A couple of championship boxing matches happen over the weekend. On Saturday, Devin Haney puts his WBC World Lightweight title on the line versus Joseph Diaz Jr. Then on Sunday, Isaac Cruz challenges Gervonta Davis for Davis’ WBA Lightweight belt. We handicap and make picks for both championship bouts as well as a couple of intriguing non-title fight matches. Check out Boxing Odds on MyBookie, analysis, and predictions for this weekend top boxing matches.
Gervonta Davis and Devin Haney are in Action This Weekend
Top Weekend Boxing Betting Events
- When: Saturday, Dec. 4 – Sunday, Dec. 5
Lyndon Arthur +110 vs Anthony Yarde -140
Arthur has a fantstic 19-0 record with 13 knockout victories. On Saturday, the undefeated fighter faces the toughest opponent of his career.
Last year, Arthur beat Yarde via split-decision. A power puncher, Yarde has 20 knockouts from 21 victories. Yarde returned to the ring this past August and blasted Alex Theran.
But although Yarde looks primed to turn the tables on Arthur, the odds don’t justify a wager. Lyndon did win the first fight. He can make it two in a row.
Boxing Pick: Lyndon Arthur
Joseph Diaz Jr. vs Devin Haney | WBC World Lightweight Title
- When: Saturday, Dec. 4 at 10:00 pm ET
- Where: MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, NV
Why bet on Diaz Jr. to beat Haney?
With a 32-1-1 record, Joseph Diaz is the most accomplished boxer Devin Haney has ever faced. Diaz Jr. hasn’t lost a bout since 2018. The loss was to Gary Russell Jr. via unanimous decision.
Not only that, but Diaz heads into this after a victory. The challenger beat Javier Fortuna via unanimous decision in July.
Why bet on Haney to beat Diaz Jr.?
At 26-0, the champ looks like nothing will slow him down. Haney has beaten a couple of strong boxers in his last two title defenses.
He put a beating on Jorege Linares in a 12-round unanimous decision victory in May. Before beating Linares, Haney bested tough Youriarkis Gamboa via unanimous decision.
Final Boxing Betting Prediction: Joseph Diaz vs Devin Haney
If you like the champ, bet on Haney to win via another unanimous decision. His last three title defenses have ended in UDs.
There’s no reason to believe Haney knocks out a tough fighter like Diaz. But if you believe Diaz has a shot, you should go for it.
Diaz not only has a terrific chin, but he’s a stalker who cuts the ring off well. Not only that, but the challenger heads into this after a victory.
Haney fought Linares after the Venezuelan was well past his prime. He took on Gamboa after the tough Cuban boxer hadn’t fought in almost a year. Haney could go into the ring overconfident.
We think Diaz has a shot. We’re backing the challenger.
Boxing Pick: Joseph Diaz Jr.
Sebastian Fundora -325 vs Sergio Garcia +250
6’ 5” Sebastian Fundora fights in the super weltwerweight division, which means his 80” reach and height are always advantages.
The underdog has some talent, but he’s just 5’ 11” ½ inches tall. Fundora towers over 33-0 Sergio Garcia.
Almost as important? Sebastian is a southpaw, moves well for how tall he is, and uses his jab to set up power punches. Garcia, like every fighter, will have trouble closing the distance against Fundora. -325 makes the favorite an overlay.
Boxing Pick: Sebastian Fundora
Isaac Cruz vs Gervonta Davis | WBA Lightweight Championship
- When: Sunday, Dec. 5 at 8:00 pm ET
- Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
- TV / Streaming: Showtime PPV
Why bet on Cruz to beat Davis?
22-1-1 Isaac Cruz hasn’t tasted defeat since 2016. The tough fighter from Mexico has a daynamite chin and heads into this off a very good unanimous victory against top contender Francisco Vargas.
Also, Cruz doesn’t always go for the knockout. He uses his boxing skills to win rounds, which could serve him well versus the powerful Davis.
Why bet on Davis to beat Cruz
Gervonta Davis hits like a heavyweight. The champ is 24-0 with 25 knockout victories.
The knockouts are legit. Davis has KO wins against some of the best boxers in the world, including the very good Leo Santa Cruz. Davis knocked out Mario Barrios after moving up in weight and facing the then 26-0 champion.
Final Boxing Betting Prediction: Isaac Cruz versus Gervonta Davis
At this point in his career, Davis looks unbeatable. But although Gervonta should win, and let’s be honest, probably will, we’re taking a shot on Cruz.
Cruz has excellent defense, and like most brawlers from Mexico, Cruz knows how to fight inside. Davis is awesome. He has heavyweight power. But Cruz has an iron chin and hits hard.
If Isaac goes to the body early and closes the distance to prevent Gervonta from getting his power shots off, the challenger can pull off the upset win.
Boxing Pick: Isaac Cruz