I haven’t written a boxing article for a while because quite frankly I’ve not had the time. In addition to that a lot of the fights have been 50-50.
East London’s Kevin MITCHELL fights tonight live on Sky Sports. Mitchell is a lightweight (135lbs) and has been one of Britain’s top names for last decade more or less. He entered the boxing limelight alongside Amir Khan back in 2004 and at one stage they were destined to fight one another. However, Khan’s career has sky rocketed over in the States whilst Mitchell’s has plateaued over in the UK. Mitchell has fought for a World Title twice and has lost twice. Tonight he takes on an average (in my opinion) Mexican in a final eliminator for a World Title and he should take this on points or win by a point’s decision and I’m opting for the latter at 2/1 with Sporting Bet.
Kevin Mitchell has talent in abundance. He won British and Commonwealth Titles and was the first man to beat John Murray in 2011. He has been knocked out twice; once against Scotland’s Ricky Burns and once against Australian Michael Katsidis. It is well known throughout the boxing world that Kevin has struggled with drink and drugs but I think those problems are well and truly behind him and realises this is his last crack at the big time.
His opponent is a Mexican called Daniel ESTRADA. The man called Tremendo has brought over current Boxing Legend Juan Manual Marquez as his corner man so he means business. He has lost three times and in his last fight was knocked out in nine rounds by WBC Champion Omar Figueroa.
If Kevin sticks to his boxing then he will outbox Daniel Estrada although he has to make sure he doesn’t become embroiled in a brawl because Estrada has 24 knockouts from 32 fights. I’ve watched Estrada a couple of times and he is very is basic in my opinion. He is a tall, rangy righter with a half decent jab, throws several looping shots during the round and predominantly targets the head followed by the body.
There isn’t any value in the round betting but this fight will see more than six rounds. If you don’t fancy points at 2/1 then have a small stake on Mitchell between rounds 9-12 @ 9/1 with Bet365. Rounds 7-12 is available at 7/2 with Paddy Power and Ladbrokes.
John RYDER, who I rate very highly should see off late replacement Billi Facundo GODOY. Godoy is a half decent opponent but I think the North Londoner will stop him before the bell rings out. Ryder is 8/15 to win by Knockout and this should be added to an accumulator. I can see this being a great scrap but one that Ryder takes down the stretch. He was only just beaten by Billy Joe Saunders by I expect to see him fighting for World Title Honours in the next couple of years. Godoy is 4/7 to hit the canvas with Paddy Power and again I think this a realistic possibility. The most likely option is the 13/8 with Sky Bet on Ryder wearing down the Argentinian in the second half of the fight (Rounds 7-12). KEEP AN EYE ON THE IN-PLAY BETTING AND JUDGE THE STAMINA AND CONDITIONING OF GODOY.
Tommy MARTIN takes on Ricky BOYLAN and I’m going with the slight underdog in Tommy MARTIN. He is available at 11/10. The 20 year old is unbeaten and I rate him very highly and one of the best up and coming fighters around. This English Title Fight could be considered a pick-em’ but in all honesty I think MARTIN is a better boxer than BOYLAN. Boylan is short as 8/11 with some firms but I think MARTIN is a quicker boxer than BOYLAN and it promises to be an exciting fight. Play it safe with a Martin win or go for a Martin points win at 2/1 General.
John Wayne HIBBERT is a stand-out 15/4 for a knockout win tonight over Tyler Goodjohn. Goodjohn beat Ricky BOYLAN (above) by Majority Decision to get this fight but I don’t he is as good as Hibbert. In my opinion Hibbert hits too hard for him and he will succumb to this power during the mid-late rounds of the fight. Goodjohn has already lost three fights whereas Hibbert has lost just twice in his professional career. I'm urging you all to get on a Hibbert win by TKO, KO @ 4/1 with Bet365.
***PLAY WITH SMALL STAKES PEOPLE***
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