By Karl Freitag
It’s the biggest boxing weekend of 2014 so far as lots of big names see action on Saturday, plus we have the year’s first head-to-head confrontation between HBO and Showtime.
In Stuttgart, Germany, 43-year-old First Arslan looks to become the oldest cruiserweight world champion in history when he challenges WBO beltholder Marco Huck. After narrowly defeating Arslan in their 2012 fight, Huck is a -450 favorite to do it again, while Arslan backers can get +425. Also on the undercard, comebacking David Price is a whopping -10000 against late sub Istvan Ruzsinszky.
The big HBO card in New York City features a fighter touted as a future superstar in Mikey Garcia, who defends his WBO jr lightweight belt against Juan Carlos Burgos. Garcia is a -1000 to make Burgos 0 for 3 in world title fights. Burgos is at +800. Also featured on that card is an intriguing showdown between unbeaten heavyweights as Bryant Jennings takes on Artur Szpilka. Jennings has been tapped as a -187 favorite, while Szpilka is at +200.
Meanwhile, on the Showtime card in Washington DC, IBF jr welterweight champion Lamont Peterson returns from his non-title KO loss to Lucas Matthysse to defend against mandatory challenger Dierry Jean. This fight has the tightest odds of the week with Peterson being a slight -137 favorite over Jean who is at +140. Also unbeaten jr middleweight Jermell Charlo is a -200 favorite to beat fan favorite Gabriel Rosado, who is +200.