A light week on the boxing calendar sees the sports books carrying a small number of lines for boxing this Saturday (January 21, 2017). Two fights at England’s Guild Hall have regional titles on the line and are getting attention at the sports books. WBA 140 pound Continental Champion Robbie Davies Jr puts his belt and undefeated record on the line as a major favorite when he faces Hungary’s Zoltan Zsabo. Zsabo scored a major win on British soil last October when he knocked out Stephen Ormond of Ireland in a six round bout. Though he lost a subsequent rematch the 22 year old fighter out of Budapest turned professional in February of 2016 and has logged a 13-3 record in under one year. Davies Jr, a second generation fighter, is defending his belt for the second time, and the 30 year old may look for a leap up in competition with a win over Szabo. Also defending a title is Jack Arnfield as he risks his WBA International middleweight title against rival Mick Hall. Arnfield and Hall have met once before, back in February of 2015. That fight came in a “Prizefighter” tournament and was set for three rounds, and in the end Arnfield was awarded a split decision victory. Arnfield is making the first defense of the belt he won this past September when he defeated John Ryder by unanimous decision. Arnfield is entering his 25th fight and is considered more experienced than Hall. Hall is entering his fifteenth fight, with the only blemish on his record being the 3 round loss to Arnfield. Sat 1/21 Guild Hall – Preston, England Super Lightweight 12 rounds Zoltan Szabo 13-3 +1350 Robbie Davies Jr 14-0 -3250 WBA Continental 140 pound title Middleweight 12 rounds Mick Hall 13-1 +310 Jack Arnfield 22-2 -400 WBA International 160 pound title More lines for Saturday fights that are up at the books. Sat 1/21 – Struer Arena – Struer, Denmark Super Middleweight 10 rounds Beibi Berrocal 17-3 +1150 Patrick Nielsen 28-1 -2125 Note: Nielsen enters this weekend’s fight a major favorite over the Colombian Beibi Berrocal. Berrocal has been relatively inactive, logging one fight in calendar year 2016. For Nielsen, he is returning after sitting out all of 2016. Nielsen is best known for going twelve rounds and losing against Dmitry Chudinov with an interim WBA title on the line back in June of 2014, and despite the layoff he has won six fights since that setback. This fight represents him trying to shake off ring rust before making another bid at the world title picture. Sun National Bank Center – Trenton, New Jersey Welterweight 10 rounds Jorge Luis Mungia +2500 Zab Judah -6250 Note: Former world champion Zab Judah (42-9) returns to the ring at 39 years old to face veteran Jorge Luis Mungia (12-7) this Saturday. This is the widest line of the weekend, because though Judah is well past his heyday, as a former two division titlist he should have forgotten more about boxing than the journeyman Mungia ever conceived of. Which brings us to the obvious question: Why are we beng subjected to a Zab Judah comeback?
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