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Parlay With a Punch: Breaking Down Sheffield Showdowns

On March 23, at Utilita Arena in Sheffield, UK, Dalton Smith and Jose Zepeda battle for the vacant WBC (Silver) championship in an epic super lightweight main event clash.

Sandy Ryan, meanwhile, hopes to kickstart her 2024 tenure with a successful defense of her WBO World Female Welterweight strap when she welcomes Terri Harper, a champion from a higher weight class, in the co-main event.

Parlay With a Punch: Breaking Down Sheffield Showdowns
Parlay With a Punch: Breaking Down Sheffield Showdowns

With two highly anticipated title bouts lined up for this weekend, it’s only right that I deliver to you the perfect boxing parlay bet. Continue reading to find the latest edition of the ‘Weekly Parlay with a Punch’ alongside the most noteworthy Vegas odds available for this March 23 event.

Smith vs Zepeda Event Information

  • Date/Time: Saturday, March. 23, 2023 – 03:00 p.m. ET
  • Location: Utilita Arena, Sheffield, UK
  • Promotion: Matchroom Boxing
  • Scheduled Bouts: 9
  • How to Watch: Box Live
  • Main Event Bout: Dalton Smith vs Jose Zepeda
  • Co-Main Event Bout: Sandy Ryan vs Terri Harper


Smith vs Zepeda Betting Preview

Smith, with a record of 15 wins and 11 knockouts, has firmly established himself as a top contender and boxing betting pick within his country, having successfully won the British and Commonwealth championships. This UK slugger will have his home Sheffield crowd in support and is improving with each bout of late, particularly with a seventh-round victory against Sam Maxwell in July.

Zepeda (37-4, 28 KOs) sustained a shoulder injury during his first world title bout against Terry Flanagan in 2015. In his other championship bouts, the American Southpaw was considered very unfortunate for not receiving a favorable outcome against Jose Ramirez before being overwhelmingly outperformed by Regis Prograis.


Is Jose Zepeda still competitive enough to challenge atalented Dalton Smith? The promising young fighter, who is now 14-0, stopped Sam Maxwell in the seventh round with relative ease. Rather thanthrowing random choices, Dalton is a precise puncher. That said, one may argue that Smith’s lead left hooks are a little erratic, but Zepeda may not havemuch of an edge with such a minor fault.

In addition to his powerful and sometimes wild left hooks, Dalton strategically employs his jab to either accumulate points or divert his opponent’s attention and assess the space between them. He has excellent timing and dexterity and often seeks to maneuver inside the ring’s central area.


Boxing Parlay Pick Leg 1: Smith Moneyline (-335)

Dalton must exhibit both patience and intelligence right from the start when engaging with a cunning individual such as Zepeda. Smith has a formidable right hand and also packs power in the left as he targets both the body and head. In addition, he loves to execute a straight right, either by throwing it directly behind the jab or by looping it toward the upper target.

The KO prop tempted me, but to Zepeda’s credit, he’s one tough SOB, and this bout may need the judges to intervene. It won’t be an easy night for the hometown kid, but I do believe he’s the rightful favorite, and a moneyline price of -335 isn’t bad when considering some of the high sportsbook prices were used to.



  • Dalton is undefeated as a pro
  • Dalton is fighting in his hometown
  • Zepeda has lost two of his previous three bouts


Smith vs Zepeda Betting Odds


Sandy Ryan vs Terri Harper Betting Preview

Ryan and Harper won world championship crowns at a very early stage in their professional careers. This demonstrates that women’s boxing is still in the process of developing its range and variety. Nevertheless, both have shown their worthiness as champions.

Despite becoming a world champion, Ryan, who was born in Derby, is still relatively inexperienced, with just nine fights in the professional ranks. Harper has more expertise and has attained world championships in two different weight divisions, all within just 17 bouts.

Interestingly, both ladies enter this match after losing their most recent fights. Ryan successfully retained her WBO welterweight championship, but was unable to acquire the WBA, WBC, and IBO titles in a draw against Jessica McCaskill. Harper successfully retained her WBA super welterweight title but was unable to secure any further championships when her meeting against Cecilia Braekhus ended in a draw.

Harper has shown her proficiency in overcoming a prominent adversary from her own country by emerging victorious over Hannah Rankin in September 2022.

Nevertheless, she is dropping weight classes this time, and the defending champion is expected to validate her status as the boxing odds favorite. Not forgetting, she’s long been tipped as one of the best prospects to emerge from women’s boxing in Britain.

Boxing Parlay Pick Leg 2: Ryan On Points (-190)

Both women lack significant knockout power, and the two-minute rounds often result in battles lasting the whole duration. On that note, the expectation of this bout going all ten rounds is highly probable, especially with two technicians entering the ring this Saturday.

With a two-inch height advantage and all the momentum on her side, it’s difficult to overlook Ryan receiving the nod in Sheffield. Watching her trade blows and arguably perform better than a talented Jessica McCaskill was the evidence we needed to know she’s the real deal.

Harper is no slouch, but I don’t believe she possesses the aggressive nature to keep Ryan on her back foot and take control of the center, which is why the favorite to win on points feels like a great addition to our weekly parlay.



  • Ryan has gone the distance in five consecutive pro bouts
  • Ryan has won four of her six career wins by decision
  • Harper has suffered just one KO/TKO defeat in 18 pro bouts
  • Harper has gone the distance in four consecutive bouts


Ryan vs Harper Betting Odds


Smith vs Zepeda 2-Leg Boxing Parlay

  • Dalton Smith Moneyline (-335)
  • Sandy Ryan To Win By Decision (-190)



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