Friday night (October 21st) kicks off this weekend’s boxing calendar, and several betting lines are appearing at sportsbooks for international fights, including 5Dimes
. Check back later in the week to see if additional lines or over/under betting opens up. The Sleeman Sports Complex in Chandler, Australia hosts welterweight 12-round action as champion Jeff Horn (14-0-1) faces off against Rico Mueller (20-1-1) for the IBF Intercontinental title belt. Horn is nicknamed “The Hornet” and represented Australia at the 2012 London Olympic games, entering the pro ranks with a lot of national interest in his career. He has been on a fast track, winning multiple regional belts as his career progressed, and this fight against Mueller sees him making the fourth defense of his IBF Intercontinental belt. Horn is a massive -2000 favorite (bet $2,000 to win $100) over Mueller, who is returning at +1100 (bet $100 to win $1,100). The German Mueller is 1-1 in fights outside of his home country, and Australia is obviously a completely different trip than to Poland or Luxembourg, where his other fights took place. Nevertheless, Mueller is riding an impressive 11-fight winning streak. The Meadowbank Sports Centre in Edinburgh, Scotland will also host flyweight action, as popular Andrew Selby (5-0) returns to take on Hermogenes Elizabeth Castillo (11-0) of Nicaragua. Selby is the popular brother of IBF world featherweight champion Lee Selby, and Andrew has joined the pro ranks after an extensive amateur career that included a run of 9-1 in the “World Series of Boxing” promotions. Castillo is a 21-year-old adding valuable experience here early in his career, but he has never fought in anything but four- and six-round bouts until this one. Selby enters a prohibitive favorite at -4000 while Castillo is returning at +1600. A Super Lightweight 12-rounder between Dave Ryan (17-9) and Josh Taylor (6-0) for the vacant Commonwealth title at 140 pounds will take place there as well and has a more competitive line. Taylor’s long amateur pedigree still sees the 25-year-old heavily favored in this one at -650. Ryan, the +475 underdog, is returning to compete after a layoff of more than a year, and we last saw him losing the Commonwealth and WBC International titles to John Wayne Hibbert in September of 2015 via 10th-round TKO. Prior to that, he had stopped Hibbert in the nine round back in May of 2015 to win the titles.