The Premier Boxing Champions air on Fox Sports 1 this April 9th with their “Toe To Toe Tuesdays” series and the main event is getting attention at the sport books. Lightweight ten round action sees Ivan Redkach (19-1) facing Luis Cruz (22-4). Right now, Redkach comes in a big -1500 favorite, with Cruz coming back at +825. Redkach is on the come back trail, and this fight is his second since his June of 2015 loss to Dejan Zlaticanin on the undercard of Deontay Wilder vs Eric Molina. Redkach has not lost his title aspirations and he enters this fight looking for his second win in a row since his loss. In Cruz, he faces a fighter in similar circumstances, as he is looking to put a two fight winning streak together with a win here as well. Cruz has gone 3-4 in his last seven fights against eleveated competition rhat includes Jose Felix Jr and Edner Cherry, among others. He has also taken losses to lesser opposition and should not be a problem for Redkach. An international bout at the Orion Theater in Eastern Cape, South Africa this Friday April 22nd is also getting attention at the sport books. Vetyeka is 28-3 in his career, and he is the man who defeated the long title reign of Indonesia’s Chris John to win the WBA “Super World” title. Following his career changing win over John, he ran into the Nonito Donaire buzz saw, and this will be his third fight since. The Donaire fight went to the card early because of a cut, and though Vetyaka was down in the fourth, having the fight stopped in the fifth must have been very unsatisfying. Here, he is a major -3050 favorite over Tameda, who returns at +1400. Tameda, 13-1-2 overall is just 22 years old and is making his first appearance outside of Japan. Welterweight 12 round action at the Nelson Mandela Forum in Florence, Italy is on the table for Friday as veterans Gianluca Branco and Leonard Bundu (32-1-2) were scheduled to clash. Branco, now 45 years old, has not fought since November of 2014, and last year he pulled out of a fight for a European title against Paulie Malignaggi. Branco has pulled out of this fight as well, and he was a +440 underdog to Bundu, who was paying back at -650. Bundu is (32-1-2) with his lone loss coming at the hands of Keith Thurman. Bundo will now be facing 19-2-1 Jussi Koivula of Finland in a line that will see Bundu an even wider favorite than against Branco.
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