As we approach the midpoint of the year, we have already been treated with some fantastic fights in 2019. Looking at the schedule over the next few months, there should be many more great bouts to come.
For those wishing to have a punt on the action in June, here are the best bets for the month.
Anthony Joshua to Stop Andy Ruiz Jr. in Rounds 1-3
Anthony Joshua’s preparations for his debut in the United States as a professional were rocked last month when Jarrell Miller was forced to withdraw from their contest after testing positive for a banned substance. That left AJ’s promotional team rushing around for a suitable replacement and in the end, they went for Andy Ruiz Jr.
Your CHAMP 🥊🙌— Wembley Stadium (@wembleystadium) September 22, 2018
Anthony Joshua beats Alexander Povetkin by TKO in round 7 pic.twitter.com/lKr3gwsUFf
Joshua has won all 22 of his bouts since turning pro and it would be a huge upset if Ruiz Jr was to end his unbeaten record at Madison Square Garden in New York next month. This looks to be a much easier assignment for the British boxer than the unexposed Miller would have been. Bet on the reigning WBA, IBF and WBO champion to retain all three of his belts with an early stoppage inside three round can be backed at 2/1.
Anthony Yarde to Pull Off Upset Over Sergey Kovalev
There is a good chance Russia will be celebrating this month, as they have one of the favourites with Paddy Power to win the Eurovision Song Contest. However, celebrations in the country could soon turn to despair as Anthony Yarde has an excellent chance of upsetting their star boxer Sergey Kovalev when the pair meet in Moscow for the WBO light heavyweight title.
Yarde has been so impressive since turning pro in 2015. He has won all 18 of his fights, 17 of those have come by stoppages. This obviously is a huge step up in class as he is taking on a warrior in Kovalev who has been one of the dominant figures in this weight category over the last decade.
The key here, though, is that Yarde is almost 10 years younger than Kovalev. This could be a changing of the guard in the division so don’t be afraid to back Yarde at 2/1 to pick up the winner in Russia.
Josh Warrington to Retain World Title on Points
"In my heart of hearts…— Boxing on BT Sport 🥊 (@BTSportBoxing) 25 May 2019
I would like to see Josh Warrington
smash the ***** out of Kid Galahad.
I hope he beats him from pillar to post."
If you weren't sure whose side Carl Frampton is on for #WarringtonGalahad, you are now… 😳 pic.twitter.com/rODxZPK3K9
Josh Warrington is set to make his second defence of his IBF featherweight title next month against Kid Galahad in front of his home supporters in Leeds. Warrington has proved to be the number one British boxer in this division following impressive victories over Lee Selby and Carl Frampton.
Galahad goes into his first world title shot unbeaten, but this is his toughest test to date. Warrington should prove too strong for the Sheffield boxer but he must not underestimate the challenger.
It is unlikely to be an easy night for Warrington, therefore, back the IBF champion to win on points, where he is marginally odds against. Victory against Galahad should then set up a unification contest against one of the other three world champions in the division.
If you fancy throwing all three selections into a treble next month, it pays in the region of 18/1.