Top Boxing Matches to Bet on in January 2022 – Eubank vs. Williams and More

| December 29, 2021 10:07 am PST

The new year kicks off in style with some very interesting bouts for fans of the “sweet science.”

If you’re looking to bet on boxing matches in January, things get up and running on New Year’s Day with an explosive card in Florida. Topping the bill is a heavyweight clash between perennial contender Luis Ortiz and former IBF champion Charles Martin.

Elsewhere, Chris Eubank Jr. takes on Liam Williams in Cardiff, Wales, with Claressa Shields set to put her titles on the line. 

Let’s look through the top boxing matches you can gamble on in January 2022 before you get your bets down.

Luis Ortiz vs. Charles Martin

  • Date: January 1st
  • Venue: Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & CasinoFlorida, US
  • Title: IBF Eliminator
Luis Ortiz and Charles Martin

Ortiz takes to the squared circle for the first time since a first-round KO of Alexander Flores on January 1.

The Cuban takes on former IBF kingpin Martin, who returns to action following his stoppage of Gerald Washington in February 2020. Martin, who lost his world title to Anthony Joshua in April 2016, is looking to add a big name to his resume. There are fewer profiles that fit that bill better than “King Kong” himself.

Ortiz (32-2, 27 KOs) and Martin (28-2-1, 25 KOs) will duke it out in an IBF heavyweight title eliminator. The current champion of the division is Oleksandr Usyk following his victory over Joshua in September 2021.

Martin is eyeing up a chance at becoming a two-weight world champion with victory in what is one of the best boxing matches of January 2022 to bet on. If he can pull it off, the American will have the opportunity to call Usyk out. That is if Usyk can get past Joshua in a rematch set for 2022.

The former champion has a head start over the Brit, having switched up trainers for this bout. Martin has hooked up with Manny Robles, while Joshua is looking for a new trainer for the Usyk rematch. 

The odds for Ortiz vs. Martin favor the Cuban for the win. Despite his advanced age, the 42-year-old is expected to have too much for his opponent on the night. He has only lost to Deontay Wilder in 34 fights and Martin has nowhere the same level of power.

Martin is confident that he can get the job done, however, and will take to the cage looking for what would be the most important win of his career to date.

If you’re looking for boxing matches to bet on in January 2022, add this one to your calendar.

Frank Sanchez vs. Carlos Negron

  • Date: January 1st
  • Venue: Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & CasinoFlorida, US
  • Title: WBC Continental Americas and WBO-NABO Heavyweight Titles

Frank Sanchez takes to the ring for the second time in three months on the co-main slot of Ortiz-Martin.

Sanchez (19-0, 13 KOs) defeated Nigerian prospect Efe Ajagba on the undercard of Tyson Fury vs. Deontay Wilder 3 in October. Ajagba — who scored one of the best boxing knockouts of 2021 against Brian Howard — couldn’t catch the tricky Cuban on the night. 

Frank Sanchez and Carlos Negron

Puerto Rico’s Negron (23-3, 18 KOs) has put together a run of three straight wins since suffering back-to-back losses against Dominic Breazeale and Howard back in 2018 and 2019. Stoppage victories over Robert Alfonso and Rafael Rios were backed up by a decision win over Scott Alexander in May.

A convincing win for Sanchez would surely push him into contention for a shot at one of the world’s better heavyweights. This is a very winnable bout and one that the bookmakers expect him to come through with minimal effort. 

Those looking to bet on boxing matches in January will find plenty of odds and markets available for this one. Given it’s the penultimate fight on the first major card of the year, it is expected to do decently. 

Anyone looking to watch the fight on pay-per-view should be prepared to dish out $39.99 for the privilege.

Joe Smith Jr. vs. Callum Johnson

Joe Smith Jr. and Callum Johnson
  • Date: January 1st
  • Venue: Turning Stone Resort Casino – New York, US
  • Title: WBO Light Heavyweight Title

Top Rank’s first event of the year is headlined by an interesting light heavyweight clash.

WBO light heavyweight champion Joe Smith Jr. takes on Scotland’s Callum Johnson on January 15 in New York.

Smith (27-3, 21 KOs) steps into the ropes for the first time since winning the title against Maxim Vlasov in April 2021 He is looking to become just the second man to defeat Johnson (20-1, 14 KOs) since Artur Beterbiev stopped him in 2018.

Smith’s first defense was set to be against his mandatory, Umar Salamov. A bout of COVID and visa issues for Salamov got in the way of that clash, which led to the Russian taking a fight with Dmitry Bivol. That opened a window for the Scot to challenge for a world title for the second time in his career.

A victory for Smith would put him on Beterbiev’s radar, or perhaps set him up with a shot against the likes of Bivol or Eleider Alvarez. The preference for “The Irish Bomber” would likely be a rematch with Bivol. 

This fight should be one of the best boxing matches to wager on this January. It’s certainly among the scraps I am most looking forward to.

Chris Eubank Jr. vs. Liam Williams

Chris Eubank Jr. and Liam Williams
  • Date: January 29th
  • Venue: Motorpoint Arena – Cardiff, Wales
  • Title: N/A

England’s Eubank takes on Wales’ Williams in the Welsh capital city in a middleweight scrap that should produce the goods.

