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Top Boxing Betting Picks of the Week – May 20th, 2024

By Hank Blaine

This week’s boxing cards aren’t on the level of last Saturday, where Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk fought in a fantastic match in Saudi Arabia. But although we won’t get to see a fight on the Fury versus Usyk level, it doesn’t mean we can’t make a few bucks backing some fantastic pugilists. Check out boxing odds, analysis, and free picks for six of this Saturday’s top matchups.

Top Boxing Betting Picks of the Week (May 20th, 2024)

Taylor vs. Catterall 2 – First Direct Arena, Leeds, Yorkshire (ESPN+)

  • When: Saturday, May 25th, 2024. 3:00pm ET

Paddy Donovan vs. Lewis Ritson

Donovan versus Ritson will be entertaining, but the underdog in this doesn’t have much shot. Ritson has a terrific 23-3 record. Unfortunately for him, he’s up against one of the top boxers in Ireland on Saturday.

Paddy Donovan is 13-0 with 10 stoppage victories. Donovan has won his last 4 via technical knockout. The boxers he’s beaten to include then 15-2 Williams Herrera and then 13-1 Danny Ball. Donovan gets the stoppage victory before the sixth.

Boxing Betting Pick: Paddy Donovan -1100

Cheavon Clarke vs. Ellis Zorro

31-year-old Ellis Zorro has a nice record. Zorro is 17-1 with 7 knockout victories. So there’s a reason Zorro is a decent +475 underdog, which shows he’s getting some respect from oddsmakers and boxing bettors.

Still, Cheavon Clarke is 8-0 with 6 stoppage wins. But Clarke is no spring chicken, he’s older by 2 years than Zorro. The dog won’t put himself in harm’s way in this. Give Zorro a chance to pull off the unanimous or split decision victory.

Boxing Betting Pick: Ellis Zorro +475

Josh Taylor vs. Jack Catterall

Taking on Jack Catterall in a rematch is Josh Taylor’s first fight since a split-decision loss to Teofimo Lopez. Taylor didn’t look good in the bout against Lopez.

Not only that, but the New York State Athletic Commission suspended Taylor’s boxing license indefinitely after the bout. So Taylor can’t fight in NYC any longer.

Catterall has had a couple of bouts since losing to Taylor in the first fight. The slight dog in this beat Darragh Foley and Jorge Linares via unanimous decision. Catterall’s career appears to be moving in the right direction, while Taylor’s isn’t. The odds suggest a close fight, and it will be close. At the end, Catterall gets the win.

Boxing Betting Pick: Jack Catterall -110

La Conquete – Shawinigan, Quebec, Canada (ESPN+)

  • When: Saturday, May 25th, 2024. 9:00pm ET

Arslanbek Makhmudov vs. Miljan Rovcanin

Rovcanin replaces Junior Fa, due to FA announcing his retirement not too long ago. He comes in with a 26-3 record, winning the last 5 of 7 bouts.

Makhmudov suffered his first loss in his last. However, the bout was against 23-0 Agit Kabayel. Before falling to Kabayel, Makhmudov had racked up 18 total victories and 17 via stoppage. Makhmudov ends Fa’s night early.

Boxing Betting Pick: Arslanbek Makhmudov -2000

Christian Mbili vs. Mark Heffron

Veteran boxer Mark Heffron always brings it. Heffron is 30-3-1 with 24 stoppage victories. But although Heffron will give it his all in this, he’s suffered all 3 losses via knockout or technical knockout.

That’s a terrible sign facing Christian Mbili. The -3000 favorite is 26-0 with 22 stoppage wins. Mbili sends Heffron to the showers well before the final ball. Definitely go under once oddsmakers set a round total and for sure consider backing Mbili on any knockout or technical knockout prop.

Boxing Betting Pick: Christian Mbili -3000

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