The Light Welterweights take over Madison Square Garden in this June 10th bout between Teofimo Lopez and Josh Taylor. This bout gets streamed on ESPN+ in the United States and features two excellent fighters. Prelims proceed a few hours before. This bout starts a bit before Midnight (approximately) from New York City. Will Taylor keep his titles in the Light Welterweight Boxing Picks?
Below are the latest numbers from the best online boxing betting sites.
|Lopez vs Taylor Odds|
|Over 10.5 Rounds||-240||-235||-232|
|Under 10.5 Rounds||+165||+165||+162|
Josh Taylor seems like a defiant champion on his last legs. He is 19-0 with 13 knockouts. However, he comes into the fight at 32 years old. How long can the Scottish fighter keep doing this at this level? Light Welterweight Boxing Picks ponders how Taylor might look against a younger, more active pugilist. There are several obstacles staring Taylor in the face for this bout.
Taylor firmly believes he can knock fighters out, but his previous two fights makes this debatable. The Light Welterweight won by split decision over Jack Catterall. However, the hometown fight features some dubious scoring. That included where Paddy Power pulled all losing stakes off the board. In many eyes, Catterall won the fight and should have been awarded the belts.
This fight expects to showcase more power shots from Taylor. On the other hand, the big concern becomes ring inactivity. After all, the Scottish fighter has not fought in over 15 months. Some argued he has ducked fighters, including Jack Catterall. Furthermore, is Taylor in the best shape? Just because a fighter says he is “switched on” does not mean Taylor is. There are several red flags on both sides.
This weight class comes in with several very good prospects. However, this fight is a fight setting up a bigger fight Why? Simply, at some point Taylor has to fight Regis or Catterall. Some think this bout was arranged so that Taylor could look good and get back in the ring. Taylor began around -120 to -140 on the moneyline. His numbers moved to the -165 to -190 range for next Saturday’s bout. Again, Light Welterweight Boxing Picks has an easy target.
Now, the chances of a knockout seem to be decreasing by the minute. The dilemma is whether to go later with the knockout or move further into the props. Could an earlier KO, or even the under on rounds be enticing (Under 10.5 rounds is +162 on MyBookie)? With ring experience being a basic wash and Taylor being out of the ring for so long, there are some real concerns here for next weekend.
Yes, Taylor knows what he must do now and then next. To put a little fear in Catterall or whomever, the Scottish fighter needs to come up with a sterling effort versus Lopez. Now, that may be difficult to manage. That sets up a big match later in the year in the 140-pound division. Here is that moneyline number one more time in Light Welterweight Boxing Picks.
Teofimo Lopez gets an opportunity to make the most of a second chance against Taylor. The American fighter comes in as a former world champion, but that was in 2021 before he lost the title. Since that loss to George Kambosos Jr., Lopez won consecutive fights, but one by knockout and the other via split decision. Can Lopez show more of the form when he shocked Vasiliy Lomachenko. Lopez is only 25 and yet has some kind of resume.
With the Light Welterweight Boxing Picks, Lopez rolls in the +135 to +140 as an underdog for next Saturday night. That number lengthened very slightly compared to early April. So, Lopez has some respect from Taylor among the bettors, but little else. Expect Lopez to try and fight more than box Taylor. Can the American catch the Scottish fighter early by surprise?
Both fighters do have power but again Lopez must get in the first shot more often early. That keeps the entertainment value up early and sets up a slightly better chance for a knockout late. Again, expecting an early outcome is foolhardy. Most expect a decision and even there, Lopez by decision at +275 is a far better option than just picking the American on the moneyline.
Light Welterweight props for Saturday see enticing online boxing odds for this bout. Only a few props are what we would call appetizing. One of them is does the fight go the distance? That seems a safe -155. If one believes Taylor will get the benefit of a decision, that number peaks at +150.
So, what about a knockout? That seems a tall ask but if that were to happen, it feels likely in either round 11 or 12. Both fighters see an outcome there in the +2000 to +2500 range. Unless Lopez looks ragged, he might have a shot there too.
Light Welterweight boxing picks expect a Lopez decision over Taylor. Do not even be surprised by a possible draw.
Bovada, BetOnline, and MyBookie have these online betting sites to make more bets for next Saturday and throughout June.
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