In this article we take a look at a few of the best Mexican boxers competing today, and what their odds are in their upcoming fights.
When you think of Mexican boxers, a few things come to mind. Grit, toughness, determination. The Mexican combat sport athletes have gained a fearsome reputation are some of the most durable fighters in the world.
Today, many Mexican fighters are at the top of their respective division, and many have some huge fights taking place on the horizon. Now we’ll take a look at 3 of the best Mexican boxers competing today, and what will be next for them in their careers.
Saul “Canelo” Alvarez
Perhaps the most well-known Mexican boxer today is current WBO light-middleweight champion Saul Alvarez. The 26 year old power puncher has faced some of the best fighters of all time in his career, and aside from a loss to pound-for-pound great Floyd Mayweather, he’s looked virtually unstoppable.
Saul Alvarez’s past five wins
- James Kirkland: KO
- Miguel Cotto: UD
- Amir Khan: KO
- Liam Smith: TKO
- Julio Cesar Chavez Jr: US
Canelo took on one of his most experienced opponents in May of 2017, and despite many online sportsbooks in Mexico listing the odds as relatively close, he dominated Chavez Jr. from bell to bell to earn the unanimous decision.
After that masterful performance it was announced that Alvarez would be moving up in weight to take on fellow champion and one of the best fighters competing right now, Gennady Golovkin. This is one of the best boxing fights to bet on in 2017, and fans around the world are busy predicting who will win. Intertops lists Canelo as the slight underdog in this one with odds of 2.40, but some boxing betting experts feel he’ll get the win.
Juan Manuel Marquez
There’s no denying Canelo is one of the best Mexican boxers competing today, but legendary fighter Juan Manuel Marquez may be able to give him a run for his money. A professional since 1993, Marquez has fought a who’s who of top fighters, most notably a 4-fight series with Manny Pacquiao.
Juan Manuel Marquez hasn’t fought since 2014, but numerous reports are stating he is preparing for a comeback sometime in 2017 against Miguel Cotto. He’s 43 years of age and has taken part in numerous wars throughout his career, but if anyone can come back it’s Marquez.
None of the sports betting sites in Mexico including Intertops have listed the Marquez vs. Cotto betting odds yet, although it seems likely that Cotto would enter as the considerable favorite.
26 year old Rey Vargas certainly doesn’t have the household name recognition that Alvarez and Marquez have, but he’s quickly becoming a star and is without a doubt one of the best Mexican boxers competing today. In February, he proved just how good he is with a decision win over Gavin McDonnell to earn the WBC super bantamweight title.
It’s unclear at this point who Vargas will face next. He’s a perfect 29-0 in his professional career, and may have a tough time finding young contenders in a somewhat thin weight class. Perhaps the most exciting matchup for this fighter would be with one of the best pound for pound fighters in the world, Roman Gonzalez.
This would be one of the biggest boxing fights of the year if it were to get scheduled. Gonzalez would almost assuredly come in as the boxing betting favorite, despite losing a close decision in his most recent. Vargas certainly has a shot at making Mexican gambling news with the upset win, however.
These are only a few of the best Mexican fighters competing today. The country has produced some of the most legendary fights in the world over the years, and will likely produce many more in the future. Make sure to head to Intertops for a full list of 2017 boxing betting odds.