Preview, predictions and betting tips for Las Vegas undercard (Mares, Lopez & Herrera)



Preview, predictions and betting tips for Las Vegas undercard

(Mares, Lopez & Herrera)

Some good undercard bouts accompanying Lara Vs Alvarez this weekend and I like the odds being offered up in 3 of these bouts, Abner Mares makes his return after 11 months out following his 1st round loss to Jhonny Gonzalez, Johan Perez and Mauricio Herrera battle to keep themselves in contention for bigger fights and then what should be a cracking fight between Juan Manuel Lopez and unbeaten Francisco Vargas.


Abner Mares Vs Jonathan Oquendo 

Mares has been out of the ring for nearly a year since his stunning 1st round loss to Jhonny Gonzalez and I think this is a good match up for him on his return. Oquendo has some ability but has fallen short when he has stepped up against Juan Manuel Lopez and Wilfred Vazquez, he lost both contests by stoppage and I think he is over matched in this one against Mares. 

I expect Mares to start cautiously and take a couple of rounds to get going but once he does I expect it to be one way traffic and Mares to beat Oquendo into submission in the mid to late rounds. 

Interestingly you can get 19/10 at pinnacle for the fight to go under 9.5 rounds, that looks a good bet to me in a 10 rounder and I expect it to happen. 

Boxing Tipster’s bet: £25 on the fight to go under 9.5 rounds 19/10 Pinnacle Sports 


Juan Manuel Lopez Vs Francisco Vargas 

It wasn’t long ago people were saying Lopez was shot, but a second round TKO of Ponce De Leon kept him in contention, he comes up against unbeaten contender Francisco Vargas and I fancy the latter in this fight. 

The truth is I still believe Lopez may be shot, power is the last thing to go on a fighter and just because he can still bang them out doesn’t change my opinion that Lopez is well past his best and Vargas is a come forward fighter that providing he doesn’t get caught with a fight ending shot I like him in this fight and actually like him to stop the former champion. 

Boxing Tipster’s bet: £20 on Vargas by KO/TKO 5/2 Boylesports


 Mauricio Herrera Vs Johan Perez 

Herrera returns to the ring after getting jobbed against Danny Garcia he faces a smart and crisp fighter in Johan Perez, I see this bout being very close and wouldn’t be surprised to see a draw. 

However I think the more eye catching work will come from Perez which may sway the judges and at 7/4 I think he is worth a play with some on the draw. 

Boxing tipster’s bets: £20 on Perez 7/4 stan james, £5 on the draw 22/1 Various bookmakers.