With 19 wins via KO in 22 career fights, David Benavidez (22-0) claimed the WBC super middleweight title in 2017. However, he won't retain it following his Saturday evening fight with Roamer Alexis Angulo after missing weight by 2.8 pounds on Friday. Angulo (26-1) can take the title with a win in this bout, while a Benavidez victory will leave it vacant. The main event on Showtime begins at 9 p.m. ET from Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Conn.
William Hill lists Benavidez as the -1200 (risk $1200 to win $100) favorite in the latest Benavidez vs. Angulo odds. Angulo is the +750 (risk $100 to win $750) underdog, while the over-under for total rounds is set at 10.5. The fight going the distance is priced at -138. With plenty of way to make Benavidez vs. Angulo picks on Saturday, be sure to see the latest Showtime boxing predictions from SportsLine analyst Peter Kahn.
A 2019 Boxing Writers Association of America Cus D'Amato Manager of the Year nominee, Kahn has his finger on the pulse of what's going on inside and outside the ring. Kahn manages nearly 10 percent of Top Rank's fighters and can be seen and heard weekly as co-host of "The Fight Guys" show on FITE TV.
Not surprisingly, Kahn is uncanny when it comes to picking fights. He is a stunning 16-0 on his SportsLine boxing picks since the hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, including a 9-0 sweep last month to extend his highly-profitable run.
Last year, Kahn called Deontay Wilder knocking out Dominic Breazeale in the first round, a massive 22-1 long shot bet. "Based on everything Wilder has expressed leading up to the fight and his true dislike and beef with Breazeale, expect Wilder to come out and try to get rid of him early to make a statement," Kahn told readers. The result: Wilder ended it at the 2:17 mark with a violent one-punch knockout, and everyone who followed Kahn's advice cashed huge.
Now, with Saturday's Showtime boxing card fast approaching, Kahn has studied Benavidez vs. Angulo from every angle, identified the best value in the boxing odds and released a highly confident pick. Head to SportsLine to see all of his boxing picks.
Benavidez vs. Angulo preview
Benavidez is clearly disappointing about missing weight for this title defense, but told reporters that he's focused on still winning the fight, despite the change in stakes.
Perhaps the fiercest super middleweight boxer in the world right now, Benavidez has ended 19 of his 22 career fights via knockout. That includes both his 2019 fights. He took Anthony Dirrell down via TKO last September in Los Angeles and did the same to J'Leon Love in March of 2019 in Arlington.
But he'll face a worthy challenger in Angulo, the WBO Latino super middleweight title holder. Angulo has only one career loss (Gilberto Ramirez in 2018) and he's on a three-fight winning streak. The highlight was a January upset of Anthony Sims Jr. in Miami.
What Angulo lacks in agility, he makes up for in durability and power. He's ended 22 fights early, so while oddsmakers like Benavidez's chances, Angulo certainly packs enough power to claim the title with a knockout himself. You can see Kahn's Benavidez vs. Angulo picks at SportsLine.
How to make Benavidez vs. Angulo picks
For Saturday's card, Kahn likes the powerful Rolando "Rolly" Romero (11-0, 10 KOs) to beat Jackson Marinez (19-0, 7 KOs) for the WBA lightweight interim title. But he has an even stronger pick on Benavidez vs. Angulo, and he's also predicting exactly how long that fight lasts. You can see his picks, including his prediction on how long the fight lasts, right here.
Who wins Benavidez vs. Angulo? And exactly how long does the fight last? Visit SportsLine now to see Peter Kahn's best bet for Saturday, all from the fight game manager who's 16-0 on boxing picks since the sport returned, and find out.