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Boxing Odds: Spring 2018's Biggest Matches To Look Out For

Boxing Odds: Spring 2018's Biggest Matches To Look Out For

Biggest Boxing Fights This Spring

Boxing fans will have to wait until the fall before Canelo and Golovkin square off for their hotly-anticipated rematch. Meanwhile, the Kazakh is paired with little known Vanes Martirosyan, who is a massive underdog at +1400. Golovkin is expected to run through this chap at -5000 and it's another squash match in the books. No value and little entertainment here.

Thankfully, there is a slew of other boxing fights in the works for the Spring. David Haye and Tony Bellew won't be denied their own highly-touted rematch in what should now be the most-scrutinized fight of the May 5 weekend. And after that, the number-one pound-for-pound boxer Vasyl Lomachenko returns to take on Venezuelan Jorge Linares in what will be an action-packed technical showdown.

Carl Frampton vs Nonito Donaire

Result: Carl Frampton def. Nonito Donaire via Unanimous Decision

The WBO interim featherweight title is at stake when the Irishman, Frampton takes on the "Filipino Flash" Donaire Jr. Frampton comes in as a significant favourite (-628) while the comeback on Donaire is +401.

Frampton is the natural featherweight and was named Fighter of the Year in 2016 when he became the first fighter from Northern Ireland to win world titles in two weight classes when he won the WBA (super) bantamweight and featherweight titles in scintillating fashion. Nicknamed "The Jackal", Frampton is a heavy hitter despite all his decision victories. 

Donaire is a four-weight world champion but started as light as flyweight. Two of his four losses came against featherweights and this is why he's the decided underdog. Donaire is also getting up there in age at 35. He isn't as spry as he used to be and going against the heavy-handed Frampton is trouble. 

While Donaire is longer and more experienced, Frampton is more durable, stronger, and younger. The Irishman will get it done by late T/KO or a sound decision.

Adrien Broner vs Jessie Vargas

Broner vs Vargas

Result: Majority Draw 

Once upon a time, both Broner and Vargas were up-and-coming boxers primed to be future stars. Broner was a world champion in four weight classes while Vargas held titles in two weight classes. Fast forward to today and both are fighting each other to reestablish themselves as contenders.

Broner has lost a step since he was pulverized by Marcos Maidana. He is coming off a one-sided decision loss to Mikey Garcia but was humble in defeat. Vargas bounced back from a loss to Manny Pacquiao by beating Aaron Herrera in a 10-round bout. 

As the pick'em odds indicate, this will be a tightly contested match but the edge goes to Broner who is the naturally heavier fighter. Vargas may have a slight speed advantage but Broner is more gifted physically. If Broner can come to this fight without any distractions, this is his fight to lose.

Tony Bellew vs David Haye II

Result: Bellew def. Haye by T/KO

The long-delayed rematch between Bellew and Haye is finally close to fruition and with the GGG-Canel rematch scrapped, all eyes will be firmly on the heavyweights.

It was exactly one year ago when little-known Bellew shocked the boxing world with TKO victory over Haye. Of course, Haye injured his ankle in the middle of the bout and could barely move but he made no excuses as Bellew also claimed he hurt his hand early in the fight.

Despite the upset victory, Bellew comes into the fight as an underdog (+170) yet again while Haye is -221 to even the score. On paper, Haye is still the superior boxer. He is faster and has fought better competition. Bellew will be significantly bigger with a longer reach and a bit more punching power, however.

A fully healthy Haye will have the skill advantage but having tasted Bellew's power will humble him and make him trigger-shy. A hesitant Haye will have trouble asserting himself. This fight will be close and money should be on the dog.

Vasyl Lomachenko vs Jorge Linares

Lomachenko vs Linares

When: May 12

Linares as a +454 underdog is a testament to how good Lomachenko is. The Venezuelan is a four-time world champion in three different weight classes and hasn't lost in six years. He has the speed, skill, and mettle of a world champion but the knock on him is his level of competition. Lomachenko will be a huge step up.  

The Ukrainian playfully dubbed himself "NoMaschenko" after he made Guillermo Rigondeaux quit on the stool, his fourth-straight victory by retirement. No words can describe the level Lomachenko is in. Also known as "The Matrix", this is an ode to his footwork and elusiveness as he is incredibly difficult to hit let alone out-point.

While Linares is a worthy adversary who will challenge Lomachenko, he will be just another victim for the pound-for-pound top boxer today. Provided Lomachenko doesn't get too cocky and get caught, he should put on another clinic.

Vasyl Lomachenko (-753)

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