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Gonzalez vs Santiago: Boxing Odds & Betting Preview | WBO Junior Flyweight Title Bout 3/2/24

Jonathan “Bomba” Gonzalez will face Rene “Chulo” Santiago for the WBO World Championship in a 12-round junior flyweight contest at the Coliseo Jose Miguel Agrelot in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Saturday, March 2.

Gonzalez and Santiago will trade blows in front of their home nation, and with that in mind; I’m here to cover all your boxing betting needs for this highly contested WBO championship bout.

Gonzalez vs Santiago: Boxing Odds & Betting Preview | WBO Junior Flyweight Title Bout 3/2/24
Gonzalez vs Santiago: Boxing Odds & Betting Preview | WBO Junior Flyweight Title Bout 3/2/24


Gonzalez vs Santiago Event Information

    • Date & Time: Saturday, March. 2, 2024 – 07:30 p.m. ET
    • Location: El Coliseo de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico
    • Promotion: Most Valuable Promotions
    • Scheduled Bouts: 8
    • How to Watch: DAZN
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    • Co-Main Event Bout: Jake Paul vs. Ryan Bourland


Gonzalez vs Santiago Betting Odds


Gonzalez vs Santiago: Fighter Previews

Jonathan “Bomba” Gonzalez

An all-Boricua championship bout will now be a part of the most anticipated Puerto Rico event in quite some time, and it’s Jonathan Gonzalez, the current WBO Junior Flyweight titleholder, who’ll look to continue his dominance at 49kg in front of an enthusiast home crowd; his first time fighting on home soil since 2018.

After defeating Elwin Soto of Mexicali on points in October of 2021, Gonzalez was awarded the complete version of the WBO 108-pound title. Despite turning 33 in April, the seasoned southpaw from Caguas has only managed two successful defenses and will go into his next bout, having gone more than a year without a fight.

In November 2022, he won his final fight on points in Saitama, Japan, against Shokichi Iwata, a mandatory challenger previously undefeated before meeting Gonzalez in the squared circle.


Rene “Chulo” Santiago

Surprisingly, this battle will mark the return to Puerto Rico for both boxers since the COVID-19 pandemic and their first championship defense at home. Without fighting on his own island since January 2020, Santiago has spent the last five bouts in Panama, Nicaragua, and the Dominican Republic.

However, location hasn’t prevented the impressive rise into a mandatory WBO title position for “Chulo.” He enters Saturday’s high-profile event with back-to-back knockout wins, most recently leaving his stoppage potential to the final minutes when stopping Kevin Vivas in the twelfth to become the interim WBO junior flyweight champ.

  • Santiago Moneyline Odds: (+350)



Gonzalez vs Santiago: The Tale of the Tape

Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico
Pro record
Win/Loss (Last 5)
WBO World (Junior Flyweight)
Championship Titles
487 days
127 days
12 years
9 years


Gonzalez vs Santiago: Main Event Breakdown & Analysis

While it’s difficult to look beyond Gonzalez’s five added years of professional competition and championship experience, current Las Vegas odds aren’t giving Santiago the respect he deserves.

Not only does the underdog have more power and the greater durability of the two, but he’s also been very active during Gonzalez’s layoff, which has seen the champ sit on the sidelines since 2022.

We should expect the challenger to start fast, as a head-hunting approach early in this bout would likely favor his chances of upsetting the boxing odds. The longer this fight goes, Santiago’s slick movement, experience, and probing jab will shine through, and he’ll undoubtedly steal this bout on the scorecards.


The Best Boxing Betting Pick: Over 10 ½ Rounds (-185)

Santiago possesses the fight-ending power to emulate Kosei Tanaka’s knockout of Gonzalez in 2019, and although the moneyline value sides with the dog, I’m struggling to pull the trigger and fade the champion’s experience just yet.

The layoff is a concern, Santiago’s power is a bigger concern, but ultimately, skill-for-skill, Gonzalez is the A-side, and should he survive an early onslaught, I don’t envision the later rounds assisting the underdog in this particular matchup.

With that said, backing the moneyline still holds somewhat of a risk, but as a respected point fighter, I expect the WBO champ to drag this fight into deep waters as he has done in his three most recent bouts. Therefore, a wager on the over 10 ½ rounds is the right boxing pick.


  • Gonzalez has gone the distance in 4 of his previous 5 bouts
  • Santiago has seen over 10 ½ rounds in 2 of his previous 4 bouts
  • Santiago’s lone career defeats were by unanimous decision
  • Gonzalez has never lost a fight on the scorecards


WBO Junior Flyweight Title Main Event: The Crystal Ball Picks

In this all-Puerto Rican championship bout, a quick rub of my crystal ball reveals that Santiago will make a great account of himself early. Still, Gonzalez’s experience will eventually lead the defending champ to victory via the judges’ scorecards.


Potential Bets from a Gonzalez Win By Points:


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