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Top Boxing Betting Picks of the Week – December 18th, 2023

By Hank Blaine

The Monster, Nayoa Inoue, is back in action on Christmas Day. But before the pound for pound best boxer on the planet steps into the ring to take on Marlon Tapales, Saudi Arabia has a massive pay-per-view event on Saturday, December 23. Daniel Dubois, Dmitry Bivol, Deontay Wilder, and Anthony Joshua fight on the same card. Check out boxing odds, analysis, and free picks for five of the top fights happening in Saudi Arabia on Saturday.

Top Boxing Betting Picks of the Week (December 18th, 2023)

Day of Reckoning – Kingdom Arena, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (PPV)

  • When: Saturday, December 23rd, 2023. 11:00am ET

Daniel Dubois vs. Jarrell Miller

Dubois suffered a knockout loss in his last, but check out who the favorite in this threw down against? Oleksandr Usyk, arguably the best heavyweight in the world, beat Dubois via ninth round TKO. Dubois hung with Usyk, which is why so many believe he gets it done on Saturday night.

But the favorite is up against a tough fighter. Jarrell Miller is 26-0-1 with 22 knockout victories. Big Babay has the type of power that will give Dubois and his suspect chin problems. Backing Miller to get the stoppage victory makes sense.

Boxing Betting Pick: Jarrell Miller +209

Dmitry Bivol vs. Lyndon Arthur // Wba World Light Heavyweight Title

Lyndon Arthur is a solid boxer, but he’s up against the best technician in the sport in Dmitry Bivol. The 21-0 light heavyweight champ controls the ring and uses a pinpoint accurate jab to beat his opponents.

Bivol dominated Canelo Alvarez a couple of fights ago. In his last, Bivol easily handled Gilberto Ramirez. Dmitry hasn’t had a stoppage win in a while, though, which is they the odds in this one favor over.

But Arthur may go for the knockout because the chances of him outboxing Bivol are close to zero. If Lyndon puts himself in harm’s way, Dmitry will counter with a fight ending combination. Under is worth backing.

Boxing Betting Pick: Under 10.5

Deontay Wilder vs. Joseph Parker

43-2-1 with 42 knockout wins, the chalk in this is one of the better heavyweights in the division. In his last, Deontay Wilder absolutely dominated Robert Helenius, sending that one to the canvas and home with a loss in the first round.

For sure, Wilder could knockout Parker in the first round in this. Still, it’s hard to go against the underdog given the odds. Parker is 33-3 and has power. Parker can also box and has won 3 straight. Taking a big swing on the underdog is the play.

Boxing Betting Pick: Joseph Parker +500

Anthony Joshua vs. Otto Wallin

Otto Wallin is a good boxer, but the +275 underdog is up against a top heavyweight. Anthony Joshua struggled in 2 straight losses to Oleksander Usyk.

But Joshua fought well in each. Usyk didn’t knockout Joshua and that’s saying something. It tells us that Joshua remains hungry and has learned how to keep his feet even against onslaughts versus top competition.

Wallin hasn’t come close to facing anyone as talented as Anthony Joshua. The favorite deserves props for changing his style to include defense that keeps him in fights. AJ wins this before the final bell rings.

Boxing Betting Pick: Anthony Joshua -385

Inoue vs. Tapales – Ariake Arena, Tokyo, Japan (ESPN)

  • When: Tuesday, December 26th, 2023. 5:00am ET

Marlon Tapales vs. Naoya Inoue

Filipino boxer Marlon Tapales is as tough as it gets. Tapales can flat out brawl or box his way to a victory. The fact he beat Murodjon Akhmadaliev in his last tells us all we need to know about Tapales’ skills.

However, although Marlon will fight hard, he’s up against one of the greatest of all time in Nayoa Inoue. The Monster can knock you out with a body punch. Inoue is as good as it gets.

Don’t expect this fight to last long because Tapales’ style is to mix it up, which means he will fall right into an Inoue liver punch that sends the challenger to the ground.

Boxing Betting Pick: Naoya Inoue -2000

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