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Sergey Kovalev v Anthony Yarde (August 24)

Anthony Yarde will walk into enemy territory when he challenges WBO light-heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev on August 24. Will ‘The Beast From The East’ leave Russia as a world champion or will the experienced champion retain his belt to send the challenger home empty-handed? Read on for our betting tips & guide to the big fight.

Anthony Yarde’s road to a world light-heavyweight title shot has been short and sweet – it will come in only his 19th professional outing. The 28-year-old Londoner, who had a brief amateur career, has amassed a perfect record of 18-0 since turning pro and only man has managed to go the distance with him in this time, and that was in a four-rounder in his second bout back in June 2015. Yarde has been a light-heavyweight wrecking ball, but can he now pass the biggest test of his career?

Sergey Kovalev has been there, done it and bought the t-shirt. Having racked up medals in the Russian and world military amateur ranks, ‘Krusher’ crossed over into the professional scene a decade ago and has enjoyed a good deal of success ever since.

Six years ago he became a world champion for the first time when he dethroned Welshman Nathan Cleverly inside four rounds to become WBO light-heavyweight champion, and less than 18 months later he added the WBA (Super) and IBF titles to his collection by besting the legendary Bernard Hopkins over 12 rounds. After several successful defences he surrendered his titles to Andre Ward in November 2016, and when the two men met several months later it was the American who came out on top once again, this time stopping Kovalev inside eight rounds. The Russian bounced back to reclaim the WBO belt in his very next fight before losing it to Eleider Alvarez a year ago, but he avenged that loss to the Colombian with a unanimous decision victory in February, setting up this world title showdown between Kovalev and rising British star Yarde.

But will Kovalev enjoy a successful defence of the title he is now holding for the third time in his career, or can Yarde complete his swift rise to the top of the WBO’s light-heavyweight division by becoming a world champion for the first time? 

Yarde deserves a mountain of credit for agreeing to this massive step-up and he clearly possesses the pop in his punches that could cause problems for Kovalev, but ultimately I share the same opinion that a lot of pundits, tipsters and fans have about this fight – this fight has not come at the right time for the challenger.

Yarde has not been taken into deep waters during the 18 professional fights he has had so far and Kovalev is levels above the standard of opposition he has faced on the road to securing this world title fight. The Russian has shared the ring with some top talent over the course of his career and while he has now gone 3-3 in his last six fights, two of those defeats came against Andre Ward and there is certainly no shame in losing to a man who dominated at super-middleweight for several years before making the leap to light-heavyweight, where he also racked up a string of accolades.

Kovalev avenged his defeat to Eleider Alvarez a year ago by regaining his title from the Colombian back in February, and although you have to wonder just how much the 36-year-old has left in the tank at this time, he is still a top operator. He boasts a 76% knockout percentage after 37 fights, which proves he has the power to really test the chin of the challenger, and this will be the first time where we see Yarde come up against some adversity.

How will he respond? We will see on the night, but I do believe that Yarde will take the champion into the latter rounds. The problem is he will not topple the champion in his home country on points unless he dominates the contest to be a clear winner – and even then we know how boxing works, that may not be enough. That could make Yarde desperate, resulting in him walking onto a big shot that ends his challenge. Yarde will do enough to suggest that he could be a leading light-heavyweight down the line, but when all is said and done it will be Kovalev who is still sitting atop the WBO light-heavyweight ranks.

Vasiliy Lomachenko v Luke Campbell (August 31)

Vasiliy Lomachenko, considered by many to be the pound-for-pound number one fighter on the planet, defends his WBA (Super), WBO and Ring Magazine lightweight titles against Luke Campbell on Saturday, August 31. Can he continue his dominance of the division and add the vacant WBC belt to his collection, or will the Hull fighter shock the world to finally achieve his goal of becoming a world champion? Read on for our betting tips & guide to the big fight.

No boxer on the planet has enjoyed a remarkable rise through the professional ranks quite like Vasiliy Lomachenko. The 31-year-old enjoyed a glittering amateur career that saw him win Olympic gold medals and World Championship gold medals in two different weight classes as he compiled an astonishing record of 396 wins with one defeat (which he avenged twice), and it was not until late 2013 that he finally crossed over into the paid ranks.

