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On Saturday night, Showtime Championship Boxing comes to Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas for a card headlined by a clash for the WBA's secondary welterweight title. In that bout, Jamal James will put his title on the line against Radzhab Butaev in an evenly-matched scrap.

James (27-1, 12 KO) is gunning for a shot at the WBA's true world title, currently held by Yordenis Ugas. A shot at Ugas would also give James an opportunity to avenge a 2016 loss that was viewed as an upset. Ugas has gone on to bigger things, including a run as a true world champion and a win over Manny Pacquiao. Meanwhile, James has mostly stagnated while the years have ticked by on the now 33-year-old.

The WBA has set up a four-man tournament with Ugas defending his belt against Eimantas Stanionis and James battling Butaev.

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Of course, James getting to that desired rematch with Ugas and a world title opportunity involves getting past Butaev, which is no small task. In fact, Butaev currently sits as the slight betting favorite heading into the fight.

Butaev (13-0, 10 KO) is a pressure fighter whose perfect record was kept pristine when a 2019 loss to Alexander Besputin was overturned because of a failed drug test by Besputin.

The fight will largely come down to if Butaev can be consistent in his pressure-heavy attack or if James can stay disciplined and keep the fight at a distance.

This card also marks the return of top welterweight prospect Jaron "Boots" Ennis as he takes on Thomas Dulorme in the co-main event. Ennis (27-0, 25 KOs) continues to impress every time he steps in the ring. He earned a dominant KO over Sergey Lipinets in April and looks for another major victory on Saturday night at just 24-years old. Dulorme, meanwhile, enters off back-to-back losses to Eimantas Stanionis and main eventer Jamal James.

Below is the complete fight card for Saturday night as well as the latest odds from Caesars Sportsbook.

James vs. Butaev card, odds

FavoriteUnderdogWeight class

Radzhab Butaev -115

Jamal James -105 (c)

WBA world welterweight title

Jaron Ennis -4500

Thomas Dulorme +1600

Welterweight

Michel Rivera -1500

Jose Matias Romero +850

Lightweight

Alberto Palmetta -1000

Yeis Gabriel Solano +650

Welterweight

Jose Tito Sanchez

Fernando Garcia

Featherweight

Jean Carlos Torres

Darwin Price

Super lightweight

Prediction

James vs. Butaev is a battle of decent fighters who can fall into bad habits. James can allow himself to go to war on the inside when it would benefit him to use his reach and technical abilities to cruise. Butaev sometimes lets up on the pressure and falls into periods of reduced activity, which bit him against Besputin before the failed drug test saved Butaev from a loss on his record. If Butaev can come forward and draw James into an inside fight, this is Butaev's fight to win. It seems unlikely that Butaev doesn't fall into those old troubles and that means James can outpoint him for a close win. Pick: Jamal James via UD