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Welcome to Loot's boxing section where he offers free boxing picks which includes previews with analysis on all of the big fights! The Lootmeister site is jam-packed with articles offering tips, strategy and advice on all major sports, but betting on fights is Loot's bread and butter! He's a true professional when it comes to knowledge of the ring as you'll find by reading his insightful match previews!

He doesn't just offer fight predictions with analysis though! There's far more than that here! The left menu consists of a plethora of articles that offer boxing betting tips, wagering strategy and gambling advice that WILL help increase your odds of putting a haymaker on your bookie! In the lower right menu, you'll find bios of the greatest fighters of all time and Loot even shares his knowledge of the sport, with a ton of info on how to box, as he was once a brawler and is now a trainer as well. Enjoy!


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The heavyweight division is heating up and two young players will do battle on September 23, as Joseph Parker defends his WBO heavyweight title against unbeaten Brit Hughie Fury. With Parker 25 and Fury just 22, this is the young wave and the winner of this bout will be in a great spot to book some huge fights. This particular matchup is a fascinating mix of styles and the closeness of the odds illustrate what a well-matched bout this is. Any number of different possibilities suggest themselves. Loot breaks down the fight and offers his pick here! Joseph Parker vs. Hughie Fury Pick - 9/23

In what should be the biggest fight of the year in boxing, middleweight champ Gennady Golovkin takes on Saul "Canelo Alvarez on September 16. It's a long-awaited battle that has fans pining. On one hand, you have the unbeaten champ Golovkin, a murderous-hitting champion who has left a trail of fallen bodies in his rise to the top. In the other corner is the wildly-popular Mexican superstar Canelo Alvarez. The young star has racked up some big wins, but a win here would really propel him to full-fledged international superstar status. It's the biggest fight in both men's careers, a defining fight that will define their legacies. Loot expertly breaks down the fight in this article, along with his betting pick. Take a look! Gennady Golovkin vs. Canelo Alvarez Pick - 9/16

In a superfight to end all superfights, Floyd Mayweather will take on Conor McGregor in a boxing match on August 26! On one hand, it's difficult to think much of a fighter like McGregor in this spot, taking on an all-time great in his pro boxing debut. At the same time, if you had to pick a UFC star who might be up for the challenge, the murderous-punching McGregor would be a good candidate. In this article, Loot weighs all the variables and offers his betting pick. Take a look, as Loot breaks down this unique cross-sport attraction. Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor Pick - 8/26

X-Factors for the Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor Fight - In a fight as bizarre as the upcoming August 16th matchup between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor, a straightforward fight analysis could potentially fail to capture the essence of the fight itself. It's one of those fights where an outside-the-box approach is in order. In this article, Loot attempts to identify the various X-factors that could possibly (not that they will) throw a different light on the fight. Take a look, as Loot attempts to solidify the fortress as fight-night is quickly approaching.

Changing of the Guard in Boxing - Recent Frenzy of Retirements - In just the past few weeks, we have seen a handful of stalwarts in the game decide to step away from the sport. It's odd that in a short span, we'd see such a rash of fighters announcing their retirement, but such is the case with Robert Guerrero, Tim Bradley, Wladimir Klitschko, and Juan Manuel Marquez all recently stepping away from the spotlight. In this article, Loot breaks down each fighter and their legacy. Take a look!

Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor Betting - Exercising Caution - When a fight is as big as the upcoming August 26 bout between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor, it's pretty easy for people to become married to their views on the fight. The bigger the fight and the more at stake, the deeper the feelings and opinions are with the bettors. The result could be an overly gung-ho aproach to betting this fight. In this article, Loot illustrates why both sides of the fight should be careful before getting carried away on this fight from a wagering standpoint.

The Best Bet You Can Make on Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor - It can be difficult to fathom the sheer amount of different bets being offered for the August 26 Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor fight. It's almost too much to process with so many bets being offered. It's like a Super Bowl with the number of different positions you can take on this fight. In this article, Loot navigates through the morass of different wagers and comes up with what he feels is the best bet on the board. Take a look, as we get our ducks in a row for the big fight!

Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor - Ignore the Hype - For a variety of reasons, we live in a day and age where a higher premium is placed on words--whether it be talking or on social media. That wasn't always in the case and that's especially true when it came to two men fighting. After all, if two men are going to fight, then all the pre-fight chit-chat was null and void, right? Nowadays, it's not always the case, as fans and bettors alike are often swayed, and sometimes dramatically, by what occurs in the buildup to a fight. In this article, Loot reminds us how to keep all the hysteria in perspective.

Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor - Betting on a Knockout - Here we have yet another angle upon which to bet the upcoming Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor fight. In this one, we examine the possibility that this fight ends in a knockout. That can apply to the fight in general or that one of the fighters will win by KO. As you will see in this article, the different betting options just on the fight ending in KO are vast. Loot will help you navigate the landscape, with explanations of all the different bets and an examination of the odds and betting value.

The Best Bet You Can Make on Gennady Golovkin vs. Canelo Alvarez - While another fight has stolen some heat from this event, in terms of hardcore boxing action, it doesn't get much bigger than Gennady Golovkin vs. Canelo Alvarez. The fight is huge and the betting always follows suit. This fight will generate massive wagering interest and to accommodate that, the books put out every type of bet imaginable. It can be a little overwhelming with the sheer amount of different bets being a bit disorienting. In this article, Loot cuts through all the brush to find the one nugget--his favorite bet on the board. Check it out!

Why You Should Bet on Canelo Alvarez against Gennady Golovkin - While the Mayweather-McGregor is getting a lion's share of the attention at the moment, we also have the huge Canelo vs. GGG looming. The September 16 bout promises to be the fight of the year, an evenly matched bout where opinions are split and the stakes are super-high. In this article, we explore the winning case for Alvarez. If Alvarez is going to pull off the career-defining win, it will be for these reasons. Take a look!

Why You Should Bet on Gennady Golovkin against Canelo Alvarez - With the September 16 Gennady Golovkin vs. Canelo Alvarez fight, we have a bout with close odds where the opinions are split and very strong on both sides. At Lootmeister, we like to explore the full scope of possibilities. In this article, Loot entertains the case of the 37-0 Gennady Golovkin, listing the most-compelling reasons why you can justify betting on him. Take a look, as Loot breaks down why betting on GGG might be a good idea.

Gennady Golovkin vs. Saul Alvarez Betting - Exercising Caution - We feel that is good to feel positive about a bet you made. You should have confidence. But in fights like Gennady Golovkin vs. Canelo Alvarez, where a sound case can be made on both sides, it's important to at least ponder the downside. If you are too certain, that means you're overlooking something. Loot isn't trying to tell you who to pick here, he's just showing equanimity and exploring the downside of both sides of the bet. Before making a bet, check out this article. Maybe it will help you develop a more even-handed view of the fight.

Why You Should Bet on Floyd Mayweather Against Conor McGregor - As we explore all the possibilities for the upcoming Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor fight, we come to the easiest part of the equation--making a case for Floyd Mayweather to win. In this article, Loot reviews all the good reasons to take a position on Floyd Mayweather to win this superfight. For those looking to bet on the fight, here are a compelling list of reasons to bet on the favorite, the 49-0 future Hall of Famer Floyd "Money" Mayweather. Take a look!

Why You Shouldn't Bet on Floyd Mayweather Against Conor McGregor - Here at Lootmeister, we are covering all angles in the August 26 Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor bout. We feel that even the best bets you make where you feel the strongest about it, it's still critical to explore the possible downside of that bet. Our article on why you should bet on Mayweather shows why it's a good idea. In the spirit of equanimity, we now go over the different reasons why betting on Floyd might not be the best idea. Check it out!

Why You Should Bet on Conor McGregor Against Floyd Mayweather - Some might find it surprising that Conor McGregor is being given a chance by so many people to beat 49-0 Floyd Mayweather in his pro debut in boxing. He is a big underdog and rightfully so. But for those looking to take a gamble on the Irish underdog, there is a case for him, or at least a route to possible victory. In this article, Loot explores the case for McGregor to emerge victorious. Take a look and see if the case is strong enough for you to take a splash with a bet on the big fight!

Why You Shouldn't Bet on Conor McGregor Against Floyd Mayweather - Again here at Lootmeister, we're trying to cover all bases for the August 26 megafight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor. We are covering all angles and in doing so, we're exploring the upside and drawbacks for betting each man. In our article on why it's a good idea to bet on McGregor, we took an optimistic view, while in this article, we go over the reasons betting on McGregor might not be such a hot idea. Take a look, as we continue getting our ducks in a row for the big fight!

