Like it or not, the biggest fight of this weekend is the matchup between YouTube names KSI and Logan Paul in Los Angeles, which headlines on DAZN.
It’s pretty hard to predict who will win — our staffers tried, except Wil, and kind of also except Lewis — because they’re both pretty much total unknowns in this world. Yeah, they did an amateur fight a bit over a year ago, but that was with headgear and also without the level of training they’ve done for this pro bout.
I doubt anyone is expect Ali-Frazier or even Mayweather-McGregor out of this, but for what it’s worth the oddsmakers favor Logan Paul in the six-round bout. Paul is listed between -165 and -263, with KSI between +135 and +194.
There are two world title fights on the undercard, which some people have the vapors about, being that they’re big important world title fights and will have to go on before the YouTube guys. But they’re also bad world title fights.
WBC lightweight titleholder Devin Haney and WBC super middleweight titleholder Billy Joe Saunders are both -10000 favorites on a lot of books against Alfredo Santiago and Marcelo Esteban Coceres, respectively. Saunders is between -5852 and -1000, specifically, and Coceres is listed between +1200 and +3600. Haney is between -9025 and -10000 for a fight that came together on about a week’s notice, with Santiago between +1600 and +4475.
If the DAZN show isn’t your flavor, try the ESPN+ card from Fresno, featuring Jamel Herring defending his WBO super featherweight title against Lamont Roach Jr, his mandatory challenger.
Herring and Roach may not be big superstars or tip-top elites in the sport, but this is a much more competitive-looking world title fight than the two in Los Angeles. Herring is favored between -302 and -459, with Roach the underdog between +220 and +336. Our staff have all picked Herring to retain.
As for the Kubrat Pulev vs Rydell Booker co-feature, well, that’s another story. Pulev is between -3108 and -5826, with Booker between +900 and +1742. It’s the heavyweights, so there’s always the big punch chance, but Pulev is the obvious and big favorite here.