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Top Boxing Betting Picks of the Week – September 18th, 2023

By Hank Blaine

Although most are already thinking of next Saturday’s huge Canelo Alvarez versus Jermell Charlo card, there are some terrific fights taking place this Saturday, September 23. Over in London, Zhilei Zhang is a slight favorite versus Joe Joyce. Then on a DAZN card in Orlando, Florida, Sandy Ryan battles Jessica McCaskill for a couple of belts before Richardson Hitchens throws down against Jose Zepeda in a main event. Which pugilists get it done on Saturday? Keep reading for boxing odds, analysis, and free picks for this weekend’s best boxing matches.

Top Boxing Betting Picks of the Week (September 18th, 2023)

Zhang vs. Joyce 2 – OVO Wembley Arena, Wembley, London (ESPN+)

  • When: Saturday, September 23rd, 2023. 5:00pm ET

Pierce O’Leary vs. Kane Gardner // WBC International Super Lightweight Title

Kane Gardner has an excellent 16-2 record. Not only does Sugar Kane have the record, but he’s stopped 7 of his opponents before the final bell, meaning he can throw with power.

But Gardner is a massive underdog versus 23-year-old Irishman Pierce O’Leary. The reason? O’Leary is 12-0 with 7 stoppage victories. The favorite in this won the belt by knocking out Alin Florin Cioceri in the first round of a scheduled 10 in his last. For O’Leary, another early TKO or KO victory should be in the cards.

Boxing Betting Pick: Pierce O’Leary -769

Joe Joyce vs. Zhilei Zhang // Interim WBO World Heavyweight Title

Joyce versus Zhang should be a terrific matchup. Both men are straight up brawlers. Joyce has a fantastic 15-1 record with 14 knockout wins.

Zhang is 25-1-1 with 20 technical knockout or knockout wins. Zhilei is 2 years older than Joyce, 40 to 38, which could be one of the reasons he’s the slight chalk. Another reason? Zhang ended Joyce’s night in the sixth round in the first bout between these two.

For sure, Joyce can win this, but Zhang’s chin has proven to be stouter. Give the chalk the nod to win the rematch.

Boxing Betting Pick: Zhilei Zhang -128

Hitchins vs. Zepeda – Caribe Royale Orlando, Orlando, FL (DAZN)

  • When: Saturday, September 23rd, 2023. 8:00pm ET

Austin Williams vs. Steve Rolls

Steve Rolls fought twice in 2022. In his first bout, Rolls lost to Edgar Berlanga via unanimous decision. Then in his second, Rolls managed a 10-round unanimous decision victory over then 13-0 Shady Gamhour.

Austin Williams is 14-0 with 10 knockout or technical knockout victories. The 27-year-old southpaw should have no trouble winning this match. Austin should win this via knockout.

Boxing Betting Pick: Austin Williams -1429

Sandy Ryan vs. Jessica McCaskill // WBC, WBA, WBO World Female Welterweight Title

The odds reflect how tight the bout between Sandy Ryan and Jessica McCaskill is going to be. Both Ryan and McCaskill can win this.

Sandy Ryan is 6-1 with a couple of knockout victories. Ryan’s losscame via split-decision in a bout against Erica Anabella Farias. Since the loss, Ryan has won 2 straight via unanimous decision, beating Anahi Ester Sanchez and taking down Marie Pier Houle.

Jessica McCaskill is 12-3. McCaskill lost to Chantrelle Cameron via unanimous decision in her last. This should be a close fight. In a close bout, it makes sense to go with the fighter offering slightly better odds.

Boxing Betting Pick: Sandy Ryan -110

Richardson Hitchens vs. Jose Zepeda // WBC Silver, NABF Super Lightweight Title

Last November, the chalk in this beat then 20-1-1 Yomar Alamo via referee stoppage. The victory over Alamo catapulted Richardson Hitchens into a possible high-level championship fight discussion.

A win over Jose Zepeda for three lower-level belts makes Hitchens a top contender for a high-level title shot. Zepeda is one of the most respected boxers in the division. Jose is 37-3 with 289 stoppage victories.

But Zepeda may be a different fighter after an 11-round knockout loss to Regis Prograis the underdog in this suffered in 2022. Hitchens gets the win. Also, we shouldn’t be surprised if Richardson is victorious before the final bell.

Boxing Betting Pick: Richardson Hitchens -455

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