How to Bet on Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor - The interest is pretty strong for the Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor fight. Beyond that is the fact that it's one of those fights where the opinions one way or the other will be very strong. It all builds up for what should be one of the biggest boxing betting nights in years. The number of different angles you can take on this fight from a wagering standpoint will be head-spinning. Loot breaks it all down here in this one handy article, with explanations on the odds and all the different bets that will be available for Mayweather vs. McGregor. Take a look!

Betting on Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor - The Total - When superfights of this nature occur, the betting action is going to be hot and heavy. Other than picking a winner in a boxing match, the rounds total proposition, also known as the over/under, is the most-popular of the prop bets. It's not about who wins, it's about how long the fight will last. And there might actually be better value here than in the bet where you just pick a winner. In this piece, Loot breaks down the odds of this wager, while making a case for both sides of the bet, followed by his pick. Check it out!

Pros and Cons of the Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor Fight - The Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor fight is upon us, scheduled for August 26 in Las Vegas. The fight will do tremendous business, as each fighter stands to earn a ridiculous payday. In this article, we explore the benefits of this match to each fighter and their respective sports, in addition to examining the possible drawbacks to each fighter and the sports they represent. Take a look, as we get ready for this unique boxing vs. mixed martial arts matchup.

All Gennady Golovkin Bets You Can Make - For those who fancy Gennady "GGG" Golovkin's chances in his mega-fight against Canelo Alvarez on September 16, the betting landscape is vaster than most would think. Sure, you can keep it simple and just bet on GGG to win. But some people have feelings and insights that are a little stronger than that. In this article, Loot breaks down all the many different positions you can take on Golovkin in this fight. He posts the odds of all those wagers, with descriptions of all the different bets. Take a look and see if you find anything that's up your alley!

All Saul Canelo Alvarez Bets You Can Make - The boxing betting landscape has expanded vastly over the years. It used to be you could bet on a fighter to win, along with how long a fight would last with maybe a few prop bets thrown into the mix. Now, it's gotten to the point where there is a bet to accommodate just about any prediction that a bettor would have. In the GGG vs. Canelo fight, the opinions run deep, with some people feeling very strongly about how the fight will play out. If you're leaning Canelo's way in this bout, this article will help spell out all the different ways you can take a position of the Mexican Superstar.

How to Bet on Gennady Golovkin vs. Saul Canelo Alvarez - Nothing brings out the monster in people when it comes to betting like a really big superfight. And the September 16 mega-battle between Gennady "GGG" Golovkin and Saul "Canelo" Alvarez certainly qualifies. In huge fights of this magnitude, the opinions on both sides of the fence can be strong indeed. And naturally, people like to put their money behind their beliefs. In this article, Loot defines the betting landscape for us in this fight, explaining which bets will be available, how they work, and how to break down the odds part of the equation. Check it out!

Gennady Golovkin vs. Canelo Alvarez Over/Under Betting - One thing that the pros in boxing betting do is spend a lot of time deliberating the total, where you simply pick whether or not a fight will last a certain number of rounds. The opinions are pretty strong on who will win the upcoming Gennady "GGG" Golovkin vs. Saul "Canelo" Alvarez fight, but what about how long the fight will last? In this article, Loot breaks down the bet itself, explaining the ins and outs of betting boxing totals. Then, he handicaps the bet and offers his final thoughts.

Was Manny Pacquiao Robbed: The Fickleness of Scoring in Boxing - The recent Jeff Horn vs. Manny Pacquiao fight elicited a lot of controversy, mostly by those who felt Pacquiao deserved the decision. Fair enough. However, we feel there is a bit of a disconnect as it applies to how people generally view fights and how fights are actually scored and the restrictions of the 10-point must system. In this article, Loot breaks down how there are some fights that seem like bad decisions when they're really not. Loot also explains how it's possible for a fight to give way to many different opinions, all of which have merit. Take a look!

