Boxing Preview: Weekend Odds from Around the Globe

130410-donaire-rigondeaux-donaire-1024The Coliseo Roberto Clemente in San Juan, Puerto Rico has a Top Rank card scheduled for Friday, December 11th, whose main events will air on TruTV. The big fight on the card is a Super Bantamweight 12-round match featuring former four weight division world champion Nonito Donaire (35-3) taking on Cesar Juarez. The sport books have Donaire a (-1375) favorite over Juarez, who is returning (+900). The fight sees the WBO International title on the line, and that is a step back in competition for Donaire and a big step up in competition for Juarez. Juarez is nine years younger than Donaire at 24 years old and he is defending the belt he won this past July when he defeated Juan Carlos Sanchez Jr. Even if he has slowed down a bit at 33 years old, Donaire’s experience and skill should make up for it, as Donaire at one point in his career was a top 10 pound-for-pound fighter. The co-feature Lightweight is scheduled for 10 rounds and has the WBO Latino belt on the line. Felix Verdejo is the 22 year old, undefeated prospect out of Puerto Rico while Josenilson Dos Santos (27-3) is 1-2 in his last three fights and is making his first appearance of 2015. Dos Santos is a huge (+3000) underdog to Verdejo, who is paying out at (-7500). The VTB Ice Palace in Moscow, Russia is the place to be Saturday night, December 12th, as Roy Jones Jr, who is a former US Olympian and is now a Russian citizen, takes on Enzo Maccarinelli in a match that is getting a lot of attention for the promoters. Jones Jr. is now 46 years old, but he continues to chase a world title at Cruiserweight. In Maccarinelli, he is facing a fighter who is also past his prime but was once a world champion, and that makes him the best fighter Jones has faced in years. The books have a very competitive line for this one, as Jones Jr is a (-140) favorite, with Maccarinelli coming back at (+120). There is no over/under for the 12-round bout as of yet. If the two men were meeting in their primes, Jones Jr would likely wipe te floor with Maccarinelli but that is not the case for this fight. Maccarinelli is 11 years younger at 35 years old, and his top moments when he was Cruiserweight World Champion were less than 10 years ago, whereas for Jones Jr. it has been more than 10 years since he held a legitimate major World title. A loss here for Jones Jr could put him on Russia’s Mickey Rourke circuit. The Brondby Hallen in Brondby, Denmark hosts a Light Heavyweight bout between two of the country’s best known boxers. The match sees 24 year old Patrick Nielsen (27-1) as he faces 38-year old veteran Rudy Markussen (39-3). For Nielsen, this is his fifth fight of 2015, while Markussen’s bout this past September was his first fight in nearly three years. The books have Nielsen a strong (-1475) favorite over Markussen, who is returning at (-1475).

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