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
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
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: -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
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*
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.
Category : UFC
UFC 240 odds are live from Edmonton, Alberta for the second straight year.
Honourary Canadian Max "Blessed" Holloway looks to make it three featherweight title defenses as he takes on former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar.
Bringing in the co-main event is former pound-for-pound queen, Cris "Cyborg" as she looks to rebound against the surging Canadian Felicia Spencer.
Plenty more Canadian content around as we preview the UFC 240 betting odds.
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Their first fight was an instant classic: former light heavyweight champion Jon "Bones" Jones
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for the vacant title. UFC 232 will be the promotion's last event of 2018 and what a way to end everything! This fight will be a pleasure to watch and one of the best MMA odds
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