In what promises to be an interesting fight from Barclays Arena in Brooklyn, 36-0 Mikey Garcia moves up to 140 pounds to take on Adrien Broner on July 29. Garcia seems on a quest to make a major impact after being out of action for nearly three years. His first two comeback fights have been excellent performances and he looks to kick it up a notch against the bigger and talented Broner. Will Garcia's ascent continue or will Broner realize his potential and put it together for the hallmark win? Loot breaks the bout down here and offers his pick. Mikey Garcia vs. Adrien Broner Pick - 7/29

Manny Pacquiao returns to the ring on July 2 to face unbeaten Jeff Horn in Australia. The unbeaten Aussie Horn is a good prospect, but steps into a different realm in facing the 8-division champion and future first-ballot Hall of Famer Pacquiao. Manny is now 38 and it's unclear how he's trying to position himself in the big picture, but in the meanwhile, he will take a lucrative fight here that looks to offer minimal risk. But is everything what it appears to be on the surface? Loot breaks down this fight and offers a pick in this article. Take a look! Manny Pacquiao vs. Jeff Horn Prediction - 7/2

On June 17, Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev fight a rematch from their November fight, which Ward won by controversial unanimous decision. Their eagerly-awaited rematch should come closer to setting the record straight. In one corner, you have the still-unbeaten Ward, a man who hasn't lost a fight since he was 13 years old in the amateurs. In the other corner is the savage-punching Kovalev, a fighter who dropped Ward and came oh so close to beating him. In this article, Loot breaks down who can make the right adjustments to thrive in the rematch. Take a look, as Loot offers his betting guidance for one of 2017's biggest matchups. Andre Ward vs. Sergey Kovalev II Pick - 6/17

On June 3 in Montreal, Adonis Stevenson makes the eighth defense of his WBC Light Heavyweight Championship in a rematch with Chicago-based Andrzej Fonfara. These two fought in 2014 in an exciting decision win for Stevenson. They both had their moments and should again make for an interesting fight, despite the super-long odds in Stevenson's favor. In this article, Loot breaks down the particulars of the fight and makes a pick. Take a peek! Adonis Stevenson vs. Andrzej Fonfara II Pick - 6/3

Kell Brook defends his IBF Welterweight Championship at home in Sheffield against top-rated American challenger Errol Spence on May 27. Brook returns to 147 pounds after a lofty challenge of middleweight king GGG, a bout where Brook suffered his first loss. He catches no breaks in opponents in Spence, a fighter many have pegged as a future star in this division. Can Brook parlay the home advantage, his power, and know-how into a huge win? Or will Spence serve notice of his arrival on the championship scene? Loot breaks down the action here, offering his wagering advice, as well. Kell Brook vs. Errol Spence Pick - 5/27

Knowing the Different Weight Classes - It's hard not to envy our grandfathers and great grandfathers who only had to know 8 weight classes. That number has more than doubled, with some weight classes separated by as little as three pounds. It's a lot to keep track of with so many different divisions and the multitude of sanctioning bodies only further muddles the equation. In this article, Loot spells it all out in an easy-to-understand way. Take a peek!

The Greatest Boxing Trainers of All-Time - When you look at the careers of most major all-time greats in the sport's history, you usually see a common thread--a great teacher. There are just certain boxing trainers whose accomplishments are so impressive, they stand as being a cut above their contemporaries. In this article, Loot profiles some of the best trainers in the history of the Sweet Science. Take a look and see if you agree!

In London on May 20, junior lightweights take center stage, as newly-crowned IBF champ Gervonta Davis takes on unbeaten Englishman Liam Walsh. Davis is just 22 and with 16 knockouts in his 17-0 record, including a title-winning KO win, he has established himself as one of boxing's brightest young stars. But to get to the point of clear-cut stardom, he needs to defeat good fighters like Walsh--a fighter with skills and aspirations of his own. In this article, Loot breaks down the fight, while offering his pick to win. Take a look! Gervonta Davis vs. Liam Walsh Prediction - 5/20

Five Most Underrated Fighters in the Sport of Boxing - In the sport of boxing, popularity isn't always equivalent to merit. For a variety of reasons, certain fighters maintain a very low international profile despite acheivements that may very well land them in the Hall of Fame. It might be where they're from, promotional issues, or the lack of interest in their weight classes. In this article, Loot profiles five such fighters who are overlooked by most fans, but who are terrific fighters. Take a look!

