This Saturday (January 28, 2017) a trio of high-level boxing matches is expected to get attention from the sportsbooks. First, Oslo, Norway hosts a women’s world title fight in the welterweight division as Cecilia Braekhus puts five of her world titles on the line against once-beaten Klara Svensson of Sweden. Braekhus is 29-0 and known as “The First Lady”, and in Svensson she is meeting a fighter who is 17-1 overall. Braekhus fought in Oslo last year for the first time, as she had done extensive work to hold a boxing match in Norway for the first time in 30 years. In her October of 2016 fight against Anne Sophie Mathis, Braekhus used her power, earning the stoppage 64 seconds into round 2. Svensson went 2-0 in 2016, with the only loss of her career coming in a world title bid at super lightweight against Erica Anabella Farias back in May of 2015. Word is this bout may be moved to February 24th. Sat 1/28 – The Spectrum – Oslo, Norway Welterweight – 10 rounds Klara Svensson +775 Cecilia Braekhus -1410 A pair of highly ranked super flyweights will also tangle this Saturday in Puerto Rico as 17-1 McJoe Arroyo faces 25-1-1 Teiru Kinoshita. Arroyo lost an IBF world title fight to Jerwin Ancajas in his last outing back in September of last year, and he is looking to avoid a second loss in a row. Kinoshita fought for the vacant IBF world title back in July of 2014, but he lost the match of South Africa. Since then, Kinoshita has won six fights in a row. This match has been declared an IBF title eliminator that will see the winner earn the No. 1 contender spot for the title still held by Ancajas. Puerto Rico Super Flyweight – 12 rounds Teiru Kinoshita +360 McJoe Arroyo -495 Finally, Golden Boy Promotions is back at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, California with a big 10-fight boxing card that will see the main event air on HBO. Several of these fights may see action at the books, as GBP has Takashi Miura (30-3-2), Sadam Ali (23-1) and Tureano Johnson (19-1) all on the card in bouts that will likely see the trio favored, with all three needing to win to stay relevant. The main event features WBC world super featherweight champion Francisco Vargas defending his belt against Mexico’s Miguel Berchelt. Vargas (23-0-2) took the belt from Takashi Miura, and he kept the belt in earning a draw against Orlando Salido in his first title defense. Berchelt brings a 30-1 record to the table, and he has gone 6-0 snce the start of 2015 to earn this title shot. The two fighters will enter the bout at near Pick’em odds. Fantasy Springs Casino – Indio, California – HBO Featherweight – 12 rounds Miguel Berchelt -105 Francisco Vargas -115
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