- Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz will meet at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday 28 January for their WBA world featherweight rematch. Frampton beat his Mexican opponent in July this year to take the title and become the first Northern Irish fighter to secure world titles in two weight divisions. Frampton has now notched up 23 wins from 23 professional fights, whilst Santa Cruz has won 32 from 34, and we expect the Northern Irishman to emerge successful once again.
- The O2 Arena in London will host the fight between David Haye and Tony Bellew on Saturday 4 March, and there has been plenty of bad blood between these two boxers in the past few months. Not only have they insulted each other during media interviews, it also appeared that Haye tried to throw a punch at Bellew in a recent press conference, and that mutual animosity (or showmanship, depending on your perspective) should make for an entertaining fight between the two. Haye has won 28 of 30 fights, whilst Bellew has won 28 from 31, but the latter-named will be fighting in the heavyweight division for the first time.
- Anthony Joshua will take on Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 29 April, and the winner will pick up both the IBF and WBA titles. British fighter Joshua has had a massively impressive 2016, beating Charles Martin in April to become the IBF heavyweight champion and then successfully defending that title twice since, beating both Dominic Breazeale and Eric Molina. Joshua has now won 18 fights from 18, whilst his Ukrainian opponent Wladimir Klitschko has won 64 from 68.
All of the fights highlighted here are well worth looking forward to, and we wouldn’t be surprised to see victory go to the bookmaker’s favourites in each case. David Haye isn’t an attractive betting proposition as an outright winner due to the paltry odds that are available about him, so our focus for betting purposes is on the fights involving Carl Frampton and Anthony Joshua.
Joshua’s fight is perhaps the most exciting of the bunch, and whilst some are wondering if he isn’t trying to do too much too soon by taking on the vastly more experienced Klitschko, we would expect the Brit to justify his short price one way or another. That said, we won’t bet on him at this stage, but will wait a few weeks and take a closer look at the match when the time draws closer.
For us, the best boxer for us to invest in right now is Carl Frampton, who is still unbeaten and demonstrated that he has exactly what it takes to beat Leo Santa Cruz when winning by majority decision in July. We will therefore side with him to put in a repeat performance and emerge with a similar result at the end of January.
- Sports.net’s top tip: Carl Frampton to beat Leo Santa Cruz – 8/11
*Please note that odds may fluctuate in the run-up to the fight.