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Best Boxing Matches You Can Bet On February 2021

| February 3, 2021 11:12 am PDT
Boxing Matches to Bet on in February 2021

If you want nothing more than to bet on boxing in February, you’ll be very pleased to hear that this month has some top fights coming up.

Following a fairly quiet January, lovers of the “sweet science” can rest assured that there will be more on offer over the next four weeks.

There are some big names to get behind, too. While the odds for Canelo Alvarez vs. Avni Yildirim and the best bets for Mayweather vs. Logan Paul do the rounds, the likes of Jamel Herring vs. Carl Frampton and Joe Smith Jr. vs. Maxim Vlasov have mostly gone under the radar.

Now that Mayweather vs. Paul has been postponed, hopefully, that will change. It would be a shame if fans missed out on these real matches.

Read on for all of the best boxing matches to bet on in February 2021.

Joseph Diaz vs. Shavkatdzhon Rakhimov

  • Date: February 13
  • For: IBF super featherweight title 

Diaz vs. Rakhimov could be an early contender for the fight of the year.

Diaz (31-1) defends his IBF super featherweight strap for the first time since beating Tevin Farmer in 2020 and faces a tough test against the unbeaten Rakhimov (15-0).

The Tajikistani makes his US debut in the fight, scheduled for 12 rounds at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California.

Joseph Diaz Tale of the Tape Shavkat Rakhimov
28 Age 26
5’6” Height 5’8”
64” Reach 66”
Southpaw Stance Southpaw
31-1 Professional Record 15-0
14 KOs 12

This should be a cracker of a fight, stylistically. Rakhimov has collected 12 of his 15 wins by KO/TKO, while Diaz has never been stopped. The American has only ever lost one fight, and that was to Gary Russell Jr. back in March 2018.

If you’re looking for the best boxing bets for February, I’ll be providing odds, predictions, best bets, and betting previews for all fights in this piece over on our boxing picks section.

That includes Diaz vs. Rakhimov, which should be an ice-cold classic.

Joe Smith Jr. vs. Maxim Vlasov

  • Date: February 13
  • For: Vacant WBO light heavyweight title 

One of the most beloved fighters in the game today, Smith exudes a rare, no-nonsense approach to life inside the squared circle.

The “Irish Bomber” gets his shot at a genuine world title on February 13 at the MGM Grand Conference Center in Paradise, Nevada. It’s been a long time coming for the part-time construction worker, who holds the distinction of being the last man to fight (and beat) the great Bernard Hopkins.

Smith (26-3) faces a very solid operator in Maxim Vlasov and won’t be taking his opponent lightly.

However, Vlasov (45-3) will need to shake off some ring rust on the night, making Smith’s chances of winning the title somewhat better.

In terms of top boxing matches to bet on in February, this one will be up there with the best. The fight is certainly no foregone conclusion, with both fighters having realistic chances of walking away with the title.

If you are hoping to win money betting on boxing this February, you should have a read of my Smith vs. Vlasov betting preview for a little insight into the fight.

Moving on…

Miguel Berchelt vs. Oscar Valdez

  • Date: February 20
  • For: Vacant WBC super featherweight title 

Berchelt vs. Valdez goes down at the MGM Grand Conference Center in Paradise, Nevada, on the 20th of this month.

I’m excited for this one, as I am sure most boxing heads are. So, if you’re betting on boxing matches in February, make sure that this one does not escape your attention.

Here’s the story with this one, in a nutshell — Berchelt (37-1-0-1) is making the 8th defense of the title he won from Francisco Vargas in 2017. He is taking on former WBO super featherweight king Valdez (28-0), who comes in as a distinct underdog, despite having a flawless record.

This fight might be closer than some think. It’s definitely one of February’s top boxing matches to wager on, and I sincerely suggest looking through the top boxing betting sites for Berchelt vs. Valdez odds and bets for the fight.

I’ll be hitting you with my betting prediction for this one closer to fight night.

