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Top Boxing Betting Picks of the Week – January 1st, 2024

By Hank Blaine

Next Saturday, Jason Moloney takes on Saul Sanchez and Artur Beterbiev battles Callum Smith in a couple of championship bouts, which explains why nobody fights for a title this weekend. DAZN does have a fantastic card on Saturday night in Las Vegas, where Vergil Ortiz is in action against Frederick Lawson and Ohara Davies takes on Ismael Barroso. Also on the same card, Raul Curiel throws down against Elias Diaz. Which boxers get it done on Saturday night? Check out boxing odds where available, analysis, and free picks for five fights on DAZN’s Vegas card.

Top Boxing Betting Picks of the Week (January 1st, 2024)

Ortiz vs. Lawson – Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV (DAZN)

  • When: Saturday, January 6th, 2024. 8:00pm ET

Jonathan Canas vs. Jose Valenzuela Alvarado

Jameel Hooper was going to fight Jonathan Canas. But something happened, which is why Jose Valenzuela Alvarado will step into the ring versus the 2-0 chalk.

For sure, Canas will be the favorite because Alvarado has a 2-11 record. Canas beat Alvarado via Round 4 unanimous decision in his lone bout. Alvarado was 1-7 at that point.

The fight happened last May. Since then, Alvarado has fought 5 times, winning 1 and losing 4. The win was via knockout. So Alvarado does have some power. But Canas can box as well as take his opponent out with thunderous power punches. Give Canas the nod to end Alvarado’s night early.

Boxing Betting Pick: Jose Valenzuela Alvarado

Emiliano Gandara vs. Isaac Matamoros

Boxing is light when one of the top fights on a lone Saturday card pits a debut boxer in Emiliano Gandara against a 1-1 boxer in Isaac Matamoros.

Gandara fought 3 times in the amateur ranks, winning twice and losing once. The thing to note regarding Gandara’s amateur record is that the loss came via points, but both victories came via stoppage.

Isaac Matamoros’ loss was via unanimous decision in his last. Gandara showed power at the amateur level, which means he’s got a lot of power. Matamoros’s record falls to 1-2. This time, Matamoros suffers a TKO or KO loss.

Boxing Betting Pick: Emiliano Gandara

Raul Curiel vs. Elias Diaz

Curiel versus Diaz is light years beyond Gandara against Matamoros. Raul Curil is 13-0 with 11 stoppage wins. Curiel has won his last 4 via straight up knockout. In the 3 matches before the last 4 Curiel won a bout via TKO and 2 via KO.

Elias Diaz is 12-1 with 7 stoppage victories. Diaz bounced back from an August 2022 loss versus then 11-1-1 Luis Lopez to knock out David Thomas in the first round last February. Diaz will fight well in this, but he faces a tough Mexican trained fighter with incredible power. Curiel sends Diaz to the locker room before the final bell.

Boxing Betting Pick: Raul Curiel

Ohara Davies vs. Ismael Barroso // Interim WBA World Super Lightweight Title

Most boxing fans recognize the name Ismael Barroso. The 40-year-old Venezuelan is a true warrior having built a 24-4-2 record since his 2005 debut.

When you box as long as Barroso has, you’ve seen everything. So Ismael, like he often does, will elongate this bout. It took Rolando Romero until the ninth to beat Barroso via technical knockout in the +325 choice’s last.

Ohara Davies is 25-2 with 18 stoppage wins. Davies wouldn’t have taken the fight if he didn’t know he could win. Go under or look for a TKO/KO prop if you don’t want to back Davies on the moneyline.

Boxing Betting Pick: Ohara Davies -550

Vergil Ortiz Jr. vs. Frederick Lawson

No doubt, Vergil Ortiz is going to dominate Frederick Lawson. Ortiz is 19-0 with 19 stoppage wins. So the question isn’t whether Ortiz wins, it’s when does Ortiz end Lawson’s night?

The total of 5.5 in a 12-round fight suggests this is a blowout. All 3 of Frederick Lawson’s bouts ended in stoppage. Vergil Ortiz Jr. has more power than Lawson has ever faced. This sure feel like an under fight.

Boxing Betting Pick: Under 5.5

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