Boxing Odds: Matthysse vs. Kiram -- One More for the Underdogs

Jason Lake

Thursday, January 25, 2018 9:36 PM UTC

Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018 9:36 PM UTC

Now that we’ve covered Saturday’s co-main event at The Forum in L.A., it’s time to make our boxing picks for the welterweight title fight between Lucas Matthysse and Tewa Kiram.

Lucas Matthysse vs. Tewa KiramFree Boxing Pick: Kiram +825Best Line Offered: Youwager

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What’s in a name? Everything, if you’re the World Boxing Association. Their welterweight champion since 2015 is Keith Thurman, but hold on: Thurman was elevated to “Super Champion” in November 2016, even though he had yet to unify any titles. That left the “Regular” welterweight title vacant. Interim champion David Avanesyan was promoted to Regular champion, but he dropped the belt to Lamont Peterson last February – and Peterson vacated the title so he could fight (and lose to) Errol Spence Jr. last week.

Which brings us to Saturday’s main event at the Fabulous Forum in Inglewood, Calif. After Jorge Linares defends his WBA lightweight title against Mercito Gesta on HBO’s Boxing After Dark (10:30 p.m. ET), Lucas Matthysse and Tewa Kiram will tango for the vacant Regular welterweight strap. And Matthysse is a pretty big favorite, pegged between –800 and –1650 on the boxing odds board as we go to press.

Power Thai

Before we get too far down the road, there’s a smidge of arbitrage available on Saturday’s main event, but only a smidge: You can bet Matthysse (43-4, 1 NC; 35 KOs) at –800 to win through Matchbook, and Kiram (38-0, 28 KOs) at +825 to win through Youwager. That’s hardly worth rolling out of bed for, though, so let’s move on.

Sadly, there’s nothing available on the props market for the main event – which says a lot about what people think of the Regular title. There isn’t even a total on the number of rounds for this bout. The only option at press time for our boxing picks is the moneyline; either we get chalky with Matthysse, the former WBC interim super-lightweight champion in 2012-13, or we take our chances with Kiram, who built his undefeated record fighting in his native Thailand.

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Here's Teerachai Kratingdaenggym (Tewa Kiram) brutally KOing Vijender Kumar in the ninth round last February. Kiram was 36-0 at the time, Kumar was making his pro debut. Kiram now faces Lucas Matthysse on @HBOboxing this Saturday.

— Corey Erdman (@corey_erdman) January 24, 2018

As with Gesta in the co-main event, Kiram has been brought in by Golden Boy Promotions as a stepping stone for Matthysse, a 35-year-old from Argentina who has built at least some following since turning pro in 2005. And once again, we find ourselves left wanting here at the ranch. Matthysee has power, he’s got gumption, but he’s way down the list of the world’s top pound-for-pound fighters, holding down the No. 178 spot at BoxRec. Might as well throw a few baht at Kiram as the naturally larger fighter and a live dog in the squared circle.

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