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KIKO seeks revenge, FRAMPTON guarantees a win.
Frampton -200; Martinez +160
Over 10.5 +105; under 10.5 -115

Carl Frampton, fighting at home in Belfast, is favoured to confirm superiority and take Kiko Martinez’s IBF junior featherweight championship in their rematch on Saturday (TV coverage on BoxNation in Britain and AWE in the U.S.),  but Martinez is fighting better than at any stage in his career, with three consecutive stoppage wins in title fights.
 
Although Frampton stopped the Spanish boxer in the ninth round in Belfast in February 2013, he will arguably face a much more formidable version of Martinez.

GLYN LEACH: Boxing Monthly editor will be missed by all who knew him.

It’s been 24 hours since I learned of Glyn Leach’s passing at the far too young age of 54 and I still can’t quite get over it. It’s almost as if I’m expecting the phone to ring and to hear his voice: “Well, what did you make of Kell Brook, then?”
 
Glyn was more than a colleague of many years standing but a true friend. I worked with him in the original offices of Boxing Monthly at Notting Hill Gate in west London from 1991/92, when I was editing the magazine, but in reality I was helping Glyn to make the transition from assistant editor to editor. Glyn took over when I re-crossed the Atlantic in 1992 and he became perhaps the longest-term editor of a boxing magazine that Britain has ever known — a remarkable 22-year run, although it helped that he was his own boss as co-owner of the magazine, after the original publishing company dissolved.

PORTER, BROOK: Well-matched fight. / Photo: Esther Lin, Showtime
Porter -175; Brook +145
Over 10.5 -130; under 10.5 +115

British welterweights John H. Stracey and Lloyd Honeyghan were huge underdogs when they travelled to Mexico City and Atlantic City respectively to win world titles.
 
Kell Brook isn’t nearly such a big outsider when he meets Shawn Porter in an IBF title bout at the StubHub Center in the Los Angeles suburb of Carson, CA, on Saturday, but he is an underdog nonetheless.

CANELO, LARA: Long, tense fight looks likely. / Photo: SUMIO YAMADA
Alvarez -150; Lara +130
Over 9.5 -195; under 9.5 +155

Saturday’s big PPV fight between Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Erislandy Lara should tell us a lot about Canelo. The ginger-haired Mexican superstar was disappointing against Floyd Mayweather Jr. but came back to beat up Alfredo Angulo. If Canelo is destined for greatness he should be able to win this 12-round junior middleweight match at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
 
Canelo opened as just a -140 favourite but money has been coming in on him and his current price is around -200. I agree with the Canelo money. While this fight is intriguing and evenly matched, I’m going with Canelo.

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MAYWEATHER, MAIDANA; Challenger will give his all. / Photo: SUMIO YAMADA
Mayweather -750; Maidana +380
Over 11.5 -250; under 11.5 +185

When the Floyd Mayweather-Marcos Maidana rematch was announced, I struggled to get enthused. As always happens though, by fight day — today — I’m intrigued.
 
Last time the two met, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, where the rematch will take place — Showtime PPV in the States and BoxNation subscription-TV coverage in the U.K. — Mayweather pulled away in the late rounds for what seemed to be a clear win. Hold on a minute, though. One judge had the fight a draw and there were observers who made this a close fight. So, here we go again.