Thu, Oct 18, 11:58am by Staff Writer
This weekend presents some exciting boxing cards in the United States which should keep both fans and punters alike interested.
The fight card of the weekend will take place at the TD Garden in Boston on Sunday (AEST), where former two-time world champion Demetrius Andrade (25-0, 16 KOs) will do battle with Walter Kautondokwa (17-0, 16 KOs) for the vacant WBO middleweight title.
Andrade, of the US, is a former two-time world junior middleweight champion, was scheduled to do battle with reigning champion BIlly Joe Saunders of the UK in a highly anticipated clash. However, Saunders was found to have tested positive for the banned stimulant oxilofrine and subsequently relinquished his title in anticipation of it being stripped from him.
Replacement opponent Kautondokwa from Namibia, is ranked #2 by the WBO and will head into the clash making his US debut. His career to date has seen all his fights take place in Africa, with 16 of his bouts held in Namibia and the other in Ghana.
Andrade will head into the bout a clear $1.08 favourite with Kautondokwa a $6.50 hopeful to spring the upset.
The co-main event sees IBF super featherweight champion Tevin Farmer (26-4-1, 5 KOs) of the US defend his title against James Tennyson (22-2, 18 KOs) of the UK.
Farmer claimed the vacant title in August this year when he ventured down under and beat Australian Billy Dib via unanimous decision. Despite posing a 26-4-1 record which may not look imposing for a world champion, he has won 19 of his past 20 fights.
His only defeat in this sequence, a points decision loss to former IBF super featherweight champion Kenichi Ogawa in December 2017 was reversed to a no contest after Ogawa was later found to have failed a drug test.
Tennyson of the Northern Ireland is coming off an impressive fifth round TKO victory over the previously unbeaten Martin Ward in May.
Farmer will enter the contest a clear $1.28 favourite with Tennyson available at $3.45.
The Boston card will also feature IBF and WBA lightweight champion Katie Taylor of England (10-0, 5 KOs) defend her titles against Puerto Rican Cindy Serrano (27-5-3, 10 KOs).
In what is set to be the toughest fight of the 2012 olympic lightweight gold medallist’s career to date, Taylor will face a former five division world champion in Serrano who in her last 13 fights, has won 12 of them with the other a draw.
Despite such imposing form, Taylor will enter the bout an overwhelming $1.04 favourite with Serrano at $9.50.
The other notable card in the United States this weekend takes place in Orlando on Sunday (AEST) where two fights of the recently commenced World Boxing Super Series will headline the card at the CFE Arena.
The card will be headlined by Puerto Rican Emmanuel Rodriguez (18-0, 12 KOs), who will defend his IBF world bantamweight title against Australian Jason Moloney (17-0, 14 KOs).
Rodriguez will enter the bout an prohibitive $1.06 favourite to Moloney at $7.50.
The co-main event will see cruiserweights Yunier Dorticos (22-1, 21 KOs) of Cuba and Mateusz Masternak (41-4, 28 KOs) of Poland do battle.
Former WBA cruiserweight champion Dorticos is considered the one to beat here at $1.13 with Masternak available at $5.40.
Demetrius Andrade versus Walter Kautondokwa is not the fight we were expecting this weekend but is nonetheless an interesting bout for the vacant WBO middleweight title.
Despite being a clear cut favourite, Andrade will have to be at his best to negate Kautondokwa and may take longer than expected to negate the unheralded Namibian.
Expect Kautondokwa to be at his best as he looks to capitalise on a terrific opportunity to claim a world title as a late replacement opponent.
That being said, Andrade should be able to make any necessary adjustments as the fight progresses and is a great chance to finish the bout within the distance in the second half of the scheduled 12 round contest.
Suggested Bet: Demetrius Andrade Round 7-12 @ $3.10 (Alternate Group Round Betting 1)
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