Hopkins–Taylor Heads Up Busy Saturday

TODAY (July 16)

Las Vegas — World 160-lb. title
BERNARD HOPKINS -180
JERMAIN TAYLOR +160
Youth vs. experience

HOPKINS–TAYLOR
— Will go full distance -190
— Will end inside distance +170

— Hopkins will not win by 12-rd. decision -140
— Hopkins will win by 12-rd. decision +130

— Taylor will not win inside distance -650
— Taylor will win inside distance +550

— No Knockdowns will occur -220
— A Knockdown will occur +200

— No penalty points will be assessed -1800
— A penalty point will be assessed +1200

— Taylor wins first round -110
— Hopkins wins first round +100
(Source: Lederman’s HBO scorecard)

— Hopkins lands higher % of punches -140
— Taylor lands higher % of punches +130
(Source: Compubox stats)

— Taylor lands more jabs -135
— Hopkins lands more jabs +125
(Source: Compubox stats)

— Taylor throws more punches -110
— Hopkins throws more punches +100
(Source: Compubox stats)

Las Vegas — WBC 122-lb. title
OSCAR LARIOS -350
WAYNE McCULLOUGH +300

LARIOS–McCULLOUGH
— Will go full distance -270
— Will end inside distance +250
Why does McCullough keep getting title shots?

Las Vegas — WBO 115-lb. title
FERNANDO MONTIEL -1000
EVERT BRICENO +800
Briceno’s first fight outside of Nicaragua

Las Vegas — Jr. Middleweights
VERNON FORREST -2400
SERGIO RIOS +2000
Rios is 6-1. Why was this fight passed?

Bolton, UK — British Welterweight title
MICHAEL JENNINGS -400
JIMMY VINCENT +350

JENNINGS– VINCENT
— Will go full distance -240
— Will end inside distance +220
At 26-0, Jennings gets biggest test here

Bolton, UK — British Heavyweight title
MATT SKELTON -1700
MARK KRENCE +1300
Krence is late sub; Danny Williams pulled out with “flu”

Bolton, UK — Lightweights
AMIR KHAN–DAVID BAILEY
— Will go full distance -200
— Will end inside distance +180
Pro debut for heralded Khan; Bailey usually takes things the distance

Nurnberg, Germany — Middleweights
ARTHUR ABRAHAM -110
HOWARD EASTMAN +100

ABRAHAM–EASTMAN
— Fight will go full distance -260
— Fight will end inside distance +240
Abraham ‘s last stop before a title shot; he’s got hometown edge

Nurnberg, Germany — European Super Middleweight title
VITALI TSYPKO -240
BRIAN MAGEE +220

TSYPKO–MAGEE
— Fight will go full distance -140
— Fight will end inside distance +130
Tsypko had no contest with Jeff Lacy last year

Nurnberg, Germany — European Middleweight title
SEBASTIAN SYLVESTER -125
MORRADE HAKKAR +115

SYLVESTER–HAKKAR
— Fight will go full distance -190
— Fight will end inside distance +170
Hakkar’s won three straight after losing to Hopkins

Nurnberg, Germany — Super Middleweights
CRISTIAN SAVANIA -200
DANILO HAUSSLER +180

SAVANIA–HAUSSLER
— Fight will go full distance -400
— Fight will end inside distance +350
Haussler’s stock is way down

Rome — Heavyweights
VINCENZO CANTATORE -220
EDSON CESAR ANTONIO +200
Cantatore back after a year layoff; Antonio is 19-0 but untested

Salvador, Brazil – Lightweights
ACELINO FREITAS–FABIAN SALAZAR
— Will end before Round 7 -155
— Will enter Round 7 +145
Freitas keeps busy in relative mismatch

Kinder, LA — Jr. Welterweights
JUAN DIAZ–ARTHUR CRUZ
— Will end before Round 7 -170
— Will enter Round 7 +160
Cruz has lost four of last six