Liverpool’s Natasha Jonas (13-2-1) is one of the best-known female boxers on the planet and the current holder of the unified WBC, IBF, and WBO super-welterweight titles. But three belts aren’t enough for the first British female boxer to qualify for the Olympic Games, so she is taking her talents down a weight class to 147 for a shot at the vacant IBF championship.
Canadian Kandi Wyatt (11-4-0) stands in Jonas’ way, who was given this opportunity despite having three losses in her previous four fights.
Around this point, you may be asking yourself why a fighter with a 1-3 record in recent action is getting a shot at the title. The truth is that Wyatt, at 11-4 with three career knockouts, is the best women’s boxing has to offer at 147. The harsh reality is there just isn’t much depth in women’s boxing above 140 pounds.
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But don’t let Wyatt’s recent struggles fool you into thinking she’s a lamb sent to slaughter. With boxing odds at +1100 to win by decision and +1800 via KO, TKO, or DQ, Wyatt is a very tempting underdog bet in her bid to claim the vacant title.
How Do Jonas, Wyatt Match Up?
While Wyatt is on a 1-3 slump, Jonas has won four of her last five fights, with three wins via decision and one TKO. The boxing lines favor the super-welterweight in her move down a class with -150 odds to win by stoppage and +150 by decision.
While Wyatt’s odds are tempting and maybe even a little disrespectful for a talented, struggling fighter, she is outmatched in this bout. Wyatt may be a professional boxer, but Jonas is a unified champion who many consider one of the great female boxers of this generation. It’s like Jake Paul going up against Tyson Fury. They both have the same job title, but one is far better at his work than the other.
The odds suggest that Jonas’ move down a weight class will be met with little resistance by Wyatt for the title. If Jonas succeeds in her quest to become a two-weight champion, there is little to stop her from going after the WBO and WBC titles at 147. Being a unified champ in two weight classes is a remarkable accomplishment for any fighter, and Jonas can do it.
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Jonas vs Wyatt Fight Information
- Fight: Jonas (13-2-1) vs Wyatt (11-4)
- Location: Manchester Arena, England
- Day/Time: Saturday, July 1, 4:15 pm ET
- Jonas vs Wyatt Live Stream: Box Live
Jonas vs Wyatt Betting Lines
Jonas vs Wyatt Picks and Prediction
If you like to chase big wins and long odds, go ahead and sprinkle a few bucks on Wyatt to pull off a major upset on Saturday. But the smart money is on Jonas to succeed in her jump to 147. The unified champion is a step above Wyatt in every measurable way, and the odds of her winning have a lot of profit potential.
Jonas was the first woman to win British Boxer of the Year at the British Boxing Board of Control Awards in 2022. She will have to do something even more impressive this year if she has a shot to win in back-to-back years, and becoming a title holder in two weight classes is a great start.
Jonas is listed at -1200 in our Vegas boxing lines. This means that if you wager $100 on Jonas, you have a chance to win $8. Wyatt is +650, offering a chance to win $650 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives Jonas a 92.31% chance to win, with Wyatt at 13.33%.