On Cinco de Mayo weekend in Las Vegas, Mexican boxing takes center stage as two of those country's top commodities collide, with Saul "Canelo" Alvarez taking on Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. on May 6 at the T-Mobile Arena. Alvarez continues to shine, as he is now one of the very few top fighters in the world. Chavez, Jr. is looking to climb out of the shadow of his father and finally score the career-defining win that would cement his legacy. Will the professionalism and talent of Canelo be too much? Or can the bigger Chavez, Jr. parlay his size and improved preparation and motivation into what would be a huge win? Loot chimes in with his pick here. Saul "Canelo" Alvarez vs. Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. Pick - 5/6

What the Bookie Wants You to Do - Boxing betting is basically a battle between the bettor and the bookie, with the fight serving as the canvas on which the battle is showcased. In any battle, acting contrary to how your opponents wants you to act would be advisable. In boxing betting, that means doing things the bookie doesn't want you to do. In this article, Loot describes what a bookie wants you to do, so you can avoid those traits and give yourself the best chance to win consistently at boxing betting!

It's the new guard vs. the old guard, as IBF champion Anthony Joshua takes on former longtime champion Wladimir Klitschko on April 29. Joshua has won each of his fights by knockout and now takes a massive jump in terms of opposition. Can he show the depth of skills to compete at this level? For Klitschko, he is now 40 and will need to shake off some inactivity, having not been in the ring since late-2015. Is he still close enough to his physical peak to still put forth a top Klitschko performance? Loot breaks down the fight here. Anthony Joshua vs. Wladimir Klitschko Pick - 4/29

Welterweight action comes to Barclays Center in Brooklyn, with former champions Shawn Porter and Andre Berto in a pivotal bout that should provide a lot of excitement. Porter has come close, but looks to nudge closer to the ranks of the elite with a big win here. Berto, meanwhile, is looking for a big win to get his name back in the headlines--something that's been difficult with a 4-4 record in his last 8 fights after a 27-0 start. In this article, Loot breaks down the fight and the two boxers, while offering a betting pick. Take a look! Shawn Porter vs. Andre Berto Pick - 4/22

Getting Juicy Lines - Picking winners is a key part of boxing betting. That much is obvious enough. But beyond that, the goal is to secure odds that don't properly represent reality. That's really the definition of "juicy lines," when the odds of something happening are greater than the odds that are being posted. In this piece, Loot offers some different tips on how to make sure the odds you get are juicy.

Analyzing a Fighter's Corner - This isn't the old days when you'd see the same faces in a fighter's corner throughout his entire career. Fighters change trainers all the time. Or perhaps some fighters work with trainers who aren't as good as the top guys. It's a lot to take into consideration. In this article, Loot offers advice on how to cope with a fighter's corner when breaking down a boxing match. Take a look!

Outside of the Ring Concerns - While we need to spend a lot of time projecting how two fighters will match up style-wise once they're in the ring, boxing history has shown us that we also need to pay some mind to what is happening outside the ring. We are dealing with young men, many of whom come from rough-and-tumble backgrounds. A lot of times, we end up finding out later that the result of a fight had a lot to do with what was happening outside the ring. In this article, Loot pulls our coats on what to look for when factoring in outside of the ring concerns.

Key Gambling Tips - To become an expert bettor in boxing takes a lot of work and experience. Loot knows what it's all about, with his boxing betting history stemming back nearly to the bareknuckle era. He has picked up some indispensable techniques he employs when picking winners. And in this article, he gives a few of his best tips on how to keep your nose above water when betting on boxing. Take a look!

Using Insight - When betting on boxing, we are left to fend for ourselves and use our wits to make a profit--not an easy thing to do. We rely mostly on our insight to calculate and predict the winner of boxing matches. So it makes sense to make sure that insight is of a high-quality, as we try to outsmart the oddsmakers. In this article, Loot offers some different ways for us to sharpen the insight we use to make boxing picks.

Getting Your Hands on Different Information - The best boxing bettors are rather astute on what information they obtain in order to get a leg up on the bookie. They eschew the more-mainstream forms of news and dig deeper, finding true diamonds of information and news that give them a real betting advantage. In this article, Loot breaks down some of the better sources of information that will give you better insight when forming your boxing wagers. Take a look and tell us what you think!

