Jermell and Jermall Charlo, Mairis Briedis, and Josh Taylor are the favorites to win the four-pack of world title main events we’ll see today, with two of the fights having very competitive lines, one that isn’t seen as a crazy mismatch, and one that is seen as a crazy mismatch
The Showtime pay-per-view where Jermell and Jermall will co-headline against Jeison Rosario and Sergiy Derevyanchenko, respectively, will start at 7 pm ET, and we’ll have full live coverage for the show starting then. It’s got six fights total, and despite the hype of how special the lineup is — five world title fights and an eliminator! — the betting odds see some pretty not special matchups in the group.
Jermall vs Derevyanchenko is seen as the more competitive of the two main events. Charlo is listed at -176 with BetMGM as of this writing, with Derevyanchenko at +150. The Ukrainian challenger does have his believers, but the WBC titleholder Charlo edges on the line.
Jermell Charlo vs Rosario is a bit wider, but again, not a crazy imbalance of talent on paper. Both men hold 154-pound belts, three of them total. Jermell is the more established fighter, however, and BetMGM have him at -455 right now, with Rosario, who has just the one big win to his credit so far, at +350.
BetMGM is listing three of the four undercard fights with these odds:
- Daniel Roman (-1250) vs Juan Carlos Payano (+700)
- Brandon Figueroa (-5000) vs Damien Vazquez (+1200)
- John Riel Casimero (-715) vs Duke Micah (+450)
The other fight on the show, Luis Nery vs Aaron Alameda, doesn’t have a BetMGM line as of this writing, but on various other books, Nery is favored between -2067 and -2500, with Alameda at +800 to +1448.
How to Watch the Charlo Doubleheader PPV
Date: Saturday, Sept. 26 | Start Time: 7:00 pm ET
Location: Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, CT
TV: Showtime PPV | Stream: Showtime.com
In Germany (DAZN, 3 pm ET), we’ll finally see the conclusion of the World Boxing Super Series cruiserweight tournament, which began in late 2018, about 23 months ago to be exact.
Yuniel Dorticos is the defending titlist in the fight, as he has the IBF title, but Briedis is generally ranked as the No. 1 man in the division by independent outlets, including us, with Dorticos the No. 2 fighter.
That’s about how the oddsmakers see it. Various books have Briedis a slight favorite, between -140 and -200, in what is widely expected to be a very competitive fight, and one that takes place technically on neutral ground between the Latvian Briedis and Cuba’s Dorticos.
Dorticos, who has big power, is listed between +120 and +150, so obviously not a significant underdog. Again, the general feeling is this one could go one way or another, much like Charlo-Derevyanchenko, and in both cases that’s an unfortunate rarity in world title fights.
How to Watch Briedis vs Dorticos
Date: Saturday, Sept. 26 | Start Time: 3:00 pm ET
Location: Plazamedia Broadcasting Center, Munich, Germany
Stream: DAZN (Sign Up Here)
Take, for instance, the fight in London (ESPN+, 2:30 pm ET), where Josh Taylor will defend the WBA and IBF junior welterweight titles against mandatory challenger Apinun Khongsong.
The mandatory part has to be noted, because Taylor would frankly be getting ripped apart for fighting someone this unproven in a world title fight otherwise. Khongsong has just one notable fight on his ledger, and beating Akihiro Kondo — with respect to Kondo — is not exactly beating Josh Taylor. Or close to it.
Oddsmakers see this one the way fans and media do, with Taylor listed between -3300 and -10000 (that’s not a typo). Khongsong’s upset is a major long shot, as he’s anywhere from +900 to +2530.
Also, since BetMGM have it listed, former flyweight Charlie Edwards is -1000 against Kyle Williams, who is at +600. Edwards is moving up to bantamweight for this fight, so a two-division jump, but Williams is just not expected to be good enough to pull it off.
How to Watch Taylor vs Khongsong
Date: Saturday, Sept. 26 | Start Time: 2:30 pm ET
Location: York Hall, London, England
TV: BT Sport (UK) | Stream: ESPN+ (US, Sign Up Here)