This summer is turning out to be a boxing fan’s dream. We have bouts with Mario Barrios (c) vs. Gervonta Davis and Vasiliy Lomachenko vs. Masayoshi Nakatani, both on June 26th. Then there are a few big fights in July, including Tyson Fury vs. Deontay Wilder III.
Then in August, we have a fistful of fights starting with Teofimo Lopez (c) vs. George Kambosos for the unified lightweight titles on Aug. 14th, taking place in Miami. Then we’ll see Pac-Man enter the ring once more, this time against the champ, Errol Spence Jr., who’s putting both WBC and IBF welterweight titles on the line.
Fury vs. Wilder III
After a draw and then a victory for Tyson Fury, these two two-meter-plus beasts will be back on the square ring once again. I don’t see the outcome being much different than the last time around, other than perhaps some adjustments on Deontay Wilder’s part to make the fight a bit more competitive.
The bottom line is, Tyson Fury has shaken off the rust and feels dandy. And by the looks of the betting odds at top New Jersey Sportsbooks, the bookmakers agree with me. Tyson Fury can be found as high as -333. However, the betting public feels that Deontay Wilder is a dog with plenty of bite and is loving the more than two to one odds on him. So far, over 93 percent of the wagers are going on the side of Deontay Wilder.
The funny thing is, the odds opened with Tyson Fury as a -290 favorite at Bookmaker, yet at Bookmaker, he’s only moved down to -275. At Intertops, Fury opened at -333 and still sits there. So, this tells me that either the bookies are so confident that Fury will win, they are not adjusting the betting lines to get an even amount coming in, or they all have heavy sharp action on Tyson Fury, enough to offset the 93% consensus.
Mike Tyson, Henry Cejudo, and Anthony Ruiz all think that Tyson Fury is still too slippery for Deontay Wilder to deal with, and although I agree with them, I don’t like laying 300 dollars to try and win 100.
Instead, I’m taking the fight to go over 7.5 rounds since I think it’s highly likely that Fury gets the win in round No. 8.
Spence vs. Pacquiao
Pac-Man is a +220 underdog in the fight against Errol Spence Jr. At the moment, 63% of the public is betting on Pac-Man to win. I have to say … whoever is dropping money on Pacquiao to win this fight is stoopid.
OK. I should state that Errol Spence should not be looking ahead of this fight. Pacquiao presents a real threat. But at 42 years old, Pac-Man’s own team did not want him fighting Spence or Terence Crawford.
Pacquiao does have a lot of ‘big fight’ experience, and he did perform well against Keith Thurman, getting the win by split decision back in 2019. But … That was July of 2019. It will have been more than two years for an aging boxer who’s now pushing 43.
Heck, Pac-Man is the only person to beat Keith Thurman in his professional career, and even he thinks that Spence is just too talented, and at 31, right at his peak. Another thing to consider is the fact that Spence is a southpaw … and not just a southpaw, but world-class. He’s the champ. In fact, even worse, the last time Pac-Man fought another southpaw was way back in 2008 when he went against David Diaz—who was nowhere near the level of Spence and when Pac-Man was 29 and in his prime.
I call a Pacquiao knockout in this fight … Pac-Man ends up getting lit up and either knocked out, or the fight stops, and it’s a TKO.
But imagine if Pacquiao unified the welterweight division with a win against Errol Spence Jr. Would he be the oldest person in modern history to do so?
Fact check that one, please!