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Five Must See Boxing Fights in December 2017

Five Must See Boxing Fights in December 2017

Top Five Boxing Fights This December

A super featherweight clash between the two greatest amateur boxers. The return of a heavyweight contender. A middleweight brawl in Montreal. These are just some of the biggest boxing matches waiting for this month. While none of the fighters have household names, they are up-and-comers and fringe stars who are just a big win away from headlining a bigger bout in 2018.  

But let's take a moment to bid one of boxing's modern greats, Miguel Cotto, a happy retirement. The Puerto Rican will best be remembered for his legendary tilts against Floyd Mayweather Jr., Manny Pacquiao, and Canelo Alvarez. Cotto called it a career following a unanimous decision loss against the resurgent Sadam Ali, who pulled off one of the year's biggest upset as a +1000 underdog.

The Cotto-Ali fight was a passing of the torch and Ali announced to the boxing world he was still a star-in-the making. The rest of the month could produce even more stars as we take a look.

Vasyl Lomachenko vs Guillermo Rigondeaux

Loma vs Rigo

December 9 (ESPN)

  • Lomachenko: -417
  • Rigondeaux: +297

This is a boxing purist's wet dream. Lomachenko (9-1) has taken the boxing world by storm. Since 2015, the Ukrainian has knocked out every guy that dared set foot in the ring with him. The two-time Olympic Gold Medalist is lauded for his hand speed, timing, and movement. With the retirement of Floyd Mayweather Jr., Loma is the closest thing to perfect. 

Rigondeaux (17-0-1) likewise is a two-time Olympic Gold Medalist and one of the premier featherweights. The Cuban is 37-years-old but fights a lot younger thanks to his deceptive speed, power, and elusiveness. Loma and Rigo are meeting at the peak of their careers and this could be the first of many classic bouts between these two.

Jeff Horn vs Gary Corcoran

Horn vs Hellraiser

December 13 (HBO)

  • Jeff Horn: -714
  • Gary Corcoran: +447

In the year of the underdog, Horn (18-0-1) was among the bigger ones when he took out the living legend Manny Pacquiao in front of 52,000 of his hometown fans.

Horn took a lot of damage during the fight but won over the judges with his aggressive never-say-die approach. He'll be taking on Corcoran aka "Hellraiser" (17-1) who is the right fight for the new champion to build confidence off of.

Hellraiser's only defeat came against Liam Williams but he hasn't beaten any noteworthy competitors. This is a solid match-up for Horn who should control this fight for the most part en route to a decision. Corcoran is tough but not too dangerous. The Aussie crowd will eat this up as will Horn backers.

Alexander Povetkin vs Christian Hammer

Alexander Povetkin

December 15

  • Alexander Povetkin: -3333
  • Christian Hammer: +900

Don't call it a comeback because Povetkin (32-1) never really left. Despite getting into hot water with failed tests, Russia's finest heavyweight continued to compete for most of 2017 and is now officially cleared by the World Boxing Council (WBC). He'll be picking up where he left off and should squash Hammer (26-4).

Povetkin muddles the heavyweight title picture and he could butt in to fight Joshua next, provided Hammer doesn't shock the boxing world. The Romanian journeyman has no notable victories and Povetkin's only loss is a hard-fought decision against former kingpin Wladimir Klitschko. This should be over before halfway.

Billy Joe Saunders vs David Lemieux

Saunders vs Lemieux

December 16 (ESPN)

  • Billy Joe Saunders: -102
  • David Lemieux: -122

Brace yourselves, Montreal! We have a barnburner headed to the Bell Centre courtesy of unbeaten middleweight champ Saunders (25-0) and the streaking Lemieux (38-3). While this isn't the megafight Saunders was expecting thanks to Canelo-Golovkin ending in a draw, he'll have the biggest fight of his career when he takes on the savvy Canadian vet.

Lemieux has more career knockouts (33) than Saunders has pro bouts but the young and cocky Englishman has been taking out contenders left-and-right at a relatively easy pace. Lemieux presents his stiffest test especially fighting him in his own backyard. This will be a back-and-forth classic worthy of a spotlight.

Tony Bellew vs David Haye 2*

Bellew vs Haye Rematch

December 17 (Sky Sports)

  • David Haye: -303
  • Tony Bellew: +227

This rematch may have to wait until 2018 thanks to a bicep injury sustained by Haye (31-3) although Bellew (32-2-1) might still get a late-notice opponent to continue fighting. When the two met nine months earlier, Bellew TKO'd Haye in the 11th round shocking the boxing world in one of 2017's most underrated upsets.

Bellew was a +500 underdog against Haye's -700 favourite though to Haye's credit, he had an Achilles injury. When the two meet again, Haye will be expected to take care of business although Bellew also alleged he had a broken hand through most of the fight. Either way, this is a must-see rematch whenever it happens.

Best Boxing Betting Sites December 2017

Almost all boxing matches are available for Canadians through online sportsbooks,which offer the best betting lines complete with generous signup bonuses. 2018 was a sizzling year for boxing and December promises to close it out with a bang. There are plenty of matchups for even the most hardcore boxing enthusiast. 

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