Irish sports gambling fans have always enjoyed their boxing, but the professional boxing scene still shows a lack of Irish contenders at the top level. We are however reliably informed that gambling on boxing is still extremely popular in Ireland, so let’s take a look at what’s coming up over the next couple of months on the international boxing scene. Actually this weekend sees a long awaited fight between two naturalised Canadians in Montreal, with Lucian Bute taking on Jean Pascal in the super middleweight division. Serious boxing gambling enthusiasts will know that both these boxers have had their ups and downs over recent years, but this fight threatens to be very close with Pascal currently slight favourite with the bookmakers. The bad news for sports gambling fans who follow boxing and enjoy a close fight is that this fight looks like being the only close fought bout in the foreseeable future. Other bouts this month include David Price against Konstantin Airich with Price 1/14, and the up and coming young Mikey Garcia odds on favourite at 1/12 to beat Juan Carlos Burgos. On 1st February Olympic champion Anthony Joshua continues his professional career with what must be one of the most one-sided contest in the eyes of the bookies for years, with Joshua 1/200 with Paddy Power. We can’t see many boxing gambling fans taking that one on. Slightly better is Dereck Chisora’s next fight on the 15th against Andriy Rudenko, although with Chisora at 1/8 the forecast is hardly close. Perhaps sports gambling fans who enjoy gambling on boxing will have to wait until the beginning of April for another close contest when Carl Froch enters the ring with George Groves. Carl Froch was voted British boxer of the year for 2013 and always puts on a real performance, so we can all look forward to that one.