After winning his professional debut he was given the opportunity to become the first fighter in history to win a world title in only his second outing, but Lomachenko underwhelmed on the night as he dropped what some considered a controversial decision to Orlando Salido. He would not make the same mistake again. In his very next fight he won the vacant WBO featherweight title and has not looked back, becoming a three-weight world champion and the unified lightweight champion of the world in just 14 professional fights. His last three performances in particular have staked his claim to being the best boxer on the planet right now. A 10th round stoppage of Jorge Linares and a unanimous decision win over Jose Pedraza saw him unify the WBA (Super), WBO and Ring Magazine titles, and he needed just four rounds to ruthlessly dispatch Anthony Crolla earlier this year.

Now Lomachenko has an opportunity to go one step closer to becoming the undisputed lightweight champion of the world by winning the one title that is not in his possession right now, the vacant WBC belt, and standing in his way is another man who won Olympic gold during his amateur career, Luke Campbell.

Campbell began his professional career only a handful of months before Lomachenko made his debut, and unlike the Ukrainian there were no early miss-fires as he racked up a 12-0 record that featured a string of stoppage losses. However, it would not be unfair to say that the opponents being laid out in front of him were much different to the ones being put in the ring with his opponent on August 31, and when ‘Cool Hand’ did finally take a step up in class he suffered his first defeat, dropping a decision to Yvan Mendy after a performance that could best be described as out-of-sorts. He quickly rebounded though with a run of five straight wins, and impressive TKO victory over Darleys Perez in April 2017 was enough to secure his first crack at a lightweight title.

That shot came against then-WBA and Ring Magazine champion Jorge Linares several months later and it ended in a second professional defeat for Campbell. ‘Cool Hand’ overcame an early knockdown and many, including one judge, thought he had done enough to come away with the victory. However, the other two judges gave it to Linares and had Campbell not been dropped early on in the bout, of them would have deemed it a draw, making the verdict a split decision draw. Instead it was ruled a split decision win for Linares, but undeterred Campbell has bounced back yet again with three straight wins, including a success over the first man to beat him in the pro ranks, and now he faces the biggest challenge of his career with all of the marbles on the line.

So can Campbell shock the world and become champion at the second time of asking, or will Lomachenko cement his status as the number one lightweight fighter on the planet by leaving London with the WBA (Super), WBC, WBO and Ring Magazine titles?

Make no bones about it, this is a gigantic challenge for Campbell and the bookmakers are not giving him much chance having installed Lomachenko as a 1/16 favourite while pricing the challenger at odds as big as 10/1. The bookies are clearly right in backing the visiting fighter, but I do not expect Campbell to go the same way as Crolla.

Campbell goes into the fight with a slight height advantage and a sizeable reach advantage, so if he can make the most of the latter and get his jab going early on, then he is going to force Lomachenko to be patient as he tries to find his rhythm and get inside that reach. It really is his only way to victory. But can that really be enough to dethrone Lomachenko, who in 14 fights has showcased a masterful blend of technique, fight IQ, footwork, cardio and punching power? Of course not. Sooner or later Lomachenko will take full control of this contest and when that happens he will add another world title to his ever growing collection. The question is, how will he win it?

Lomachenko needed less than 12 minutes to take out Anthony Crolla in April and he does boast a 71% knockout ratio, so it is clear for all to see that he packs a punch. Campbell, meanwhile, has been dropped twice in his career, but he has never been beaten inside the distance and that certainly makes me think he can at least last six rounds with the champion. Can he go the full 12 though? I am not so sure. Lomachenko could run away with this on the judges’ scorecards, but I am leaning towards him taking out Campbell in the second half of the fight. That knockout percentage and his knack for making opponents retire on their stool (he did in four straight fights) is just too much to ignore.

Hughie Fury v Alexander Povetkin (August 31)

Hughie Fury will look to record the biggest win of his professional career when he faces former world heavyweight champion Alexander Povetkin on the undercard of Vasiliy Lomachenko v Luke Campbell on August 31, but can Tyson’s younger brother provide heavyweight boxing with another sizeable upset in 2019? Read on for our betting tips & guide to the big fight.

Hughie Fury has got his career back on track in 2019, rebounding from the world heavyweight title loss to Joseph Parker in September 2017 and decision defeat to Kubrat Pulev just over a year later, by putting together back-to-back wins. Let us not get carried away though – those victories have hardly made him a leading contender in the heavyweight division. A second-round knockout win over Chris Norrad was then followed up by a farcical seventh-round stoppage of former world title contender Samuel Peter, but if he can get the better of Alexander Povetkin on August 31 he will have secured the biggest victory of his career and propelled himself back into the upper echelon of the division. But can he score the upset?

