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Author: Luke Irwin

UK Saturday Boxing Picks

  Interim WBO World Featherweight Championship: Carl Frampton (24-1) vs. Nonito Donaire (38-4) Nolan Howell: In the other top bill in the UK, Carl Frampton takes on Nonito Donaire in a hometown Belfast affair from Northern Ireland with the WBO interim featherweight title on the line. Frampton defeated Horacio Garcia by decision last time out, off the heels of his classic split double-bill with Leo Santa Cruz, while Donaire defeated Ruben Garcia Hernandez after dropping a decision to Jessie Magdaleno. Donaire is still a heavy puncher, all things considered, even if he is increasingly relying on that power against...

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The Betting Window for April 14-15

By: Luke Irwin | April 14, 2018 Here at Undercard Superstar, we’re in the business of your business! Just follow our sound betting advice advice, you, too, can live in a fantasy world where everything anyone does revolves around Russia, for some reason! Let’s make some cashola. Israel Adesanya -250 over Marvin Vettori ($50) Michelle Waterson EVEN over Cortney Casey ($20) Yushin Okami -120 over Dhiego Lima ($10) Tim Boetsch +200 over Antonio Carlos Junior ($10) Justin Gaethje +140 over Dustin Poirier ($10) Thunder isn’t what he once was, but at welterweight, he can certainly take down the lesser...

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Bellator 197 Picks

By: Luke Irwin | April 13, 2018 Brandon Girtz (15-7) vs. Michael Chandler (17-4) Luke Irwin: Yes, I wanted Chandler to earn his title back after an injury forced him to relenquish it during his defense to Brent Primus, but Girtz will be a game opponent at the very least. Still, Chandler is way too good. Chandler via R3 TKO. Nolan Howell: While Girtz certainly has the power to catch Chandler sleeping and put him back to sleep, Chandler has the decided advantage of determining where this fight gets to take place overall with his wrestling background if he...

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Fighters of the Week

By: Luke Irwin | April 9, 2018   Rose Namajunas: Proved it wasn’t a fluke by outdueling Joanna (ex-) Champion over five rounds to retain her UFC strawweight championship. She has Joanna’s number, and she’ll have to start a level below and climb her way back up for first time. What an impressive performance, goddamn.   Jarrett Hurd: Didn’t get caught in Erislandy Lara’s trap and didn’t fight his fight, and sent Lara to the canvas in the twelfth round to seal the win and is now the IBF and WBA world junior middleweight champion.   Khabib Nurmagomedov: Bullshit...

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Showtime Championship Boxing Picks

By: Luke Irwin | April 6, 2018 WBA/IBF/IBO World Junior Middleweight Championships: Erislandy Lara (c) (25-2-2) vs. Jarrett Hurd (c) (21-0) Luke Irwin: Lara tends to drag fighters into his kind of fight, and as dynamic as Hurd can be, I think he’ll fall into Lara’s trap. Lara via UD. Nolan Howell: Hurd generally relies more on power, but against the ruthless technician and someone who will not abandon a gameplan, no matter how ugly, like Lara, it is hard to pick Hurd even with the more impressive highlight reel and physical advantages if Lara is able to dictate...

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The Betting Window for April 6-8

By: Luke Irwin | April 6, 2018 Here at Undercard Superstar, we’re in the business of your business! Just follow our sound betting advice advice, you, too, can buy and consume enough blow to singlehandedly torpedo damn-near an entire fight card after acting like a complete dipshit! Let’s make some cashola. Caleb Truax +325 over James DeGale ($10) Joanna Jedrzejczyk -120 over Rose Namajunas ($20) Erislandy Lara -125 over Jarrett Hurd ($25) Ashlee Evans-Smith -190 over Bec Rawlings ($30) Karolina Kowalkiewicz -190 over Felice Herrig ($15) Last time out in England, Truax fought an almost perfect fight against DeGale,...

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Your Weekend in Combat Sports

By: Luke Irwin | April 6, 2018 As always, programming is listed in ESTLive fights are in BOLD.Premiere programming is in ITALICS.MMA programming is in ORANGE.Boxing programming is in RED.Kickboxing/Muay Thai/Karate programming is in BLUE.Wrestling/Jiu Jitsu/Grappling programming is in PURPLE.Misc./Combination combat sports programming is in GREEN. Friday April 6 10:00am: ASICS FloNationals (FloWrestling)12:00pm: Flo Reno Worlds (FloWrestling)12:30pm: Polish Fight Night (FREE Fite.tv)6:00pm: UFC 223 Weigh-Ins (Fox Sports 2/UFC Fight Pass)6:00pm: Fight To Win Pro 68 (FloGrappling)6:30pm: UFC 25th Anniversary Press Conference (UFC Fight Pass)7:00pm: Bellator 196 Prelims (ParamountNetwork.com)7:00pm: Titan Fighting Championship 49 (UFC Fight Pass)8:00pm: UFC Tonight (Fox Sports...

