Top Boxing Betting Picks of the Week – May 5th, 2022

The best pound-for-pound boxer on planet Earth steps back into the ring on Saturday when Saul “Canelo” Alvarez faces arguably the toughest fighter of his career. Dmitry Bivol is no joke. See below for boxing odds on NitroBetting, analysis, and free choices for Alvarez versus Bivol and four other top boxing matches, including a pair of bareknuckle bouts on Friday night.

Top Boxing Betting Picks of the Week (May 5th, 2022)

Bareknuckle Boxing

  • When: Friday, May 6 / Saturday, May 7

David Mundell vs. Julian Lane

Bareknuckle boxing is on the rise specifically because pugilist enthusiasts are tired of the big promoters controlling traditional boxing. David Mundell fought once with boxing gloves, beating Andrew James Lipton in 2019. Since then, he’s turned his attention to bareknuckle. Mundell is 3-1 in bareknuckle boxing with 2 knockout wins and a unanimous decision victory. Mundell won his last bout, beating Stanislav Grosu via UD.

Although Julian Lane is 4-6, he has more overall fighting experience. Lane’s MMA record is 12-9. Lane deserves favoritisim, but he’s had trouble translating his mixed-martial-arts experience to the bareknuckle game. The underdog is a decent play.

Boxing Betting Pick: David Mundell +135

Terry Janoski vs. Jason Jackson

This is Janoski’s second lifetime bareknuckle fight. He’s 1-0 after knocking out Richard Carsten in the first round of a scheduled five rounds bout. Friday night is Jason Jackson’s third bareknuckle boxing match. Jackson is 1-1. The underdog knocked out Damon Bell in the third round of a scheduled five rounder.

Then in his second fight, Jackson fell via majority decision to Isaac Doolittle. Janoski pummeled Carsten but Jackson has more skills. This should be closer than the odds indicate, which means the dog is the play.

Boxing Betting Pick: Jason Jackson +154

Zhang Zhi Lei vs. Scott Alexander

39 year-old heavyweight Zhang Zhi Lei has a sparkling 23-0-1 record with 18 knockout wins. On the Canelo versus Bivol undercard, Lei takes on a talented boxer in Scott Alexander. Alexander is 16-4-2 with 8 knockout wins. Alexander lost his last bout to Carlos Negron, but the loss was after 8 rounds and it happened via unanimous decision. But Alexander gives up 3 inches in this bout. Zhi Lei uses his jab too well to lose. Expect a knockout so if you want better odds, look for a Zhi Lei knockout prop.

Boxing Betting Pick: Zhang Zhi Lei -1667

Shakhram Giyasov vs. Christian Gomez Duran

Most expect Giyasov versus Gomez to be as competitive as Bivol versus Alvarez. Like Zhi Lei versus Alexander, the bout happens before Canelo steps into the ring. Giyasov is 12-0 with 9 knockout victories. No doubt, on Saturday night at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, the 28-year-ol Uzbekistan boxer takes on the toughest opponent of his career. Christian Gomez Duran is 22-2-1 with 20 knockout wins. Gomez is on a 6-match winning streak. He hasn’t lost since 2019. The odds suggest this is a close fight. Backing the underdog makes sense.

Boxing Betting Pick: Christian Gomez Duran +300

Dmitry Bivol vs. Saul Alvarez

Every boxing fan on the planet believes Saul “Canelo” Alvarez is the best fighter in the world. Alvarez hasn’t lost since 2013 and when he did it was versus Floyd “Money” Mayweather. Canelo’s record stands at 57-1-2. Canelo, no doubt, deserves to be the chalk in this. But he may have a tougher time than many believe.

The WBA Light Heavyweight Champion is undefeated at 19-0. Not only that, but Bivol has 11 knockout wins. More importantly? Bivol has won his last 6 bouts via unanimous decision. Dmitry can outbox Canelo in this. He’s taller, has a longer reach, and his defensive skills are as good as any current champion’s.

When handicapping a Canelo fight, there’s always a chance the judges side with Alvarez no matter what happens in the ring. In this case, they will have to side with Bivol because Canelo will find it difficult to land a punch. Dmitry ends Saul’s non-losing streak.

Boxing Betting Pick: Dmitry Bivol +420

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