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Top Boxing Betting Picks of the Week – December 15th, 2022

By Hank Blaine

There aren’t any championship bouts this weekend, but that doesn’t mean there are zero terrific boxing matches. Michel Rivera and Frank Martin headline a Showtime boxing card in Vegas and Souleymane Cissokho goes against Tulani Mbenge in an ESPN+ fight card happening in France. Check out the boxing odds, analysis, and free picks for five of this Saturday’s top boxing matches.

Top Boxing Betting Picks of the Week (December 15th, 2022)

Cissokho vs. Mbenge – H Arena, Nantes, France (ESPN+)

  • When: Saturday, Dec. 17, 2022. 2:00pm ET.

Souleymane Cissokho vs. Tulani Mbenge

15-0 Souleymane Cissokho has knocked out 9 of his opponents. Cissokho won via unanimous decision in his last, a 10-round bout versus Robert Valenzuela Jr.

Tulani Mbenge has a nice 19-1 record. Mbenge has knocked out his last three opponents. All three stoppages occurred before the fourth round.

Mbenge has 15 knockouts in his 19 wins. But the last time he fought a boxer on Cissokho’s level, Tulani lost via unanimous decision, which means this bout should go over the total rounds.

Boxing Betting Pick: Souleymane Cissokho Over 10.5 -38

Showtime Boxing “Special Edition”: Rivera vs. Martín – The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV (Showtime)

  • When: Saturday, Dec. 17, 2022. 10:00pm ET.

Michel Rivera vs. Frank Martin

Rivera and Martin will bring undefeated records into the ring. Rivera is 24-0 with 14 stoppage wins.

Martin is 16-0 with 12 knockout or technical knockout wins. Both these guys have terrific skills, but both also have flaws.

Martin’s ability to get inside should be key. If Frank can get inside of Rivera’s long arms, his better inside game should allow the chalk to punch his way to a victory.

Boxing Betting Pick: Frank Martin -263

Billam Smith vs. Xhoxhaj – Bournemouth International Centre, Bournemouth, Dorset, England (FITE)

  • When: Saturday, Dec. 17, 2022. 2:00pm ET.

Steve Robinson vs. Nick Campbell

5-1 Steve Robinson is a big underdog versus 5-0 Nick Campbell. Robinson has some power. He’s stopped 3 of his opponents before the final bell.

Campbell has 4 technical knockout victories and a straight up knockout win to his credit. Robinson, whose loss came against an 0-1 fighter in February, won’t last past the second.

Boxing Betting Pick: Nick Campbell Under 3.5 -115

Dan Azeez vs. Rocky Fielding // Commonwealth, British Light Heavyweight Title

Azeez versus Fielding should be a terrific fight. The underdog in this has a very good 30-2 record. Fielding’s last loss came in 2018 and it came against Canelo Alvarez.

Since the loss, Rocky beat Abdallah Paziwapazi via second round knockout, Emmanuel Danso via technical referee decision, and Timo Laine via third-round technical knockout.

Azeez is 17-0 with 11 knockout or technical knockout victories. The chalk is technically sound. So much so that he gets the nod over the popular Fielding.

Boxing Betting Pick: Dan Azeez -500

Chris Billam-Smith vs. Armend Xhoxhaj

The lone loss on Chris Billam-Smith’s record came way back in 2019 via Richard Riakporhe. Since then, Billam-Smith has won seven bouts.

In his last, Billam-Smith beat Isaac Chamberlain via 12-round unanimous decision in April. Chris is a huge favorite in this, which is why the best play is over or under the total rounds.

Armend Xhoxhaj is 14-2. One loss came via technical knockout and the other arrived via knockout. Xhoxhaj won his last two bouts but his opponents weren’t close to Billam-Smith’s level. Chris ends this before the fifth.

Boxing Betting Pick: Armend Xhoxhaj Under 5.5 -135

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