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Day of Reckoning Boxing Preview

Some of the biggest names in the sport are stepping into the ring this week to provide Boxing fans with an early Christmas present.

Anthony Joshua v Otto Wallin

Anthony Joshua

Age: 34
Reach: 208cm
Height: 198cm
Record: 26-3-0, 23 KOs

Otto Wallin

Age: 33
Reach: 198cm
Height: 197cm
Record: 26-1-0, 14 KOs

Under the watchful eye of new trainer Ben Davidson, Anthony Joshua is looking to push closer to another title fight. The former unified world heavyweight champion is a considerable $1.25 favourite to beat Otto Wallin in this one. He’s still on the comeback following his two losses to Oleksandr Usyk and needs a big victory to reclaim his place as one of the best in boxing.

Wallin isn’t a big name in boxing, but is one some will recognise after his bout with Tyron Fury in September 2019. It’s the only loss on Wallin’s record and worth noting that Fury required 47 stitches above his eye following the fight. Leaving Fury a bloody mess suggests the Swedish heavyweight has plenty of power behind him to be interested in his $10.50 to win by KO/TKO.

Joshua coming into this one under the guidance of yet another new trainer is somewhat of a concern. His struggles against Usyk as a southpaw should also be considered given Wallin fights with the same stance. Wallin is strong defensively and he’s happy to sit behind the jab and wait to catch his opponent on the counter. There is a good chance Wallin frustrates Joshua into mistakes late if he picks up a few rounds early.

With what we saw in his fight with Fury and Joshua’s recent outings, this fight feels a lot closer than Wallin’s $4 suggests. The Swede has the skills to put Joshua under pressure early and a defensive style that can hold onto a lead on the cards.

Best Bet WILL THE FIGHT GO THE DISTANCE? - YES @ $1.63*

Deontay Wilder v Joseph Parker

Deontay Wilder

Age: 38
Reach: 211cm
Height: 201cm
Record: 43-2-1, 42 KOs

Joseph Parker

Age: 31
Reach: 193cm
Height: 193cm
Record: 33-3-0, 23 KOs

Like the headline event, this is another that looks a lot closer than the markets suggest.

Deontay Wilder ($1.16) is famous for his punching power and a genuine world champion. However, he has fought just one round since losing to Tyson Fury for a second time back in October 2021. Meanwhile, Joseph Parker ($5) has fought three times this year alone. Albeit against much lower opposition, Parker has ended the last two by knockout having not done so since 2020.

Parker has the added benefit of working with Fury in the lead-up to this fight. He will have a few tricks up his sleeve and a decent idea of how he can trouble Wilder and put himself in a position to cause an upset. Parker has the speed and footwork to occupy Wilder’s right hand. If Wilder is forced to use it defensively, he’s less likely to lower it to a level where he can throw one of his lethal right hooks.

The longer the fight lasts the more likely Parker is to connect on one of his quick combinations. Wilder may struggle towards the end given his lack of activity and Parker has been known to start slow before clicking into gear and chasing the fight late. In a fight where both can cause damage and neither are regarded as defensive maestros, we might see the referee count out a few times throughout the fight.

Best Bet WILL BOTH FIGHTERS BE KNOCKED DOWN? - YES @ $10

Dmitry Bivol v Lyndon Arthur

Dmitry Bivol

Age: 33
Reach: 183cm
Height: 183cm
Record: 21-0-0, 11 KOs

Lyndon Arthur

Age: 32
Reach: 188cm
Height: 188cm
Record: 23-1-0, 16 KOs

Now 21-0 as a professional including his incredible upset win over Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez back in May 2022, Bivol is a proven expert in hitting without getting hit. He nullified Alvarez; something few have ever been able to do. In his last fight – a comfortable unanimous decision win – Bivol’s opponent, Gilberto ‘Zurdo’ Ramirez, landed just 107 of 878 of his punches thrown.

Lyndon Arthur is a tricky fighter but ultimately a stepping stone for Bivol to a unification bout against the winner of Artur Beterbiev & Callum Smith on January 13th.

The odds are stacked to one side, but unlike the fights above, it’s difficult to picture an upset. Bivol is one of the most underrated fighters in boxing despite his recent wins. He should have little trouble with Arthur in the end. The expectation is for Bivol to win by points or decision at $1.69 but the value is in a knockout win at $2.50. Expect Bivol to be the aggressor throughout the fight and to frustrate Arthur into opening himself up to be hit.

Best Bet METHOD OF VICTORY - BIVOL BY KO/TKO - $2.50*

Daniel Dubois v Jarrell Miller

Daniel Dubois

Age: 26
Reach: 198cm
Height: 196cm
Record: 19-2-0, 18 KOs

Jarrell Miller

Age: 35
Reach: 198cm
Height: 193cm
Record: 26-0-1, 22 KOs

This fight is worth the early wake-up down under.

Daniel Dubois is coming into this one on the back of an impressive performance against Oleksandr Usyk while Jarrell Miller is one of the biggest characters – whether you like him or not – in boxing.

The pair have already traded verbal jabs in the lobby of their hotel leading up to fight night. In the ring, Dubois’ fundamental approach against Miller’s more brawler style matches up well to produce an entertaining bout.

Dubois’ age is a factor. At 26 years old, he’s almost a decade younger than Miller. Already a big unit, age could catch up with Miller before he knows it. Still, he can take advantage late should the fight last beyond the middling rounds. Miller will look to fight in close which will become more of a feature of the fight the longer it goes. From there he can trouble Dubois and look to throw the punch that ends it.

It’s a fight Dubois should win if he controls it in the way he’s capable. However, Miller will be tough to put down and could pinch a few rounds late to sway the judges.

Best Bet WILL THE FIGHT GO THE DISTANCE? - YES - $2.10*

Jai Opetaia v Ellis Zorro

Jai Opetaia

Age: 28
Reach: 193cm
Height: 188cm
Record: 23-0-0, 18 KOs

Ellis Zorro

Age: 31
Reach: 186cm
Height: 186cm
Record: 17-0-0, 7 KOs

Somebody’s 0 must go.

Jai Opetaia, the exciting Aussie fighter, was forced to vacate his IBF World cruiserweight title to take the payday against Ellis Zorro. He has another “three-fight deal that’s in the works with the Saudis” provided he puts on a show here.

Superb on his feet with the power to boot, Opetaia is expected to end this one early at $1.22 to win by knockout. Zorro has knockout power himself. However, he’s more methodical in his approach. He likes to sit back on his jab and fight at a slow pace. He’s going to struggle against Opetaia’s speed and rhythm, though.

Like any fight, both are a puncher’s chance. Zorro could cause an upset on the judge’s scorecards ($26) if he hurts Opetaia early and works the body from there. However, the more likely scenario is that Opetaia looks to use this opportunity on a stacked card to put his name in lights and put this one to bed early.

Best Bet JAI OPETAIA TO WIN IN ROUND 1-6 @ $1.96*

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