Canelo Alvarez vs. Avni Yildirim

  • Date: February 27
  • For: WBC super-middleweight title 

Reports over the weekend claimed that Canelo Alvarez vs. Billie Joe Saunders is agreed in principle, effectively making this fight with Avni Yildirim a tune-up.

Not to sound disrespectful, but that’s what it is always was intended to be.

But, that doesn’t mean you can’t make money betting on Canelo vs. Yildirim. And for that reason, I have added it to my top boxing matches to gamble on in February.

I can’t see Yildirim causing the world’s pound for pound number one much trouble in this bout. The Turk has fallen short when he has stepped up to a decent level in the past, with a third-round KO to Chris Eubank Jr. emphasizing where he is at in the game.

Any money to be made betting on Canelo vs. Yildirim will likely come from picking the round or group of rounds the Mexican tops him in.

You can find odds for Canelo vs. Yildirim plus best bets and my prediction for the fight on our boxing picks section.

Jamel Herring vs. Carl Frampton

  • Date: February 27
  • For: WBO junior lightweight title

If you’re looking for boxing bets for February, how about checking out this fight?

Herring defends his WBO junior lightweight title against former world champion Carl Frampton in London.

Frampton, straight off a successful win in the courts over former manager Barry McGuigan, is aiming to become a three-weight world champion with a victory over Herring. The Belfast native is unlikely to have many more chances of winning a world title and has a great chance over the American.

Herring is defending the title he won from Masayuki Ito in 2017 for the fourth time but will be tested by Frampton. Despite being the titleholder, he is the betting underdog (at the time of writing) and is being written off by some.

Will Frampton beat Herring? I think he has a great chance of doing just that. But it will be no walk in the park for the former champ.

As for the top fight to bet on in boxing this February, Frampton vs. Herring is certainly up there.

Carl Frampton Celebrating

Boxing Schedule for February 2021

Here are the big boxing matches heading our way in February.

Date Fight Title
Feb. 13 Joseph Diaz vs. Shavkat Rakhimov IBF junior lightweight title
Feb. 13 Joe Smith Jr. vs. Maxim Vlasov Vacant WBO light heavyweight title
Feb. 17 Mark Reyes Jr. vs. Janelson Bocachica N/A
Feb. 20 Adrien Broner vs. Jovanie Santiago N/A
Feb. 20 Miguel Berchelt vs. Oscar Valdez WBC junior lightweight title
Feb. 27 Canelo Alvarez vs. Avni Yildirim WBC super-middleweight title
Feb. 27 Jamel Herring vs. Carl Frampton WBO junior lightweight title

As you can see, Adrien Broner returns to action against Jovanie Santiago on February 20.

Broner, one of boxing’s biggest clowns of all time, is trying to get himself back into shape. If he can pass this test, he stands a chance of resurrecting a career that has been nothing less than a car crash.

I deliberately avoided adding Broner vs. Santiago to my list of the best boxing matches to bet on this month, but feel free to check out the odds and place your bets on that one!

More Boxing Content to Check Out

Things appear to be gathering pace in the world of boxing, so let’s hope that we get even more top boxing matches to gamble on as the year progresses.

There are certainly plenty of matchups to be made, and I think we will see some big fights come to fruition over the next couple of months. But as for these fights in February? There are some real quality clashes on the cards, so I can’t exactly complain.

I spoke about visiting our boxing picks section a couple of times above. You can find the latest boxing predictions and picks by visiting this area of our site, so remember to give it a try.

You can also get your hands on the latest analysis, betting advice, and general boxing content by visiting our dedicated boxing blog. Head over to that section if you want to read more top boxing-related and boxing betting material, such as what I have left for you below.


Adam Haynes
Adam Haynes

Adam is a sports writer and tipster with a strong background in MMA, boxing, and combat sports.

When Adam isn't writing about those, as well as politics, rugby, and Gaelic Games, he can be found working on methods and strategies to beat the bookies.

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