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Top Boxing Betting Picks of the Week – February 20th, 2023

By Hank Blaine

Undefeated Jake Paul takes on Tyson Fury’s little bro, Tommy, in this weekend’s most anticipated boxing match. Before Paul and Fury throw down in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on Sunday afternoon, Badou Jack battles Ilunga Makabu for the WBC Cruiserweight title. The action touches gloves on Saturday when Jeremias Ponce throws down against Subriel Matias for the vacant IBF World Super Lightweight title. See below for boxing odds, analysis, and free picks for five of this weekend’s most intriguing matches.

Top Boxing Betting Picks of the Week (February 20th, 2023)

Showtime Championship Boxing: Matias vs. Ponce – The Armory, Minneapolis, MN (Showtime)

  • When: Saturday, February 25, 2023. 9:00pm ET.

Kudratillo Abdukakhorov vs. Shawn Owens

Owens has a lot of power. 12 of Shawn’s 13 wins have happened before the final bell. But although Owens hits hard, he’s going to struggle to beat Abdukakhorov.

The chalk is 18-1 with 10 knockout victories. Abdukakhorov, like Owens, lost his last bout. Kudratillo should bounce back, though, because it was his first loss and it came against then 19-0 Cody Crowley.

Owens has lost 3 of his last 7. The loss to Alberto Puello in his last came in 2021. The favorite takes this.

Boxing Betting Pick: Kudratillo Abdukakhorov -455

Subriel Matias vs. Jeremias Ponce // IBF World Super Lightweight Title

Jeremias Ponce has an impressive 30-0 record. Ponce has stopped 20 of his opponents before the final bell in those 30 victories.

On paper, the underdog in this has a shot. But it’s not often that an 18-1 fighter is such a huge favorite agianst a 30-0 opponent. In this case, favoritism on Matias is warranted.

Subriel has a non-stop motor. He throws punches in bunches. Ponce is more calculated. Matias’ more active style should lead to at least a decision win.

Boxing Betting Pick: Subriel Matias -455

Paul vs. Fury – Diriyah Arena, Diriyah, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (PPV)

  • When: Sunday, February 26, 2023. 2:00pm ET.

Bader Samreen vs. Viorel Simion

Simion is going to have a tough time in this one. The massive underdog won his last bout. But Viorel fought a 2-0 fighter who is no where near as talented as Bader Samreen.

Samreen is 7-0 with 6 knockout wins. Bader beat a much more talented fighter in his last via second round technical knockout. The total on this is 3.5. Going under is a good play if you don’t see a decent KO prop.

Boxing Betting Pick: Bader Samreen -2000

Ilunga Makubu vs. Badou Jack // WBC World Cruiserweight Title

29-2 with 25 stoppage wins, Ilunga Makubu hasn’t tasted defeat since 2016. The favorite in this is on a 10-fight winning streak. Badou Jack is 27-3-3. His record isn’t as sterling as Makabu’s. However, Jack has fought the stronger opponents like Richard Rivera, Jean Pascal, and Marcus Browne. The odds suggest this is a close fight. Backing Badou makes sense.

Boxing Betting Pick: Badou Jack +140

Jake Paul -156 vs. Tommy Fury +135

Sunday’s feature in Saudi Arabia pits Jake Paul against Tommy Fury. The fight was supposed to take place last year, but Fury had trouble getting a visa to fight in the states.

On Sunday, Fury will enter the ring an underdog. If we base our analysis and pick on visuals, Jake Paul takes this. JP has legit knockout power.

But the fact of the matter is that Fury has better feet, faster hands, and seems to understand angles better than Jake. No doubt, Jake could have improved big time from his last fight against Anderson Silva.

But Fury never throws a single punch. He throws four, five, six, punches. Paul still has a tendency to keep his hands low. Not only that, Jake sometimes dips. If he does that against Fury, he’ll negate his height advantage.

Tommy Fury is not a great boxer. At this point in his career, it’s difficult to even say he’s good. But he’s got the training to to keep a slower power punch at bay. If Fury finds a way to get inside of Jake’s long arms, the fight go south for Paul in a hurry. Tommy Fury is the pick.

Boxing Betting Pick: Badou Jack +140

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