In middleweight title action from Madison Square Garden, Gennady "GGG" Golovkin takes on Daniel Jacobs on March 18. These are two of the hardest hitters in the sport, with no opponent having lasted the distance with either of these men in over 7 years. Golovkin is considered one of the best--a deadly puncher who no one seems eager to fight. But with Jacobs fighting in his hometown and in possession of the ultimate equalizer in his power, he stands out as an interesting and very dangerous opponent for "GGG." Loot breaks down the fight in this article. Gennady Golovkin vs. Daniel Jacobs Pick - 3/18

In a battle of unbeaten welterweight champions, Keith Thurman takes on Danny Garcia at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on March 4. Combined, these two fighters are 60-0 and somebody's "O" has got to go. The hard-hitting and ambitious Thurman, the WBA champion, is looking for a signature win, while Garcia, the WBC titleholder, is looking to add to his championship credentials at 140 pounds with a big win at 147 pounds. With so many different ways this fight can go, who holds the upper-hand and who has the better betting value? Loot breaks it all down in this article. Keith Thurman vs. Danny Garcia Pick - 3/4

The O2 Arena in London will be the site of a heavyweight grudge match on March 4, as David Haye takes on Tony Bellew in what figures to be an exciting main event. For all his inactivity, Haye remains one of the sport's most-prodigious power punchers. That could bode badly for Bellew in his first fight in the heavyweight division. But Bellew has been busy at a high level and hopes to parlay his good form into the winning strategy on March 4. Will Haye be too big and powerful for Bellew? Or will Bellew be able to show his guts and steadfastly grind his way to a huge upset win? Loot offers his fight breakdown here. David Haye vs. Tony Bellew Pick - 3/4

In heavyweight action from Birmingham on February 25, big men Dominic Breazeale and Izu Ugonoh will get it on in an important heavyweight battle. Breazeale has made something of himself, getting to the Olympics and earning a world title shot, despite a late start in his career. Ugonoh looks straight out of central casting when you envision a fearsome heavyweight. But he's stepping up in class in this fight. Can he add a stamp of validation to his up-and-comer status or will Breazeale remind us not to take him for granted? Loot offers his betting selection here. Dominic Breazeale vs. Izu Ugonoh Pick - 2/25

In 140-pound action between contenders in Cincinnati, multi-division former champion Adrien Broner looks to get back in the mix, as he takes on tough and streaking Adrian Granados. Broner has been through some setbacks in and out of the ring as of late, but now looks to get serious and rejoin the ranks of the relevant. To do so, he must assuage the challenge of a tough and peaking brawler in Granados. Can Broner show us the talent that had people so excited about him a few years ago? Or will this be a coming-out party for the hard-working Granados? Loot offers his take and wagering guidance here. Adrien Broner vs. Adrian Granados Pick - 2/18

In a rematch from a good fight in July, Carl Frampton defends his featherweight belt against the man he won it from--Leo Santa Cruz. Their first fight was a compelling bout, a close fight that Frampton won by majority nod in Brooklyn in front of a pro-Frampton throng. It was Santa Cruz' first loss and he looks to atone for that in this Las Vegas rematch. Can the high-volume approach of Santa Cruz have more of an effect this time around? Or will the more eye-catching work of Frampton be enough to once again carry the day? Loot breaks down the fight and offers his selection here. Carl Frampton vs. Leo Santa Cruz II Pick - 1/28

Fighters That Will Make You Rich in 2017 - Perception is reality when it comes to boxing betting. There may be fighters whose reputations exceed their true merit. When that's the case, bettors will often get good value to bet against those fighters. In this article, we examine a handful of different fighters who remain heavy favorites in their fights in 2017, despite signs of vulnerability. It could be age, an overrated set of skills, or a low level of opposition that paints some fighters in a better light than they deserve. In this article, Loot breaks down some of those fighters where we'll get good value in well-timed stands against them.

Where Does Manny Pacquiao Turn in 2017? - After coming out of a brief retirement, Manny Pacquiao is again active and has a fight scheduled with unbeaten Aussie Jeff Horn being his next foe. Assuming he gets past that, which appears to be very likely, what kind of approach will he take? Will he continue taking on safe opponents? Or will he get emboldened enough to dip his feet back into the waters of the elite? In this article, Loot breaks down the different possibilities for Pacquiao's 2017 career trajectory.

