- Mick Conlan has opened as the -909 odds on favorite to beat Miguel Marriaga on Saturday night.
- This will mark Conlan’s first bout since suffering a 12th-round KO loss against Leigh Wood last March.
- Conlan and Marriaga will headline a boxing card on August 6 at the SSE Arena in Belfast.
Sportsbooks are picking Irish boxing star Michael Conlan to bounce back from the first loss of his professional boxing career when he faces former title challenger Miguel Marriaga this weekend.
According to the best boxing betting sites, Conlan is a massive -909 betting favorite to beat the more experienced Marriaga, who hit the betting board at +500 odds:
Michael Conlan (-909)
Miguel Marriaga (+500)https://t.co/I4Rbf3yStl
— ProBoxingOdds (@ProBoxingOdds) August 2, 2022
Conland and Marriaga will headline the August 6th boxing fight card at the SSE Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The event is part of Belfast’s annual Feile an Phobail Festival.
Leigh Wood Knocks Out Mick Conlan
— Fight Network (@fightnet) March 13, 2022
Conlan is fresh off a 12th-round knockout loss in his first world title challenge against Leigh Wood last March 12th in England. Conlan and Wood went back and forth in an epic WBA (regular) featherweight title bout that ended in Wood stopping Conlan with less than two minutes left in the bout. At the time of the stoppage, Conlan was ahead on all three judges’ scorecards.
The 30-year-old from Belfast was an amateur standout and a former no. 1 ranked fighter in the AIBA rankings. Conland was a 2012 Olympic gold medalist and a 2015 gold medal winner at the World Championships before turning professional in March 2017. He went unbeaten in his first 16 professional bouts, annexing the WBO Inter-Continental featherweight title and WBO international super bantamweight championship. Conland has a record of 16-1 with 8 knockouts.
The Irishman has opened with the minus money sign written next to his name in all of his professional boxing bouts, including as a favorite of at least -1000 in the first 14. Conlan opened and closed with his longest odds to date when he fought Wood the last time out, doing so at -160 and -200, respectively.
Eduardo Ramirez Beats Miguel Marriaga in Wide Unanimous Decision
🇲🇽 Eduardo Ramirez knocks down Miguel Marriaga en route to a wide unanimous decision win on the #DavisCruz card in Los Angeles. ⚔️
📝 99-90 (x3)
— Boxing Social (@boxing_social) December 6, 2021
Like Conlan, Miguel Marriaga heads to Saturday’s bout with a loss in his last appearance. Marriaga suffered a wide unanimous decision loss to Eduardo Ramirez in the undercard of Tank Davis vs Isaac Cruz in Los Angeles last December 5, 2021. The defeat was the second in his last three bouts for the former WBC Continental Americas featherweight champion.
The 35-year-old Marriaga has been a factor at featherweight and junior lightweight since making his U.S. debut in 2014. He has challenged for a world title three times, losing all attempts. In 2017, Marriaga fought in back-to-back world title fights, losing to Oscar Valdez via unanimous decision for the WBO featherweight title in April and suffering a TKO loss to Vasyl Lomachenko for the WBC junior lightweight title four months later. Overall, Marriaga has a record of 30-5 with 26 knockouts.
Marriaga will be the betting underdog for the 5th time in his last 10 bouts and is his third longest opening odds ever in the pro ranks. The four previous times where he opened with the plus money sign next to his name ended up in losses for the Colombian. It’s worth noting, however, that three of his five defeats were in world title fights.