There’s thrilling action from either side of the pond this weekend as Ireland’s favourite daughter Katie Taylor returns to action in London, and former pound-for-pound king Vasyl Lomachenko headlines in the Big Apple.
Both fighters are favoured to win these comeback fights fairly comfortably, but we’ve crunched the numbers and squeezed some value out in a tempting 8/1 weekend boxing Acca.
Alongside William Zepeda – who headlines in San Diego – we’ve sized up a treble, kicking off inside the Wembley Arena on Saturday night.
Check out the legs to our 8/1 Big Boxing Acca here:
Katie Taylor to beat Karen Elizabeth Carabajal by Decision or Technical Decision
It’s tempting to take a look at Karen Elizabeth Carabajal’s record of 19-0 and assume that Katie Taylor will have a big test in front of her this weekend.
The Irish superstar is returning after a brutal, successful war with Amanda Serrano in April, looking to move to 22-0 in defence of her undisputed lightweight crown.
But with a combined record of 83-100-22, Carabajal has amassed her 19-0 unbeaten record against limited opposition.
And also, she has just two knockouts on her record, meaning that Taylor will be confident in taking more risks on Saturday without the fear of some serious heat in riposte.
We’re not sure Taylor will get the stoppage, but she should get the “dub” – two-minute rounds over 10 mean she only has 20 minutes to get her foe out of there, which usually leads to decision wins (Taylor only has 6 KOs on her record herself).
Vasyl Lomachenko to beat Jamaine Ortiz by KO, TKO or Disqualification
Assuming there are no underlining health issues with “Hi-Tech” Lomachenko, then the Ukrainian should comfortably deal with the challenge of Ortiz on Saturday in Manhattan.
Since his shock-upset loss to Teofimo Lopez in 2020, the 34-year-old southpaw has handed out defeats to Richard Commey (UD12) and Masayoshi Nakatani (TKO9), rebuilding towards a world title opportunity in the bustling lightweight division.
Ortiz is unbeaten and has been spring-boarded into this opportunity by retiring Jamel Herring in an impressive performance in May, but having only contested one 10-rounder will be well out of his depth against the former multi-weight world champion.
Lomachenko is battling against Father Time and will be eager to impress in Manhattan.
He has only stopped two of his last six opponents, but Ortiz is a prime candidate for a tricky night inside the Matrix.
William Zepeda to beat JoJo Diaz by KO, TKO or Disqualification
Blink, and you’ll miss William Zepeda.
The 26-year-old has run 26-0 in his career to date, stopping 23 of his opponents with a vicious left hand.
The southpaw enjoyed a 15-fight KO streak before settling for a UD10 win over Rene Alvarado in May and has faded former champion JoJo Diaz next on his hit list.
Diaz is far from finished but is certainly declining as a top contender.
The 29-year-old was competitive last December against the now-undisputed lightweight king, Devin Haney, but will have to stay switched on for 36 minutes against a younger guy who can switch your lights off in a flash.
We’re pretty high on Zepeda’s credentials and reckon he can add to his KO record this weekend.
* Betting odds correct at the time of publication. All odds are subject to changes.