Odds Favor Martin in Battle of Unbeatens
It’s a treat for boxing fans as two of the brightest prospects meet when Frank Martin faces Michel Rivera. Both are unbeaten and are on the cusp of a title shot. Consider this a title eliminator and if the boxing lines are accurate, it will be Martin coming away with a victory. And as far as the totals, he wins via a drawn-out battle that goes to a decision.
Martin Must Make This a Dogfight
Both Martin and Rivera are special in their own way. But grit is Martin’s edge over Rivera. This is not to say that Rivera cannot “tough it out,” but Martin can excel when he makes this fight ugly. The Indianapolis fighter is the smaller man here and will give up three inches of reach.
But as far as stature, Martin has that muscular and stocky build. That can benefit him as it may be akin to moving a fire hydrant when he’s up close in boxers’ faces. He’s won three of his last four fights by KO. The only man he did not finish, Ryan Kielczweski, is a tough veteran. And he won this bout via a unanimous shutout.
Martin, who hangs around boxing champions like Errol Spence Jr. and Jermell Charlo, could be the next big thing in the division. He’s stated he’s willing to make the risk to be great. A fighter of this skill and bravado is worth betting on online.
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Rivera Will Test Chin Against Martin
Not to be outdone, Rivera can make a statement by knocking out Martin. That is a tall task as the Dominican has not finished his last three opponents. But there is a lot going on for him. For one, he is the longer boxer and for another, he’s consistently fought tougher competition.
Rivera’s test will be to see if he can get in the trenches and beat Martin. As the underdog, the online gambling lines indicate he won’t be quite as successful. Martin does his best work when he is picking apart other boxers from within range.
This isn’t to suggest that he can’t fight in Martin’s close range. Martin gets hit quite often and Rivera has the power to hurt the favorite. But to do that, Rivera will have to wade through fire.
Rivera vs Martin Head-to-Head
Other than the reach, the biggest disparity here is the fight stances. Rivera boxes orthodox while Martin is a southpaw. The underdog is also three years younger than Martin even if he has eight more professional bouts.
Rivera vs Martin Fight Information
- Records: Rivera (24-0-0, 14 KOs) vs Martin (16-0-0, 12 KOs)
- Location: The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV
- Day/Time: Saturday, Dec. 17, 10 p.m. ET
- Rivera vs Martin Live stream: Box Live
Rivera vs Martin Betting Lines
Rivera vs Martin Picks & Prediction
Both Rivera and Martin are highly touted prospects for a reason. We can see both in the title picture and this may not be the last time they cross paths. But right now, we’ll side with Martin as he is just a bit more proven in terms of toughness. He should be able to outwork Rivera and edge him on the scorecards. Bet him straight or parlay him with another red-hot prospect.
Frank Martin is listed at -250 in our Vegas boxing lines. This means that if you wager $100 on Martin, you have a chance to win $40. Michel Rivera is +200, offering a chance to win $200 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives Martin a 71.43% chance to win, with Rivera at 33.33%.