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Top Boxing Betting Picks of the Week – August 21st, 2023

By Hank Blaine

It’s a slow weekend for boxing but there is enough action to warrant a boxing blog. On Saturday, DAZN streams a decent card with a main event that showcases up and comer Galal Yafai. The fights we handicap includes two throw downs happening at the Overtime Elite Arena in Atlanta, Georgia on Friday night, Kurt Scoby versus Narciso Carmona and Money Powell against Shawn McCalman. Check out boxing odds, analysis, and free picks for five of this weekend’s top matches.

Top Boxing Betting Picks of the Week (August 21st, 2023)

Usyk vs. Dubois – Tarczynski Arena, Wroclaw, Poland (ESPN+)

  • When: Saturday, August 26, 2023. 5:00pm ET.

Daniel Lapin vs. Aro Schwartz

Undefeated Daniel Lapin has a nice 7-0 record. But Lapin has just a single stoppage victory to his credit, which explains the -500 odds on over 8.5 rounds.

Aro Schwartz is 20-6-1. Among Schwartz’s 6 losses, only 1 defeat came via stoppage. Schwartz and Lapin should fight the full 10 rounds. This bout projects to go to the scorecards. Lapin, the favorite, will win, but it won’t be via knockout or technical knockout.

Boxing Betting Pick: Daniel Lapin Over 8.5 -500

Denys Berinchyk vs. Anthony Yigit

Massive underdog Anthony Yigit has a decent 27-3-1 record. Yigit has won 3-of-4. The lone loss in the last 4 came versus one of the top up and coming lightweight boxers in the world, Keyshawn Davis.

Denys Berinchyk is 17-0 with 9 stoppage wins. Yigit has enough experience to make this a fight, but Anthony doesn’t plan on winning. If was planning on winning this, he wouldn’t have already set an October bout versus 13-11-1 David Rajuilli.

Berinchyk wins easily. Look for a technical knockout or knockout prop before backing the chalk on the money line.

Boxing Betting Pick: Denys Berinchyk -2500

Oleksandr Usyk vs. Daniel Dubois // WBO, IBF, WBA Heavyweight Titles

Dubois has talent. He’s 19-1 and has ended 18 of his opponents’ nights before the final bell. For sure, Dubois will fight competitively in this.

On Saturday night, though, the underdog is up against one of the top pound for pound boxers in the world. Oleksandr Usyk is undefeated with a 20-0 record. Usyk has won 13 of his bouts via knockout or technical knockout.

Usyk will win on Saturday night. Not only will Usyk win, but he will take Dubois down. Daniel doesn’t have a glass chin, but the chin won’t stand up against Usyk’s championship power.

Boxing Betting Pick: Oleksandr Usyk Over 8.5 -109

Anderson vs. Rudenko – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Tulsa, OK (ESPN+)

  • When: Saturday, August 26, 2023. 10:30pm ET.

Zhan Kossobutskiy vs. Efe Ajagba

Favorite Zhan Kossobutskiy is undefeated with a great 19-0 record. The reason Kossobutskiy is such a big time chalk is because he’s won 18 of his bouts via stoppage.

Efe Ajagba is 17-1 with 13 stoppage wins. Since suffering a loss to Frank Sanchez in 2021, Ajagba has won 2 straight, against Jozsef Darmos and Stephen Shaw. Efe has fought the better competition. The dog is well-positioned to pull off the upset.

Boxing Betting Pick: Efe Ajagba +136

Jared Anderson vs. Andriy Rudenko

Rudenko’s 35-6 record suggests he fights Anderson tough. Eventually, though, Anderson gets to Rudenko.

The problem with going under is that although Jared has won 14-of-15 via stoppage, Andriy has suffered just a single knockout loss. Rudenko is one of those tough fighters that doesn’t go down easily. Andriy also never quits.

Anderson will stop Rudenko. He just won’t before the fifth round. Over 4.5 at -133 is the play.

Boxing Betting Pick: Jared Anderson Over 4.5 -133

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