Canelo Alvarez and Daniel Jacobs meet on May 4 in a middleweight title-unification bout. This has the makings of a nice matchup, as Canelo takes on a real gem in Jacobs, a fighter whose size and power would appear to represent a threat to the favored Alvarez, 28. Get my betting insight on the fight as I break down each fighter’s strengths and weaknesses as well as my prediction to win.
James DeGale battles countryman Chris Eubank, Jr. is a super middleweight bout from the O2 Arena on February 23. This is a high-stakes domestic battle, reminiscent of some of England’s great 168-pound battles of the 80’s and 90’s—some of which involved Eubank, Jr’s father. Expert boxing analyst Loot Levinson evaluates both fighters and gives out his pick to win.
In welterweight action from Vegas, future Hall of Famer and former eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao takes on former champion Adrien Broner on January 19. It’s a high-profile pairing of names, with Pacquiao continuing a career that is now in its 25th year. He will have turned 40 by the night of this fight and has a big-name opponent in his way in the 29-year old Broner. Get Loot’s take on the Welterweight fight and his pick to win.
Rocky Fielding of Liverpool defends his WBA Super Middleweight title against one of the sport’s biggest stars in Canelo Alvarez. The 31-year old Fielding might not be known by fans on this side of the pond, but he’s a capable 168-pounder and if nothing else, the biggest fighter Canelo has faced. Alvarez, 28, is fresh off a September 15 win over GGG, with this being a fight not many expected so soon after such a tough fight against his arch-rival. Can Fielding catch Canelo looking past him or will Canelo overpower and out-skill a fighter in Fielding who might not quite be up-to-snuff for a challenge of this nature?
Deontay Wilder defends his WBC World Heavyweight Title against former Heavyweight Champion Tyson Fury in Los Angeles on December 1. This is a huge fight to end the year. Sportsbooks are flirting with making Wilder a 2-1 favorite. He currently sits at -175.