Initially set to take place on December 11, the fight was pushed back due to an injury suffered by Williams in training. Fans might feel a little hard done by if COVID restrictions in the UK are not lifted by then, but are remaining optimistic in the circumstances. 

Despite calling out everyone from Canelo Alvarez to Gennadiy Golovkin over the past few years, Eubank Jr. (31-2, 23 KOs) has failed to capture the imagination of fans. His choice of opponents to date has been mostly disappointing, but Williams (23-3, 18 KOs) will be a tough test. 

The Rhonnda lad is coming off a loss to WBO middleweight champ Demetrius Andrade. Outclassed in that last fight, Williams showed huge heart and determination to make it to the final bell. Whether he can cope with the speed of Eubank on the night remains to be seen. 

Some are sniffing an upset in this fight, with the Welshman’s rugged style considered the perfect antidote to the Englishman’s strategy. Whatever happens, it should be one of boxing’s top fights to bet on in January 2022.

Claressa Shields vs. Ema Kozin

Claressa Shields and Ema Kozin
  • Date: January 29th
  • Venue: Motorpoint Arena – Cardiff, Wales
  • Title: WBA, WBC, IBF, and The Ring Women’s Middleweight Titles

Known as one of the best women pound-for-pound boxers on the planet, Claressa Shields (11-0, 2 KOs) is a great addition to the Eubank-Williams card.

The Michigan-native will put her stock of titles on the line against Russia’s unbeaten Ema Kozin (21-0, 11 KOs) in a fight that she is expected to shine in.

It’s the first time we have seen Shields lace-up gloves since a win over Marie-Eve Dicaire in March. Shields has head her head turned by MMA in recent times, registering a record of 1-1 under the PFL banner.

With a win on the night, Shields is almost guaranteed a huge fight with England’s Savannah Marshall. Marshall, the WBO female middleweight champion, is 11-0 with nine wins by way of stoppage.

The pair have traded barbs in the past, with Shield’s recently claiming to have ‘whooped’ her potential future opponent in a sparring session back in 2016.

“The sparring session was simple. I had my hands down the entire time. She could not land a punch on me. We were supposed to do two rounds, then switch. But I told the coach: ‘No. Let her stay here and take this whupping for four rounds. I don’t want to switch’.

I pulverized her for four rounds.”

Shots fired.

Ilunga Makabu vs. Thabiso Mchunu

  • Date: January 29th
  • Venue: Packard Music Hall – Ohio, US
  • Title: WBC Cruiserweight Title
Ilunga Makabu and Thabiso Mchunu

Eddy Reynoso made headlines following his claims that his boxer, Canelo Alvarez, would face Ilunga Makabu for the African’s cruiserweight strap in 2022.

The comments were made at a WBC convention in November, with the sanctioning body later agreeing to sanction the fight. This was despite the small matter of Makabu having a mandatory title shot with Thabiso Mchunu already in the pipeline.

Despite rumors of Mchunu preparing to accept step aside money, the mandatory challenger will get his chance at revenge on January 29.

The South African’s trainer, Sean Smith, clarified that they were focused firmly on the bout set to go down in Ohio at the end of the month.

“We won’t take step-aside money; we want to fight Ilunga and win the WBC title. Canelo wants to fight Makabu in May – between that Makabu must settle the score with Thabiso. We are in the gym but obviously, Thabiso needs to know exactly what is happening.”

Makabu (28-2, 25 KO) defends his strap for the first time since December 2020. A fight with Canelo would ensure a huge payday and would also raise his profile in the sport. But he should not look past Mchunu, who he beat in 2015 before being knocked out by Tony Bellew in 2016.

Another fight to add to your calendar if you’re looking to bet on boxing matches in January 2022.

More Top Fights to Bet on in Boxing in January 2022

The boxing calendar for January 2022 features some high-profile names. 

But there are also a few top bouts that might go under the radar. Here’s a look at more of the best boxing matches you can bet on this January.

Fight Division Date
Gerald Washington vs. Ali Eren Demirezen Heavyweight January 1
Abraham Nova vs. Jose Enrique Vivas Featherweight January 15
Samuel Antwi vs. Conah Walker Welterweight January 29
Savannah Marshall vs. TBA Middleweight January 29
Savannah Marshall

The best fights to bet on in January have to include the top fighters.

For instance, Gerald Washington might be over the hill. His bout with Ali Eren Demirezen might have a few very interesting markets to target if you’re looking to make money on the fights in January. 

Savannah Marshall has yet to have her opponent confirmed. Regardless of who she fights, that will be a great scrap to tune in for. Remember, Marshall is aiming to compete against Claressa Shields in the summer, so will be set for a big performance. 

You will find even more odds for the bouts on the top betting apps for boxing. Alongside the fights above, you can expect to see a few smaller bouts added to the list of prices at our recommended sportsbooks. 

Wrap Up

I wouldn’t say this batch of boxing matches you can bet on in January are the greatest I have ever seen. 

There are a few quality fights, however, that should deliver when it comes to the spectacle. Acknowledging that the best boxing matches to bet on don’t always translate to the top fights to watch is something that will help you make money on the bouts going forward. 

Our boxing gambling strategy is a useful tool to help you get the most out of your bets. I’d recommend checking that out for some vital tips. Also, make sure to bookmark and follow our boxing blog for the latest on the big scraps coming our way. 

Good luck!

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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