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Best Boxing Fights to Bet on in December 2020
It looks Christmas is coming early for anyone looking to bet on boxing this December.
The 12th month is not typically regarded as being one of the sport’s most hectic months. But in 2020, the next fights for Canelo, Anthony Joshua, Errol Spence Jr., Gennady Golovkin, and many more stars will go down when the Christmas trees start going up.
It’s been a crazy year for fight fans, with the global health crisis leading to several big fights being scratched. But it appears that we’re getting everything in one go this December. Call it an early present from the old dude with the big gut. And I don’t mean Bob Arum…
I’m sure you’ll be stoked when you find out what’s in store for boxing fans in December. So get your calendar out and start taking dates. Or, give this page a bookmark and come back when you please.
First up on December’s boxing calendar is an all-British scrap between Billy Joe Saunders and Martin Murray.
Saunders vs. Murray – Friday, December 4
Billy Joe Saunders was angling to meet Canelo earlier this year.
That was a fight that never materialized, but Saunders will be confident of securing a date with the world’s highest-paid boxer in 2021. Of course, he must first concentrate on getting past fellow-Brit, Martin Murray.
Murray gets a shot at Saunders’ WBO super-middleweight crown on December 4 at The SSE Arena in Wembley, London. And it should be a good one.
December 4 marks the first time that Murray has fought for a world title since being beaten to a contentious split decision by Artur Abraham in Germany back in 2015. That night, he was fighting for the same title he will be on December 4.
I’ve done the usual scouting around on the top online betting sites in a search for the best odds for Saunders vs. Murray. It’s clear that the oddsmakers heavily favor Saunders to win this one.
Murray is up against it, sure. But can he pull off boxing’s upset of the year?
Spence vs. Garcia – Saturday, December 5
I believe Errol Spence Jr. vs. Danny Garcia will be the fight of the year.
There are several questions to ask of Spence following his highly fortunate brush with death in 2019. I’m not even sure that cuts it. I’d call Spence’s escape from his one-man smash an absolute miracle. To see him back in the ropes just 14 months later is incredible.
Spence is going up against former 140-pound standout and ex-WBC welterweight champ, Garcia, as a betting favorite. But is he the same fighter that stepped out of the ring following a victory over Shawn Porter last year? Or did the crash affect him in ways that neither Spence nor the boxing public knows yet?
It’s an interesting one. It’s certainly something I felt was significant enough to bring up in my Spence vs. Garcia betting guide.
I would recommend giving that guide a read if you are looking to cash in on the best bets for Spence vs. Garcia, as well as the odds, some fight analysis, and, of course, my prediction.
So, who gets the job done at the AT&T in Arlington this December 5?
Unified WBC and IBF World Welterweight Champion @ErrolSpenceJr hosted today's virtual media workout for fans ahead of his PPV showdown against Two-Division World Champ @DannySwift Dec. 5th on @PBConFOX PPV! ??— Premier Boxing Champions (@premierboxing) November 20, 2020
Visit PBC's YouTube to catch the replay!https://t.co/xtMIpxveYG pic.twitter.com/HE8y1yVaGL
Joshua vs. Pulev – Saturday, December 5
Anthony Joshua is aiming to take his place back on the top of the heavyweight division.
Joshua, who was beaten by Andy Ruiz Jr. in May 2019 in one of boxing’s most memorable shocks, avenged that loss at the end of December. Now, he faces his mandatory in Bulgaria’s Kubrat Pulev on December 5.
Practising my favourite punch ? pic.twitter.com/gLxaCZemcj— Anthony Joshua (@anthonyfjoshua) November 22, 2020
Pulev has only ever lost once inside the ropes. That defeat came against Ukrainian legend Wladimir Klitschko in November 2014. Since that fight, he has enjoyed an uninterrupted eight-fight win streak.
But at 39, and against a puncher like Joshua, he faces an uphill task trying to take anything from the fight.
I’ve put together a betting preview for Joshua vs. Pulev that goes deep into why I feel the champ holds the keys to this fight. Make sure you give it a read.
But could I be wrong? Is there a chance that the lure of Joshua’s WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight titles inspire something truly special in Pulev?
Golovkin vs. Szeremeta – Friday, December 18
Gennady “GGG” Golovkin vs. Kamil Szeremeta will go down on Friday, December 18, for the IBF title.
Golovkin hasn’t fought since scraping past Sergiy Derevyanchenko in a controversial fight in 2019. The Kazakh suffered a leg injury that took some time to get over but was also hampered by travel restrictions around the global health crisis earlier this year.
Poland’s Szeremeta will be hoping for big things when he takes on GGG. The 21-0 boxer does appear to be significantly overmatched in this fight but has taken the opportunity to fight the powerful middleweight champ with both hands. Steve Rolls, anyone?
Could we witness the birth of a new Polish champion on December 18? Or is Golovkin simply too much for Szeremeta to handle?
Canelo vs. Smith – Saturday, December 19
And my final pick of the best boxing matches to bet on in December is Canelo Alvarez vs. Callum Smith.
Canelo makes his first appearance inside the ropes since stopping a tired and over the hill version of Sergey Kovalev in November 2019. This time, the flame-haired Mexican turns his attention to Britain’s Smith.
The Smith family is one that Canelo has run into before. The Mexican brutalized the body of Callum’s older brother, Liam, to win the WBO middleweight strap in 2016.
Callum Smith is a fighter that I have enjoyed watching over the years. But his last appearance — a super controversial decision win over the unfancied John Ryder — was very worrying. You can’t help but wonder whether Canelo and his team were so keen to get him signed up for this fight on account of that flat display.
Smith will undoubtedly raise his game when faced with a boxer many believe to be the best in the sport. But he is coming off a quick turnaround and will almost certainly have to adhere to Canelo’s contractual terms for the fight, which will include a rehydration clause among other things.
There’s a saying among boxing fans that you have to “knock Canelo out to beat him.” I think Smith knows that, too, and will have to find a way to stop the Mexican if he is to make history.
You can find early odds for Canelo vs. Smith already, if you are looking to bet on the fight. Of course, keep your eyes on our picks section for more on Canelo vs. Smith as well as the other fights above.
Confirmed and Potential Fights Coming in 2021
So, we are approaching 2021 with a lot of humans desperate to see the back of this year.
But not me. Not just yet, anyway. I mean, we have some awesome fights to look forward to in December and I won’t be forced into pushing fast forward until I get to watch them all.
Looking a little further into the future, there will be some amazing fights coming up in 2021. In both boxing and MMA, I might add. But some that we don’t yet know about.
But what I can tell you is that we have a sensational lightweight fight set to kick January off, as well as a couple of bouts that are yet to be confirmed. So, if you’re betting on the boxing in December but want to know what’s on the menu in January and beyond, here’s a little sample of what we will see, and what we very well could see.
Enjoy the fights. Enjoy the holidays. And, fingers crossed, you get to enjoy some nice winnings!