Most of the boxing world is on its holidays, but a few fighters are enrolled in summer school.
Carl Frampton is looking to give a boxing lesson to Mexican prospect Andres Gutierrez, while Mikey Garcia and Adrien Broner are battling for a spot in the pound-for-pound class.
Oh, and don’t forget that Irish super star Katie Taylor makes her debut on the other side of the Atlantic as well.
Frampton v Gutierrez – Bet now
Last time Frampton fought in Belfast he was making the first defence of his super bantamweight world title but since then he unified the division, beat a superstar champion in the featherweight division and, most recently, suffered his first loss.
That defeat came six months ago and to get back in the title mix Frampton has to get past Gutierrez. This contest is officially an eliminator for Gary Russell Jr’s title, but if Frampton wins he more likely to take on fellow Brit and featherweight title-holder Lee Selby.
Frampton has stated that he’s not overlooking his opponent this weekend, so we shouldn’t either. Gutierrez has notched up 35 wins in 37 outings and he’s still only 24. The Mexican has fought twice in the US, however the rest have been in his homeland and a trip to Northern Ireland might be a step too far.
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Gutierrez has a decent jab and some power, but he looks like he’s punching through treacle. Paddy is right to make him a big underdog and beating him should be a piece of cake for a sharp and focused Frampton.
Some might question ‘The Jackal’s’ motivation for this fight, however the only time he struggled against an inferior opponent was when he travelled to the US for the first time and was caught early by some solid shots.
Frampton only has one KO win in his last six contests, but he can improve that ratio in this bout.
The home favourite is better than evens to win by KO, but we can beat that. All of Frampton’s KOs have come before the end of round 9 and three of his last five have come in rounds 4-6.
Bet of the bout: Frampton to win in rounds 4-6 – 5/1.
Garcia v Broner – Bet now
There’s no title on the line and there doesn’t need to be when you put three-weight world champion Garcia against four-weight boss Broner at the Barclays Center in New York. The winner will get his name on the mythical pound-for-pound list and a real earnings boost.
As with most pound-for-pound match-ups, weight is a big talking point. This fight has been made at 140lbs, the super lightweight limit. The unbeaten Garcia has only ever had two bouts above 130lbs and he’s admitted this is as heavy as he would go.
Broner was virtually untouchable below 135lbs in his early career, but since then he’s moved up two divisions and suffered two defeats. A combination of weight jumps, poor preparation and questionable tactics put ‘The Problem’ off his game.
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If Broner is a bit tubby this time and he misses weight, he’ll be hit with a half-million dollar fine. Although by look of the American’s social media output he’s ready to rumble. An on-point Broner would be the biggest and best opponent Garcia has faced, yet he’s a chunky 5/2 to win.
Garcia has a sort of Golovkin style – patient, persistent and lots of power – and a tear-up will almost always go his way because his fundamentals are flawless. The Mexican-American is 2/1 to inflict the first KO defeat on Broner.
‘AB’ knows all the tricks to negate an opponent’s power and his losses have come against volume punchers. The way to beat Garcia is to control the distance with a good jab and Broner has the reach and ability to do that.
Bet of the bout: Broner to win on points – 4/1
The undercard in New York is stacked higher than a serving of pancakes in a local diner and keep an eye out for Ireland’s boxing sensation Katie Taylor’s fight with America’s Jasmine Clarkson.
Clarkson is a big underdog and has lost more times than she’s won, but she’s never been stopped.
Taylor has eight rounds to do the business and don’t expect her to need all of them.
* All odds correct at time of posting.