Michel Rivera vs. Frank Martin: Fight predictions, odds, undercard, start time for Showtime Boxing

Too often in boxing, fans are forced to watch talented young boxers fight soft fights, avoiding risks until the opportunity to fight for a title presents itself. Not so on Saturday as two undefeated lightweights face off in the biggest fight of their careers when Frank Martin takes on Michel Rivera (10 p.m. ET showtime).

Rivera leaned on a passing resemblance to a young Muhammad Ali, wearing similarly styled trunks and sporting Ali’s hairstyle.

To date, Rivera has done everything asked of him inside the ring, going 24-0 with 14 wins by knockout at just 24 years old. His toughest test came in July 2021 when he faced Jon Fernandez. Fernandez was able to drop Rivera in round six, but Rivera burst in and scored a knockout with a crushing right hand in round 8.

During the pre-fight press conference, Rivera spoke about his opponent while touting his own size and skill as just too much for Martin.

“We know Martin is a good boxer with ability, but I’m the guy. I’m bigger and stronger,” Rivera said. “He’s strong and confident too, but I’m more confident. It’s my moment and I have to do everything to win this fight. This fight is everything. I believe I’m more talented, but I like that he’s confident. For me, it’s the best fight of the year. No one should miss this fight.”

Martin runs in the same group as Errol Spence Jr. While Martin is older than Rivera at 27, he has less experience with a 16-0 record.

Martin’s level of competition may have been a bit below his skill set, but he consistently showed they could make him a lightweight player. Coming off of the TKO victory over Romero Duno and Jackson Marinez in 2022, Martin is ready to take the biggest step of his career when he takes on Rivera.

“This is the fight that’s going to take me to the next level,” Martin said at the press conference. “I’m not looking past Rivera, but my main goal is just to get in there and capitalize on the game plan and get the win. Then we’ll just keep going up from there.”

Both men guarantee action and a can’t-miss fight on Saturday night as they close out 2022 with the last big broadcast fight of the year.

Rivera vs. Martin fight card, odds

Odds via Caesars Sportsbook

Frank Martin -240 Michael Rivera +200 Lightweight
Jose Uzcategui Vladimir Shishkin super middle
Vincent Astrolabio Nikolai Potapov Bantam-weight

Prediction

Martin is favored despite being less tested at higher levels. It’s likely a combination of his power and the fact that we’ve seen Rivera put on deck in his career. Still, Martin has to navigate to get in range against a skilled fighter with good range. It’s a fantastic fight not just because of the combination of two undefeated young fighters who need to make a splash in a deep division, but because stylistically it’s an intriguing fight that should deliver on the action promises of both. fighters.

Rivera having been tested and having sharp skills, good finesse and length gives him the edge for an upset. The fight could easily go either way, but Rivera will likely get back into the fight if he goes over four rounds. Pick: Michel Rivera via UD

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