In a super middleweight title unification match, fellow titlehoders James DeGale and Badou Jack will do battle at Barclays Center in Brooklyn on January 14. DeGale is favored, but as is always the case, he seems to make fights closer than they should be with his lack of urgency. Jack looks like a fighter who could potentially out-hustle the more-talented English champion. In a bout with many possibilities, who can come out ahead on the 14th? Will DeGale allow his talent to fully manifest or will he be locked in a struggle with the hard-working Jack? Loot posits his take here. James DeGale vs. Badou Jack Pick - 1/14

In what might be the fight of the year in terms of overall importance, two unbeaten champions will tangle, as Andre Ward battles Sergey Kovalev in Las Vegas on November 19 for the light heavyweight title. It is a very appetizing bout, featuring one of the sport's master boxers in Ward and one of boxing's most-feared fighters in Kovalev. Both men have a good case for victory is what is one of the toughest fights to pick this year. In this article, Loot breaks down the fight and offers his wagering guidance. Click here to read!!! Andre Ward vs. Sergey Kovalev Pick - 11/19

Even by boxing standards, the Manny Pacquiao retirement didn't last long, as his career barely misses a beat, with the Filipino legend taking on Jessie Vargas on November 5. At stake will be Vargas' WBO 147-pound belt. Manny will be nearly 38 by fight night. Does he still have enough gas in the tank to thwart a good young fighter like Vargas? Or can Vargas earn the biggest win of his career. In this article, Loot offers his take on the fight, in addition to his wagering advice. Click here to read! Manny Pacquiao vs. Jessie Vargas Pick - 11/5

On October 29, the long-awaited rematch between Tyson Fury and Wladimir Klitschko will finally (and hopefully) come to fruition. In Novemeber of last year, Fury scored the upset in a decision win over the long-reigning Klitschko. Considering how bad Klitschko looked, many favor him in the rematch, but is it possible that Fury is all wrong for him? In this article, Loot breaks down the fight and offers his pick. Click here to read!!! Tyson Fury vs. Wladimir Klitschko II Pick - 10/29

Light heavyweights tangle in Germany, with Juergen Braehmer taking on former titleholder Nathan Cleverly in Neubrandenburg on October 1. Braehmer is 48-2 and unbeaten for 8 years, but is still looking for a signature win against an opponent of Cleverly's stature. Cleverly has had some uneven results of late, but has tangled with better company than Braehmer and will be gunning for a big win in Germany. In this article, Loot analyzes the fight and offers a betting suggestion. Juergen Braehmer vs. Nathan Cleverly Pick - 10/1

The sport's big men take center stage in New Zealand, as Kiwi hopeful Joseph Parker continues his path to a heavyweight title shot with a bout against 38-2 veteran Alexander Dimitrenko. Parker is a heavy-handed contender, only 24 years old, and one of the sport's more-promising big men. He is a big favorite, but can Dimitrenko, once considered a top prospect himself, do anything about it and pump some life into his sagging career? Loot breaks down the fight and offers his take in this article Joseph Parker vs. Alexander Dimitrenko Pick - 10/1

September 24 features top-notch lightweight action out of England, with hometown boy Anthony Crolla battling Jorge Linares in a 135-pound unification bout at the Manchester Arena. Crolla has been an inspirational story, overcoming a lot inside and outside the ring to become champion. But in Linares, he will be facing his most-talented opponent. Can Crolla apply the tireless pressure he is known for or will the more-formidable offense of Linares win the day? Click here for Loot's take. Anthony Crolla vs. Jorge Linares Pick - 9/24

On September 17, one of the sport's top stars returns, as Saul "Canelo" Alvarez drops back down to 154 pounds to take on WBO champion Liam "Beefy" Smith. Alvarez will enjoy a raucous crowd on Mexican Independence Say weekend in his stomping grounds at the MGM in Vegas. Can the unbeaten Smith pull off the improbable or will Canelo once again hold down the fort? Click here for Loot's take and wagering counsel. Saul Alvarez vs. Liam Smith Pick - 9/17

In a rematch of a close fight last year, WBC Bantamweight Champion Shinsuke Yamanaka makes the 11th defense of his title by taking former longtime champ Anselmo Moreno on September 16 in Osaka. Their first fight was a close split decision for Yamanaka that some felt Moreno deserved. Can Yamanaka make the adjustments or will Moreno give him another scare? Loot breaks down the fight here, along with offering his betting suggestions. Shinsuke Yamanaka vs. Anselmo Moreno II Pick - 9/16

Middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin defends his belt against IBF Welterweight Champion Kell Brook on September 10 in London. The bout will be shown on HBO and promises to at least be very interesting. These two champions have a combined record of 71-0 with 57 knockouts. Golovkin is on a streak of 22 consecutive knockouts and is one of the more-feared fighters in the world. But in Brook, GGG will be fighting his most-skilled opponent, even if Brook is jumping two weight classes for this bout. Click here, as Loot breaks down the ins and outs of the fight, while offering his wagering guidance. Gennady Golovkin vs. Kell Brook Pick - 9/10

Once in a while, a lighter-weight fight comes around that transcends the sport. Could we have one such bout on September 10th, as Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez battles Carlos Cuadras? Combined, the pair is 80-0-1 with 65 knockouts, so all signs point to a potential classic at the Forum in Inglewood. Will Chocolatito, considered by many to be the best pound-for-pound fighter in the sport, add another quality win to his resume or is the bigger Cuadras a cut above? Loot offers his insight here. Click to read more! Roman Gonzalez vs. Carlos Cuadras Pick - 9/10

Welterweights Jesus Soto Karass and Yoshihiro Kamegai will do battle in a welterweight rematch from a fight in April that had CompuBox machines shorting out. Their first fight was a draw and both are well-established warriors where the rematch almost guarantees excitement. The bout will be the co-feature on HBO underneath the big Gonzalez-Cuadras extravaganza. Loot breaks down the fight and offers a betting suggestion in this article. Jesus Soto Karass vs. Yoshihiro Kamegai II Pick - 9/10

In middleweight action, WBA titleholder Danny Jacobs fights a rematch with former champ Sergio Mora. Their first fight was a nutty war that was halted after two rounds with Mora suffering an ankle injury, but not before he put Jacobs to the canvas in a frenetic round one where both men were down. Who comes out ahead in this rematch? Loot offers his analysis of the fight with his selection to win in this article. Danny Jacobs vs. Sergio Mora II Pick - 9/9

Lightweights take center stage on September 9, as two of the better young ones in the game meet, with unbeaten Robert Easter, Jr. taking on fellow unbeaten Richard Commey. Combined, the pair have a record of 41-0 with 36 knockouts. Do you favor the slick-boxing Easter, Jr. or the murderous-punching Commey? In this article, Loot analyzes the fight and the skill-sets of the two men, followed by his pick to win. Robert Easter, Jr. vs. Richard Commey Pick - 9/9

Avoiding Poor Value - The idea in boxing betting is to extract the best betting value. And when we bet on famous favorites, we're not likely to find that value. You'll often find yourself laying 8/1 odds on a favorite who should be no better than 4/1. That's no way to come out ahead in the long-run. In this article, Loot breaks down how to identify good value and get the most bang from your boxing betting buck. Click here to read more!

Prospects from Pechanga - As bettors, a big part of getting excellent betting value is in identifying good fighters before the rest of the world knows they're good. A key way to do that is by going to live fights to scout future betting gems. Loot thinks he may have found a couple in a recent card from Pechanga. Click here to read about Loot's night at the fights!

Featherweights take center stage in Brooklyn on July 30 in a battle that has a "Fight of the Year" vibe to it, as unbeaten 126-pounders Leo Santa Cruz and Carl Frampton duke it out in a 12-rounder. Can the Irish Frampton cross the pond and score a signature win? Or will Santa Cruz unleash his blistering body attack to resounding affect? This is a bout with any number of different possible outcomes. Click here for Loot's wagering guidance in a complex and difficult fight to predict. Leo Santa Cruz vs. Carl Frampton Pick - 7/30

WBC Light Heavyweight Champion Adonis Stevenson makes the 7th defense of his linear championship when he takes on challenger Thomas Williams, Jr. in Quebec City on July 29. This is an interesting battle of 175-pound southpaws, with the reigning champion a substantial favorite over the streaking challenger. Loot helps breaks down our betting options in this fight. Click here for more! Adonis Stevenson vs. Thomas Williams, Jr. Pick - 7/29

Over-Emphasizing Offense - As boxing fans, we are geared to place a premium on offense. It is what makes the boxing world turn and the most unforgettable moments in the sport are all offensive in nature. But when transitioning from a fan into a serious bettor, you will need to account for the finer points of the sport and how they play a crucial role in the result of fights at a world-class level.

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