Ibarra Enters As Sizable Underdog
The boxing betting lines are either underestimating Alma Ibarra or overestimating welterweight champion Jessica McCaskill. Come Saturday night, we may have a new undisputed queen. The Mexican challenger has the style to not only give McCaskill a run for her money but to beat her without controversy. How will the 4-1 underdog make good on her potential?
McCaskill Could Be In for a Tough Fight
Hats off to McCaskill the “CasKILLA.” She took out the seemingly unbeatable Cecilia Braekhus not once but twice to become the fourth woman to become an undisputed champion (hold all belts in the division). She has a spot in the Hall of Fame locked up and will go down as one of the sport’s greatest.
But McCaskill knows her window to make some money is a small and closing one. She has already set her eyes on big-name opponents like Chantelle Cameron and Katie Taylor. She should be more concerned about her less-heralded but dangerous opponent.
It’s almost a foregone conclusion that McCaskill will dispatch Ibarra the same way she did Kandi Wyatt. But that would be a big mistake. Betting online on McCaskill may prove to be too high a risk for its low reward. She hasn’t fought since this win while her challenger, Ibarra has been gearing up for the fight of her life.
Ibarra Wants It More
Many if not most boxers have had a difficult upbringing. Ibarra has had it rough as an accomplished boxer. She’s become Mexico’s national champion many times over and was this close to representing in the Olympics. But she was kidnapped and her Olympic dreams were dashed.
Since then, Ibarra has been focused on her pro career and now enters this championship fight in fine form. She knocked out Laura Cubos in three rounds and dispatched of the aforementioned Wyatt almost as handily as McCaskill did.
Ibarra may not have the high-profile fights McCaskill has had, but she’s been more than solid. She not only enters this fight as the more active fighter but also as the bigger and hungrier underdog.
McCaskill vs Ibarra Head-to-Head
The champion is the favorite but she is giving up three inches in height and two inches in reach against Ibarra. McCaskill is also three years older than Ibarra. The challenger has a better knockout-to-win ratio and has half McCaskill’s losses although her level of competition was less significant.
McCaskill vs Ibarra Fight Information
- Records: McCaskill (11-2-0, 4 KOs) vs Ibarra (10-1-0, 5 KOs)
- Location: Tech Port Arena
- Day/Time: Saturday, June 25, 8:00 p.m. ET
- McCaskill vs Ibarra Live Stream: Box Live
McCaskill vs Ibarra Betting Lines
McCaskill vs Ibarra Prediction
The online gambling odds have no business being this wide and it does Ibarra no service. But this is expected in women’s boxing where there is next-to-no information on Ibarra. But the Mexican fighter has the tools to beat McCaskill. She is long, durable, and will put pressure on McCaskill. If she has a flaw, it’s that she headhunts too often.
McCaskill’s edge is her volume and work rate. Over 10 rounds, she may just land more punches to keep her titles. But it will not be easy and McCaskill backers should get ready to sweat. We’re on the other side here and we like Ibarra at these odds. Even better. Parlay her with another underdog on the card for a whopping payout of 20 times your stake.