If youíre looking out for some top-class boxing, then March is
definitely a month in which you canít afford to miss the in-ring action.
There are a number of high-profile fights scheduled to take place
throughout the month, with the likes of Deontay Wilder and Anthony
Joshua among the star attractions stepping into the squared circle
again. Here are five fights weíre especially looking forward to in
Kell Brook v Sergey Rabchenko
Sheffield born boxer Kell Brook (36-2, 25 KOs) moves up to
light-middleweight and tackles Belarusí former European champion Sergey
Rabchenko (29-2, 22 KOs) on the night of March 3. Both fighters will be
looking to bounce back from defeats when last in the ring.
Brook, 31, is a strong odds-on -1600 favorite
at William Hill
for victory over Ricky Hatton-trained Rabchenko (+800) despite
back-to-back losses first to Gennady Golovkin and then Errol Spence Jr.
The latter defeat ended Brookís near three-year reign as IBF
welterweight champ. Given the vastly superior opposition Brook has boxed
compared to Rabchenko, itís no surprise the former is so fancied for a
return to winning ways.
Deontay Wilder v Luis Ortiz
Reigning WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (39-0, 38 KOs)
targets a seventh successful defense of the strap against fellow
unbeaten pro Luis Ortiz (28-0-2, 24 KOs) at the Barclays Center in
Brooklyn, New York also on March 3. He is fancied to win at -275 over
the Cuban southpaw veteran.
Deep South native Wilder looks to add +210 fight chance Ortiz to a
list of beaten foes that include Bermane Stiverne, Eric Molina and
Audley Harrison. The Americanís reign has passed three years with the
WBC belt now and could well continue.
Dillian Whyte v Lucas Browne
Jamaican born WBC silver heavyweight champ Dillian Whyte (22-1, 16
KOs) makes his first defense of the belt against Australiaís Lucas
Browne (25-0, 22 KOs) at
the O2 Arena in London
on March 24. British representative Whyte is -300 to end his opponentís
Browne is a danger, though, and +225 to take the strap from Whyte
just over two years after winning the WBA (regular) heavyweight title,
which was later stripped from the Aussie for a failed drugs test.
Alexander Povetkin v David Price
Liverpoolís David Price (22-3-1, 18 KOs) has it all to do if he is to
dethrone reigning WBA intercontinental and WBO international heavyweight
champ Alexander Povetkin (33-1, 23 KOs) at the Principality Stadium in
Cardiff on March 31. Only Wladimir Klitschko has beaten the Britís
38-year-old Russian opponent before.
Povetkin is a strong -2000 favorite for victory, while Price is +800
to leave the Welsh capital with the belts. Both boxers have recent wins
over Romaniaís Christian Hammer on their CVs.
Anthony Joshua v Joseph Parker
The main event of
the card containing the
Price v Povetkin fight sees
fellow Briton and WBA (Super), IBF and IBO heavyweight champ Anthony
Joshua (20-0, 20 KOs) seek to unify those straps with the WBO belt held
by New Zealandís Joseph Parker (24-0, 18 KOs).
Something has to give as two unbeaten records are put on the line in
Cardiff, but Watford native Joshua is -800 favorite for yet another win.
Parker, meanwhile, is +500 to unify the belts.