Sky Box Office brings us an evening of what promises to be another big night for some of Britain’s biggest prospects. The main event is obviously Anthony Joshua V Eric Molina, but GibLad reviews the Full Night Fight Card.
Katie Taylor V Viviane Obenauf (6×2 women’s featherweight – 1830)
Katie The Bray Bomber Taylor returns to the ring for her 2nd profession bout against a really tough opponent in Viviane Obenauf. The 2012 Olympic gold medalist and Ireland’s flag bearer at the London games had a fantastic amateur career and is now taking that into the professional ring. Taylor’s first fight was a comfortable 3rd round stoppage of Karina Kopinska, her 2nd bout could prove a much tougher outing however.
Obenauf has a record of 9-1 and only losing to featherweight world champion Vissia Trovato last Novemeber. We still expect it to be a win a for The Irishwoman as do the bookies who have her priced up @1/200 in places, best price is Ladbrokes @1/66. It’s difficult to find value in a fight that is expected to be so one sided but if you fancy the Brazilian born Obenauf the best price is @25/1 with a few of the firms. We will find out bets in the round betting on this one Taylor to win in round 6 is @9/1 with Ladbrokes.
Luis Ortiz V David Allen 10×3 heavyweight – 19:00
The night gets underway with David Allen taking on Cuban knockout merchant Luis Ortiz. This is the Brits first fight since his points defeat to Dillian Whyte back in July. Following that defeat Allen announced he would be taking some time away from the sport as he had been battling depression. It had also been reported that he had had gambling problems which has also blighted the heavyweights prospects.
Allen could not have chosen a tougher opponent for his comeback fight, Luis “King Kong” Ortiz has been tearing up the heavyweight division with some blistering knock outs, winning 22 of his 26 victories by KO or TKO. Ortiz was less than impressive when the southpaw found himself chasing American Malik Scott around the ring for the entire bout. Ortiz was majorly criticised for not stopping Scott. With Ortiz having something to prove and Allens reported issues we can only see one outcome here.
But that is too short for us so Ortiz to win via KO is best price @2/5 with bet365.
Hosea Burton V Frank Buglioni (British light-heavyweight title – 19:30)
The 2nd fight is an all British affair for the British light heavyweight title Hosea “The Hammer” Burton looks to defend his title against Frank “Wise Guy” Buglioni.
The challenger has been in a boisterous mood promising to dismantle Burton. Burton has an unbeaten record of 18 wins 9 by KO or TKO, he has been in KO form recently winning his last 4 bouts all by TKO including when he won the vacant title against Miles Shinkwin back in February.
The clock is ticking to December 10th. There will be a new British Light Heavyweight Champion!… https://t.co/X1ZJ8vsyaj
— Frank Buglioni (@FrankBuglioni) November 28, 2016
Buglioni has only had 1 fight since losing to Fedor Chudinov for the WBA World super middleweight title in September 2015. That was a TKO win over Olegs Fedotovs in March of this year. We think the challenger can upset the odds on Saturday night and is best price with Ladbrokes to do so @5/2, if you are looking for a bigger price then @4/1 with Ladbrokes for Buglioni to win by KO or TKO is what we think will be the outcome in what promises to be a “great” British title fight.
Scott Quigg V Jose Cayetano (WBA international featherweight title – 20:00)
Scott Quigg makes his long awaited return to the ring on Saturday to face Jose Cayetano. Quigg has not fought since breaking his jaw in an epic slit decision bout against Carl Frampton.
Quigg fought 8 rounds with his jaw broke which took great courage and heart but was edged out by Frampton. We expect Quigg to bounce back with a comfortable win over Cayetano who takes this fight at 3 weeks notice and is not a natural featherweight. Ladbrokes are stand out best price @1/20 for a Quigg win, he is as short as @1/50 in places so the @1/20 could be a shout if you fance a short price but we believe the value is in a Quigg decision which is best price @8/11 across the board.
Fight 5 Callum Smith V Luke Blackledge (British super-middleweight title – 20:30)
Callum Smith, the youngest of the 4 Smith brothers is slicing through the Super-middleweight division with emphatic ease it would seem. The Liverpudlian boast a perfect 21-0 record with 16 of them coming by way of KO. Smith is now the mandatory challenger for the WBC world super middleweight title and he is expected to fight the winner of Badou Jack and James De Gale who are scheduled for a unification fight in early 2017.
To avoid ring rust and to keep busy Smith will fight Blackledge who has said this week he wants to end Callum’s world title dreams. Smith is expected to win this comfortably and is best price with Labrokes @1/50 but we fancy an early stoppage and you can get Smith @1/1 with Skybet to win in the first 4 rounds.
Luis Conception V Khalid Yafai (WBA super-flyweight title – 21:00)
Yafai is the challenger for the title tonight but will be favourite to take the WBA super-flyweight title from Panama’s Luis Concepcion. Concepcion won the belt in Tokyo beating Kohei Kono in a unanimous points decision.
Yafai is the current British, IBF and WBA Inter-Continental super-flyweight champion and is best price @8/15 with Skybet but generally @1/2 to bring home the title to Birmingham. He is unbeaten after 20 professional bouts and has won 14 of them by KO or TKO and is @9/4 with Hills and Paddy Power to do the same to Concepcion which is what our money is on.
Fight 6 Dillian Whyte V Dereck Chisora (Heavyweight WBC eliminator – 21:30)
This one really is a grudge match, neither fighter likes the other and they have come to blows leading up to the bout more than once. Whilst appearing on Sky Sports “The gloves are off” this week Chisora stood up and swilled Whyte with a glass of water which sparked 5 minutes of mayhem whereby the security guards struggled to keep the two heavyweights apart.
Things only got worse from then when during the press conference Chisora then threw a table across the stage in the direction of Whyte which again caused bedlam, with scuffled between the pairs teams erupting.
This really makes for what is clearly going to be an exciting fight. Whyte has won 19 of his 20 professional fights winning 15 by KO only losing to the sensational Anthony Joshua. Chisora is extremely experienced though and has been in the ring with some of the biggest names in the heavyweight division such as Tyson Fury, Danny Williams, David Haye and Vitali Klitchko.
We can’t see this fight going the distance and we expect Whyte to win the contest provided he boxers and doesn’t get involved in a scrap. You can get @5/2 about Chisora if you fancy the outsider but the smart money is on Whyte who can be backed @2/5 with Coral. We like the @6/4 with Corals for Whyte to win by a knockout to technical knockout. Whatever the result you can expect fireworks with this one., check out the full interview from ‘Gloves are Off’ below.
Main Event: Anthong Joshua V Eric Molina (IBF heavyweight title – 22:30)
Joshua defends his IBF title against the tough American Eric Molina. Molina believes his destiny has arrived and having always been the under dog following a defeat in his first pro bout almost 10 years ago, everything has lead him to this moment. His current record stands at 25 (19KO) wins and 3 defeats. Joshua has been a breath of fresh air in the heavyweight division since turning pro shortly after winning gold at the 2012 Olympics.
His blistering speed and power is scary and although some critics have questioned the quality of his opponents now he has a world title to defend their certainly will be no hiding places. We think AJ wins comfortably again tonight with another early stoppage, he seem comfortable and ready for action.
— Anthony Joshua (@anthonyfjoshua) December 8, 2016
As everyone knows in the heavyweight division it only takes one punch and you can get a price of @14/1 with bet365 for Molina to strip Joshua of the title. Ladbrokes are best price on Joshua @1/25, our money will be on @7/4 best with Ladbrokes on AJ to stop him in either rounds 1 or 2. We hope you enjoy what promises to be a great night for British boxing!
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