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Biggest Boxing Matches to Bet on in January 2021 – Plant vs. Truex and Other Top Fights

| January 9, 2021 9:33 am PDT
Best Boxing Matches to Bet on in January 2021

Looking to bet on boxing matches this January? Great. You have come to the right place.

Boxing in 2021 got off to a bang when Ryan Garcia stopped Luke Campbell in seven rounds to win the interim-WBC lightweight title on January 2. That was a fight that most of us expected to be exciting, but it featured two awesome knockdowns, and ultimately, the emergence of Garcia as a real threat to the 135-pound royalty.

But what’s left in the month to look forward to? Well, there are a few major fights certainly on the cards. There is one, in particular, that I can’t wait to watch as it features an under-the-radar emerging prospect that I believe will be a global star within the next couple of years.

There isn’t a wealth of major boxing bouts to look forward to in January. But I’ve selected the best boxing matches to bet on in January, below. So take a look!

Keita Kurihara vs. Takuma Inoue – January 14

Keita Kurihara vs. Takuma Inoue is set for Thursday, January 14, at the Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan.

As far as boxing bets for January go, Inoue should be one of the most popular choices.

It should also be an interesting one for fans looking to see if the “other Inoue brother” can push his way up the rankings and potentially take over the bantamweight division when the peerless Naoya eventually moves up in weight.

Those betting on Inoue to beat Kurihara can find the latest odds for the fight — as well as all of the others on this list — on our recommended boxing betting sites.

Inoue will be looking to get back to winning ways against his 15-5 compatriot, following the first professional loss of his career in November 2019. The Japanese star was beaten convincingly by WBC bantamweight champ Nordine Oubaali, leaving the 25-year-old with a record of 13-1.

Will this be the fight that shows us what Inoue is made of?

Angelo Leo vs. Stephen Fulton

  • January 23
  • For the WBO junior featherweight title

Angelo Leo and Stephen Fulton battle it out for Leo’s WBO junior featherweight strap.

Leo, 20-0, is looking to establish himself as the top dog in a division that includes the likes of Rey Vargas, Murodjon Akhadaliev, Daniel Roman, Ryosuke Isawa, Brandon Figueroa, and Hiroaki Teshigawara.

The champ faces a stern test in Fulton, who takes a record of 18-0 with 8 KOs into the ring.

This should be an awesome event overall, considering that the combined record of all fighters on this card is an incredible 97-1. Raeese Aleem vs. Vic Pasillas will appear on the undercard in a 12 round junior featherweight scrap, with Rolando Romero vs. Justin Pauldo also set for 12 rounds in the lightweight division.

If you’re betting on Leo vs. Fulton, it should be fun. Especially since one of these fighters will likely lose their perfect record on the night.

Sergey Kovalev vs. Bektemir Melikuziev

  • January 30
  • No title on the line

Former dominant light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev faces the rising star and Olympic silver medalist Bektemir Melikuziev on January 30.

Kovalev, regarded as one of the most devastating punchers of the early to late 2010s, returns to the ring following a 14-month layoff. His last appearance inside the ropes culminated in an 11th round knockout loss to Canelo Alvarez.

But the “Krusher” will be up against it when he steps in there with “The Bully” at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia.

I had the pleasure of watching Kovalev box live — and was even a guest at his afterparty following his world title win over Nathan Cleverly in 2013 — and I can tell you that he is not the same fighter he was even a few years ago.

Melikuziev, on the other hand, is a star in the making.

The Uzbek is 6-0 and an absolute freak, in the most complimentary way, of course. If I walked in on this guy and my wife in bed, I would… tuck him in.

He is terrifying and will be more than capable of stopping the Russian inside the distance. He has one of the most disgusting body shots in the game, and that’s bad news for Kovalev.

Thinking of betting on Kovalev to beat Melikuziev? If you are, I would suggest thinking about what the 37-year-old has left in the gas tank.

The Kovalev vs. Melikuziev odds suggest a win for the younger man, but I believe it could be a brutal one.

Caleb Plant vs. Caleb Truax

  • January 30
  • For the IBF super-middleweight title

The battle of the Calebs should be the best fight of the month.

IBF super-middleweight king Plant will lock horns with Truax on January 30 in a 12 round clash at the Shrine Exposition Center in Los Angeles. The scrap is under the Premier Boxing Champions banner.

Plant (20-0) is the consensus third best 168-pounder on the planet behind Canelo Alvarez and David Benavidez. If he wins this fight, I would bet on Canelo vs. Plant going down at some point later this year. That’s providing Alvarez rejects a fight with England’s Billy Joe Saunders.

Aside from Plant and Saunders, Benavidez is the only top ten fighter at super middleweight with an unbeaten record. But the buzz around the IBF champ helps his case if he should want a showdown with boxing’s biggest star.

After seeing how Canelo schooled Callum Smith in December, he might think twice about rushing into a decision on that…

Regardless, Plant faces a tough test against Truax (31-4-2, 19 KOs). So folks can stop wondering about Canelo’s next fight and just focus on this one. For now.

However, he does seem to be catching the 37-year-old at the right time. Truax has suffered problems as a result of weight cutting and also injured his Achilles heel. These issues prevented him from making dates with Alfredo Angulo and Peter Quillin.

The odds for Plant vs. Truax suggest that the younger man should have an easier time of it. I’ll be putting together a preview and pick of the fight soon on our boxing picks and predictions section, so keep your eye out for that a little closer to fight night.

More Boxing Fights to Bet on in January 2021

I’ll admit that we’re lacking a little in big boxing matches for January, but please tell me, with a straight face, that the ones above won’t be awesome?

Of course, the current global health crisis hasn’t exactly been a friend to boxing fans in recent times. We were set to see the monstrous Artur Beterbiev take on Adam Deines, but that has been postponed.

But I would not be surprised to see at least one more big fight added to the pile for this month.

Keep your eyes peeled on our dedicated boxing blog for that and for more quality content. Speaking of which, check out the following pieces.

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.

For his troubles, Adam is a fan of Leinster Rugby, Glasgow Celtic, and trusting the process.

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