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Boxing odds: Frampton-Gonzalez, Chavez-Reyes, Abraham-Stieglitz IV, Quigg-Martinez, more

Tom Craze takes a look at the odds on this weekend's fights, a busy schedule packed with name fighters.

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Fans of channel-hopping rejoice. There's action from, well, all over the place this weekend - and while the quality varies considerably, it's enough to keep us all distracted from the fact that we don't have any other social plans this Friday and Saturday night. What do you mean, it's just me?

Carl Frampton (-3300) vs Alejandro Gonzalez Jr (+2350)

Frampton (20-0, 14 KOs), of Belfast, Northern Ireland, is probably the best fighter in action this weekend, but sadly he's not been matched tough. This is, however, the Ulsterman's first outing as part of Al Haymon's stable, his PBC debut, and the consolation is that things should get more interesting from here.

Gonzalez Jr (25-1-2, 15 KOs) is an unknown Mexican whose last five opponents have a total of 44 combined defeats. Frankly, he's been made to look Frampton look good and it's highly likely he will. The outright price on the Frampton win goes as short as 1/80 (-8000), with a best price of 2/9 (-450) available on him stopping the underdog. British firm Ladbrokes go +110 that the McGuigan protégé ends matters anywhere in the first half of the fight, and that's as good a price as any, if you fancy anything more than a watching brief.

Scott Quigg (-400) vs Kiko Martinez (+333)

This is the first of two co-mains on a decent-looking Matchroom card from Manchester, and while Quigg (30-0-2, 22 KOs), of Bury, isn't technically the hometown fighter, he's not far off. Enduring comparisons to his would-be domestic antagonist Frampton are inevitable here, as Quigg - the WBA's regular 122lb titlist beneath Guillermo Rigondeaux - retreads the same ground as the Northern Irishman against the gnarled Martinez (32-5, 24 KOs).

Given that Frampton's already beaten the Spaniard twice, it feels like Quigg's on a hiding to nothing here if it's bragging rights he seeks - for context, Frampton was a 1/6 (-600) favourite against Martinez last September - but it's far from the worst available match-up. Martinez - managed by his recently-retired, rather more famous Argentinian namesake - will come to win, but from this viewpoint looks old for 29, and the general 1/4 (-400) on Quigg, backed by a home crowd, to get the win seems about right. With most firms going slightly leaner, the even money on a Quigg decision looks a fair price - particularly given his opponent's record of one stoppage in five defeats - but a Quigg on form with his body attack could make things uncomfortable for the visitor. It's 13/5 (+260) that Quigg wins inside the distance, with Martinez 5/1 (+500) and 12/1 (+1200) to win by KO or on the cards respectively. The draw looks a little long at 28/1 (+2800), given the likely need for the judges.

Darleys Perez (-175) vs Anthony Crolla (+162)

Manchester's Crolla (29-4-2, 11 KOs) looks to claim the WBA's lightweight strap (1 of 3) in this, his return from injuries inflicted last December by burglars armed with - reportedly - a slab of concrete. Victory here rounds off the story. Perez (32-1, 20 KOs) is a Colombian pug probably remembered by most from his decision drop to Yuriorkis Gamboa in 2013, but claimed the interim title as part of a four-win streak that takes him into this. He comes into this as slight favourite, but it's tough to make too much of a claim for backing him at the price if Crolla's back to his best, and backing what is only a moderate South American who's (a) on the road in the UK, (b) facing a hometown favourite, and (c) at an odds-on quote looks like trouble.

Given the recent photos of Crolla in the gym, he looks in remarkable condition, and looks dramatically bigger than we've seen him before. Has he trained for strength? We'll see, but what it could mean is that the 11 KOs from 29 wins (37% KO/win) could be misleading. The Mancunian - obviously not renowned for his power - has however shown he's capable of stopping opponents, as the likes of John Murray and Stephen Foster would attest of late- and that out-hustling of Gavin Rees also bodes well for the underdog. The outright price on Crolla looks a solid bet alone, but it's the 9/1 (+900) that he closes the show early that looks most out of kilter, particularly if Perez wilts in what will be a partisan arena. There's 12/5 (+240) on Crolla claiming the decision, with Perez at 7/4 (+175) to prevail on the cards, and 5/2 (+250) to claim a stoppage of his own.

Arthur Abraham (-125) vs Robert Stieglitz (+130)

Now in their fourth meeting, Abraham and Stieglitz may carry on facing each other deep into their forties in German provincial towns, with 10,000 loyally cheering them on each time. Abraham (42-4, 28 KOs), is the slight favourite again here, as Stieglitz (47-4-1, 27 KOs) looked devastating in their initial rematch, but has been patchy ever since.


Julio Cesar Chavez Jr (-1000) returns in a get-well against Marcos Reyes (+750), while McJoe Arroyo (-500) and Arthur Villaneuva (+333) duke it out on the same card for the vacant IBF strap at 115lb.

Nonito Donaire (-10000) and Amir Imam (-10000) look like they've been put in a couple of squash matches, against Anthony Settoul (+2350) and Fernando Angulo (+1600) respectively, while Chris Arreola (-4100) is likely to make the squashing more literal against Fred Kassi (+1200).

Ik Yang (-650) is the latest Chinese hopeful on a Bob Arum card in Macau, but it's questionable whether he should be quite so slim a price against Cesar Cuenca (+600), who's 47-0. That said, given that Cuenca's racked up a mighty two stoppage wins in that impressive tally, the house fighter's chin can probably rest easy.

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