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Your Weekend in Combat Sports

By: Luke Irwin | April 6, 2018 As always, programming is listed in ESTLive fights are in BOLD.Premiere programming is in ITALICS.MMA programming is in ORANGE.Boxing programming is in RED.Kickboxing/Muay Thai/Karate programming is in BLUE.Wrestling/Jiu Jitsu/Grappling programming is in PURPLE.Misc./Combination combat sports programming is in GREEN. Friday April 6 10:00am: ASICS FloNationals (FloWrestling)12:00pm: Flo Reno Worlds (FloWrestling)12:30pm: Polish Fight Night (FREE Fite.tv)6:00pm: UFC 223 Weigh-Ins (Fox Sports 2/UFC Fight Pass)6:00pm: Fight To Win Pro 68 (FloGrappling)6:30pm: UFC 25th Anniversary Press Conference (UFC Fight Pass)7:00pm: Bellator 196 Prelims (ParamountNetwork.com)7:00pm: Titan Fighting Championship 49 (UFC Fight Pass)8:00pm: UFC Tonight (Fox Sports...

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Anthony Joshua laps Joseph Parker down the stretch in unanimous decision

The Sports Daily > Undercard Superstar Anthony Joshua laps Joseph Parker down the stretch in unanimous decision Contributor: Nolan Howell Anthony Joshua was in a world of his own stepping into the ring Saturday night. Coming out of the locker room at Welsh Rugby Union-owned Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, the crowd of nearly 80,000 made the fight seem like another worldwide spectacle, something unmatched in the world of combat sports today. Perhaps the only other man who could claim such an atmosphere is just a mark on Joshua’s ledger now, as he sparked Wladimir Klitschko in the 11th round...

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Showtime/SKY Championship Boxing: Joshua vs. Parker Picks

The Sports Daily > Undercard Superstar Showtime/SKY Championship Boxing: Joshua vs. Parker Picks WBA/WBO/IBF/IBO World Heavyweight Championships: Anthony Joshua (c) (20-0) vs. Joseph Parker (24-0) Luke Irwin: I’m surprised that AJ line is as low as it is and it probably won’t stay that way, so I’m happy I got it when I did. I don’t see any way Parker takes this, even his power isn’t where it used to be. Joshua can be rocked, his chin isn’t invincible, but I don’t think today’s Parker can crack him good enough to make a difference. There’s no way a fighter that...

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Top-20 Fights to Look Forward to in April

The Sports Daily > Undercard Superstar Top-20 Fights to Look Forward to in April When: April 1 Who: Kunlun Fight 70kg Tournament Semifinal: Anatoly Moiseev (19-3-1) vs. Nordin Ben Moh (52-6) Where: Kunlun Fight 71, Mangrove Tree Resport, Qingdao, China How To Watch: 2:40am, Fite.tv ($5.99) Why: One of these years, Kunlun Fight’s 70kg tournament will meet its end, and we’ll have a true victor in kickboxing’s most talented division, but you, me, and this Earth, will all be dead by then. When: April 1 Who: 70kg Bout: Dzianis Zuev (21-8) vs. Jomthong Chuwattana (203-40-4) Where: Kunlun Fight 71, Mangrove...

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The Betting Window for March 30-April 1

The Sports Daily > Undercard Superstar The Betting Window for March 30-April 1 Here at Undercard Superstar, we’re in the business of your business! Just follow our sound betting advice advice, you, too, can own a digital company that can put out high-quality content like this! Let’s make some cashola! Anthony Joshua -900 over Joseph Parker ($45) Alexander Povetkin -2250 over David Price ($25) Ryan Burnett -3000 over Yonfrez Parejo ($10) Michal Syrowatka +170 over Robbie Davies Jr. ($10) Morgan Jones -115 over Mose Auimatagi Jr. ($10) I’m surprised that AJ line is as low as it is and it...

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The Ecstasy of Gold: 5 Best Title Fights of the Weekend

By: Luke Irwin | March 27, 2018 The championship fight. The pinnacle of achievement across combat sports for centuries. A premiere attraction that draws millions every year. But not all title bouts are created equally. So which title bouts every week are the ones to watch? We’ll look over every title fight from across the combat sports landscape and give you the five best based on five criteria: Competitiveness: Is this an even matchup? Or just a warm body to throw at a champion? It’s a title fight, so we want the best possible at that division in that...

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The Betting Window for March 23-25

The Sports Daily > Undercard Superstar The Betting Window for March 23-25 Here at Undercard Superstar, we’re in the business of your business! Just follow our sound betting advice advice, you, too, can afford to be in the highest seat of power in the world and describe how you’d defeat other old men in political hand-to-hand combat! Let’s make some cashola. Dillian Whyte -400 over Lucas Browne ($20) Scott Cardle +950 over Lewis Ritson ($5) Callum Johnson -120 over Frank Buglioni ($10) Jamie Cox -10000 over Bruno Tavares ($35) Craig Richards -10000 over Ivan Stupalo ($30) For the record, I...

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