I DID A PREVIEW ON THE BOXING LAST WEEKEND AND HIT A 16/1 WINNER ON MY FIRST TIME BACK FOR A LONG, LONG WHILE. THERE WERE TWO 4/6 SHOTS ACCOMPANIED BY TWO 6/4 SHOTS. THE 6/1 SHOT I PREDICTED WAS WELL ON HIS WAY TO VICTORY (OFFICIALLY UP ON THE SCORECARDS AFTER ROUND 9) WHEN HE HIT HIS OPPONENT MILLISECONDS AFTER THE BELL. A HUGE BRAWL ERUPTED AND WE NEVER SAW THE END OF THE FIGHT. STILL I SMASHED EVERY OTHER PREDICTION.
Again, another weekend of football and boxing. As you know boxing is my sport and my home town team Reading are in action.
My favourite fighter, Jamie COX, fights on Sky Sports this weekend (Used to be Boxnation) and fights for Eddie Hearn's Matchroom production. He is fighting Lewis Taylor in UK contest for some Mickey Mouse Intercontinental belt.
Jamie was a great amateur, has boxed and floored some world champions in sparring, is renowned in the boxing circles for being an amazing talent but has been relatively inactive for the last five years. He is undefeated and has several first round knockouts and I don't expect Taylor to follow suit.
Taylor is moving up in weight but is very strong and durable but I expect COX to get rid of him in the second half of the contest. He is just 4/7 for the KO which I think is very poor but if you can value in the second half of the fight then that might be worth adding to the accumulator. Jamie is 5/2 to win between rounds 7-12
Anthony FOWLER (cousin of Robbie) is 750/1 on in some places as he makes his debut. I don't he will win by first round KO on his debut but it might take him a few rounds. If the fight is four rounds, then a points option maybe worth a small dabble. His opponent is Latvian born and has yet to be knocked out.
Joe CORDINA is back on the bill and I expect another routine victory. He has two knockouts out of two. However, the welshman is fighting another undefeated fighter but I doubt he will provide much opposition. The KO is 2/9 and this is most likely but I wouldn't put your house on it as it'll only be a 4 o 6 rounder.
Lawrence OKOLIE faces Ross Henshaw and I anticipate another round 1 drubbing for OKOLIE. He is the perfect build for a cruiserweight and his 6'5 frame will be too much for Henshaw. Apparently, many expect Henshaw to see rounds 2 or 3 but I'm not convinced. I predicted Dubois would blow his opponent out in one last week and he duly did. Round 1 is 8/13 at best
Dave ALLEN fights Lenroy Thomas for the Commonwealth title. I think Thomas is pretty poor and Allen is not a bad fighter. He is 4/6 (and drifting) for the KO and 15/4 for the decision to go to points. Either way, Allen is getting the win at 1/4. I just watched Thomas from four years ago and he don't look that bad and the points win at nearly 4/1 is decent. Let's play it safe and go for the straight win.
George GROVES takes on Fedor Chudinov for a world title and the money appears to be going on a points win at 8/11. I anticipate a Groves win but you never know his mental state having put his last opponent in hospital (Eduard Gutknecht now mute and wheelchair bound). Groves has a tremendous job and a thudding right hand but appears more systematic when fighting. He used to go all out for a KO but since his losses to Carl Froch, he has become gun shy. Chudinov is very good, having one defeat (dubious decision to Felix Sturm) and this will be a tough fight. There isn't any money to be made on the duration of rounds and the best bet would be the KO! Chudinov is only 5'9 which is very small for a super middleweight.
The main event is Errol Spence versus Kell Brook and this is real pick-em kind of fight. Basically Brook is a cracking UK fighter only to be beaten by pound for pound king GGG (Brook went up two weights therefore a huge disadvantage) whilst Spence is the next best thing in the USA. He gave Mayweather in sparring, knocked down Broner, ruined Hatley and all the boxers rate him highly. However, lets not forget Brook is a class act.
The money is going on SPENCE and is now 4/6 and was once 11/10. He was 3/1 for the KO but now you can get 9/4. I really can't decide but if I had to, then I'd go for Spence in the later rounds. My reasoning is that the amount of weight Brook has had to take off. Naturally he is going to tire in the later rounds because his body at 31 years old is not designed for welterweight.
BEST BET (Double with Bet365)
Lawrence Okolie Round 1
Lawrence Okolie v Russ Henshaw - Round Betting
David Allen v Lenroy Thomas - Winner
IT PAYS AROUND 6/4
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