Boxing Predictions, Best Bets, Odds: Jake Paul vs Anderson Silva, Vasyl Lomachenko Top Picks

Boxing weekends don’t get much busier than what’s expected on Saturday. Four separate maps are set to launch around the world with varying levels of reputation between them. The biggest of the day is set to take place in Glendale, Arizona as social media star Jake Paul looks to continue his rise by taking on former UFC middleweight champion and all-time great Anderson Silva (9 p.m. ET, Showtime PPV).

“When you step into the ring, you have to be ruthless, savage, willing to do whatever it takes during the darkest moments in the ring. You have to be a killer or you’re going to be killed, so that’s where the problem child comes in,” Paul said at the latest press conference this week. “I’m a problem for anyone in the ring with me. I can kick you out anytime. I’m a different person. I don’t care about the consequences when I’m in the alter ego and I come alive when I step into the ring. It’s not Jake. I’m touching someone else.”

Earlier in the day, one of the greatest fighters in women’s boxing history returns to the ring as Katie Taylor defends her undisputed bantamweight title against Karen Elizabeth Carabajal (14:00, DAZN). Vasyl Lomachenko will also be in action when the pound-for-pound great takes on Jamaine Ortiz in a lightweight bout (6:15 p.m., ESPN+).

Saturday’s action concludes with another lightweight fight as Joseph “JoJo” Diaz Jr. fights undefeated power hitter William Zepeda (21:00, DAZN) in a fight that puts the loser at a significant disadvantage in a talent-laden division.

With such a loaded list, let’s take a look at our top three bets of the weekend with odds from Caesars Sportsbook.

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Vasily Lomachenko vs. Jamaine Ortiz under 10.5 rounds (-105)

I predicted Lomachenko by knockout in average circles in our official review. The fight under 10.5 actually gives you a better price than just taking Lomachenko by KO, TKO or DQ (-135). Ortiz is a good fighter, but he just doesn’t do anything as well as Lomachenko, and Lomachenko has dominated since losing to Teofimo Lopez. Richard Comey and Masayoshi Nakatani are ironclad fighters and Lomachenko took them both down – and stopped Nakatani. Lomachenko should do whatever he wants in this case and do it as he tries to make a statement and secure a shot against Devin Haynie and the undisputed lightweight title. Take the under and if you want to throw in a longer odds dart to spice things up, Lomachenko in rounds 4 to 6 is +500 and rounds 7 to 9 is +325.

Anderson Silva by decision (+500) vs. Jake Paul

It’s kind of a play based more on principle than anything else. While I think Paul will win this fight, possibly by knockout, the +500 line suggests odds of 16.67%. Silva by knockout is at +240. Those two lines need to be reversed, as Silva is far less likely to stop Paul than to use his frustrating, unorthodox style to rack up enough rounds to get his hand up by decision. Sometimes you have to take the value game, even if it goes against your expectations of combat.

Joseph Diaz (+145) vs. William Zepeda

Zepeda has the buzz of a 26-0 record and big, flashy power. Diaz is also fighting a weight class higher than where he was at his best, and that means he also faces a six-inch reach disadvantage. So it’s easy to see why Zepeda is the slight favorite in the fight. However, Zepeda didn’t look as dynamic against Rene Alvarado in his last outing, and his power didn’t do much against a higher-level opponent. Diaz is known for his durability and is very good at working his way to the inside, which will negate Zepeda’s reach advantage. Zepeda showed an inability to manage the distance against Alvarado, and that could be his undoing against someone as good on the inside as Diaz.

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