught with a devastating punch in Round 3 that ended his night. Okolie has a great 15-0 record with 12 knockouts. Glowacki should pose a challenge early, but he’ll have trouble goading Lawrence into a close brawl. Briedis got some power shots through Glowacki’s guard. Okolie uses his length better than Briedis does.
Boxing Pick: Lawrence Okolie
Best Glowacki Vs Okolie Prop Bet
Okolie grabbing a TKO or KO victory in Round 4 through 6 is a more than probable outcome. The odds are +1200 for Rounds 4 and 5 and +1100 for the sixth.
Boxing Prop Pick: Okolie wins in Round 4, Round 5 or Round 6
- Chris Billam-Smith -1600 / Vasil Ducar +700
Billam-Smith is a fighter with heavy hands. Smith has a 12-1 record with 11 KO or TKO wins. Vasil Ducar is 9-3-1 with 8 knockout or technical knockout victories. Ducar used to fight Muay Thai. Although boxing and Muay Thai are combat sports, the stances are very different, which explains why Ducar has lost 3-of-4. Billam-Smith throws punches with his elbows flared out. If he fought a well-trained North American, Mexico or U.S. based boxer, he’d have some trouble. But Ducar probably won’t take advantage of Billam-Smith’s technical flaw..
Boxing Pick: Chris Billam-Smith
Best Billam-Smith Vs Ducar Prop Bet
Billam-Smith offers much better odds than -1600 to win this fight via KO, TKO, or DQ. Vaclav Pejsar knocked out Ducar in the third-round. The -165 on Billam-Smith to KO, TKO, or win via DQ constitutes overlay odds.
Boxing Prop Pick: Billam-Smith by KO, TKO, or DQ
- Adam Deines +900 / Artur Beterbiev -3000
Beterbiev is one of the most skilled boxers on the planet, it doesn’t matter weight class. He does small things, like pushing down on his opponent’s head, that always puts him in a position for the win. Versus Oleksander Gvozdyk in his last fight, Beterbiev remained patient until the tenth round. That’s when Beterbiev poured it on and knocked Gvozdyk down three times. Deines is a good boxer but the champ should toy with the challenger.
Boxing Pick: Artur Beterbiev
Best Deines Vs Beterbiev Prop Bet
If MyBookie offers round betting odds, backing Beterbiev to end Deines’ night before the fourth round makes sense. Deines fights with his hands down, which will be a disaster against the best light heavyweight in the world. Artur Beterbiev will make quick work of Deines.
Boxing Prop Pick: Beterbiev ends the fight in Round 2 or Round 3
- Anthony Fowler -1400 / Jorge Fortea +650
The difference in this fight should be power. Fortea doesn’t have any while Fowler has a lot. Just seven of Jorge’s 12 wins have come via knockout or technical knockout. Fowler has won 10-of-14 via knockout or technical knockout.
Boxing Pick: Anthony Fowler
Best Fowler Vs Fortea Prop Bet
Fowler should easily win the fight. The odds on Fowler to beat Fortea by decision or technical decision is -190. The odds on Fowler to win by knockout, technical knockout, or disqualification are +160. That’s the prop bet to make.
Boxing Prop Pick: Fowler by KO, TKO, or DQ
- Maurice Hooker +500 / Vergil Ortiz Jr. -1000
Maurice Hooker still has some skills. He creates excellent distance. But Vergil Ortiz Jr. is 16-0 with 16 knockouts for a reason. Hooker must continually run in this fight. That won’t be possible because Vergil is excellent at cutting off the ring. Ortiz Jr. should win his seventeenth straight via knockout or technical knockout.
Boxing Pick: Vergil Ortiz Jr. -1000
Best Hooker Vs Ortiz Jr. Prop Bet
Ortiz Jr. is -330 to win this bout by KO, TKO, or DQ. So the best bet is to pick a few rounds and then either play them all, play two of them, or guess the round. When will Vergil Ortiz Jr. flatten Hooker? The fourth through sixth rounds look best. It takes one-shot, which means once Hooker lets his guard down, Ortiz Jr. pounces. Maurice should hang on until the middle rounds.
Boxing Prop Pick: Ortiz Jr. end the fight in Round 4, Round 5, or Round 6
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