Best Under Card Boxing Picks Before Pacquiao vs. Bradley Fight

Swinging Johnson

Saturday, April 9, 2016 12:23 PM UTC

Saturday, Apr. 9, 2016 12:23 PM UTC

The much anticipated showdown between Bradley and Pacquiao on April 9th is garnering all the attention, there are more opportunities on the boxing odds to cash.

Matthew Macklin vs. Brian Rose
In a WBC middleweight title eliminator many believe this one is just too close to call and will not be including either fighter in their boxing picks this coming Saturday night. But we have a different opinion. Both fighters have fought for world titles and both were defeated. The 33-year-old Matthew Macklin is a power puncher with 22 KO’s in his 34 victories but has been knocked out himself in four of his six losses. His opponent, 31-year-old Brian Rose has compiled a 27-3-1 record with eight knockouts to his credit but all three losses have come via TKO.

Brian Rose may not possess the raw power of his fellow Brit in this one but his boxing chops are sharper and his ability to feint and move laterally will keep Macklin swinging for the fences. He is also two inches taller than the 5’10” Macklin which will serve him well in keeping the big puncher at bay. It is imperative that Rose neutralize Macklin in the early going because that is when he is most likely to do serious damage. The later this fight goes the better for Brian Rose as Macklin has had stamina issues in the past. We believe Rose will wear down the aging Macklin and could finish him in the later rounds.

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Free Boxing Pick: Brian Rose -145
Best Line Offered: at Bookmaker


Charles Martin vs. Anthony Joshua
A pair of undefeated heavyweights lock up in an IBF title tilt with Charles Martin defending his strap against the WBC International champion Anthony Joshua. Though both come into this one with virtually spotless records (Martin has one draw), the boxing odds makers have made Joshua a heavy favorite by virtue of his 15 KO’s in 15 fights against no defeats. Martin is no slouch himself, having racked up a 23-0-1 mark with 21 KO’s to his credit.

This one should be a dandy with both fighters eyeing a big money fight against a high profile heavyweight like Tyson Fury, David Haye or Wladimir Klitschko. The British champ Joshua has the cachet of an Olympic gold medal hanging around his neck from 2012 but the American Martin has more professional experience and some would say has fought a better caliber opponent. However, the spotlight shines brightest on the Olympic star despite their trajectories being strikingly similar. I don’t see why the oddsmakers are so heavily favoring Joshua unless they believe the London venue and his high profile will lure squares to laying the lumber just because of it.

I am going to take what the bookmakers will give me and go with the southpaw and world champion Charles Martin. While Martin at 6’5” is an inch shorter than his opponent I don’t believe we can honestly avoid a return of close to 4-1 for no apparent reason other than Joshua will have his home crowd cheering. If this goes to the judge’s scorecards he may get the benefit of a hometown decision but chances are it will be over by then with Martin’s hand getting raised and our wallet getting fat.

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Free Boxing Pick: Charles Martin +350
Best Line Offered: at Bodog


Arthur Abraham vs. Gilberto Ramirez
The WBO Super Middleweight title is on the line and 35-year-old Arthur Abraham will look to defend it against Mexican sensation Gilberto Ramirez. Abraham is a talented and savvy veteran of the ring wars dating back to 2003 while the 24-year-old Ramirez has rattled off a 33-0 record with 24 KO’s on his resume. Something has to give and we believe this is the date that a new champion will be crowned.

Abraham has looked battle-worn over his last three performances, gaining an ever so narrow split decision over Martin Murray in his last fight, and has always been daunted by taller fighters with a longer reach than his. Ramirez fits that bill perfectly at 6’3” compared to Abraham’s more compact 5’11” frame. This will be the champion’s first fight under the white hot spotlight of Sin City while Ramirez has toiled there twice before including in his last fight which was a unanimous decision victory over Gevorg Khatchikian.

It is time to crown a new king and Gilberto Ramirez is ready to ascend to the throne.

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Free Boxing Pick: Gilberto Ramirez -205
Best Line Offered: at William Hill


Are You Ready For The Big Pacquiao vs. Bradley Fight?
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