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Biggest Boxing Saturday of 2014 so far

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.

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