The bookmakers are siding with Povetkin for this one and it is no major surprise. The 39-year-old Russian held the WBA heavyweight title between August 2011 and October 2013, when he suffered the first of his two professional defeats at the hands of Wladimir Klitschko. ‘The White Lion’ rebounded from that loss over the next few years to reel off eight straight victories to propel him back into world title contention, but a series of failed drug tests left a dark cloud hanging over him and at one time he was banned for life by one governing body back in 2017. Povetkin was able to fight on though by other boxing boards and in September 2018 he attempted to dethrone then heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua. That quest ended in failure as he was stopped in the seventh round at Wembley Stadium and he has not had another fight since that night.

Povetkin will finally make his return to the ring on the undercard of the lightweight showdown between Vasiliy Lomachenko and Luke Campbell on August 31, but will his latest London outing end in a return to winning ways or can Fury claim the biggest scalp of his career so far and climb back into the world title picture for the first time since his decision defeat to then WBO champion Parker?

The bookmakers are expecting Fury to come up short against Povetkin, but they are not writing off the British heavyweight. While Povetkin is the 1/2 favourite, Fury is as short as 7/4 to record the biggest professional victory of his career so far and it would not surprise me if he got it.

Povetkin gave Joshua problems with his power when he challenged for several world heavyweight titles last September, but it has been almost 12 months since he last fought and when you add that to his age and those failed drug tests, you have to wonder just how much the Russian truly has in the tank ahead of this one. And if Fury can keep his distance, stay out of trouble and maintain his discipline then the fight could become his to lose.

Fury is the bigger man, both in terms of height and reach, and he has the footwork and handspeed that could help him pepper the former champion at range. He also, at 24, has age on his side too and that youth and freshness does make it tempting to back an upset. However, Fury does not have the power to trouble Povetkin and make him think twice about his attacks, and that is a massive problem for the British heavyweight. If he cannot deter Povetkin then he is going to have to stand up to some big shots coming his way, and not many men have managed to do that over the years.

Fury should not be written off here, but I expect Povetkin to take him out in the second half of the fight and send ‘The Fist Of Fury’ back to the drawing board.

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BOXING BETTING TIPS GUIDE: HOW TO BET ON THE SWEET SCIENCE

Boxing continues to be a popular sport to bet on and that is because the bookmakers offer no shortage of markets for every major fight as well as big domestic bust-ups. This wide selection of markets gives you the chance to make a healthy profit when betting on boxing, and here are some of the Bettingpro.com’s favourite boxing betting markets, using the Anthony Joshua v Joseph Parker world heavyweight title fight as an example…

Method Of Victory

This market is simple – you pick the winner of the market and how they will win the fight. By adding the method of victory on to simply backing a fighter, you give the price a nice shot in the arm. Joshua is as short as 1/12 to win this fight, but having stopped all of his previous 20 opponents you may like his chances of stopping Parker too. Now, odds of 1/3 are not particularly appealing, but you can see from this example that betting on a fighter’s method of victory can give his odds a healthy boost. And when it comes to bouts that are much closer to call, this market offers a great way to make a tidy profit. 

Total Rounds

The Total Rounds market gives punters the chance to bet on how many rounds the fight will or will not last. So, for example, if you believe Joshua will win in the last three rounds you could back Over 8.5 Total Rounds at 11/8, and this bet would still be a winner even if Parker won the fight as long as the bout went at least eight-and-a-half rounds. Alternatively, you may like Joshua’s chances of taking out Parker inside six rounds and Under 6.5 Total Rounds can be backed at Even money. And just like the Overs, this bet would be a winner if Parker won the fight, as long as he stopped Joshua in less than six-and-a-half rounds. This market covers every round from 1.5 Total Rounds to 10.5 Total Rounds so there are plenty of options.

Round Betting

One of the most popular ways to bet on combat sports is to bet on which round the fight will finish, and this market covers every single round in the fight. The odds can be quite lucrative too because you are pinpointing the ending of the bout down to just one round, so if you like Joshua for a 10th round stoppage you could get odds as big as 16/1, but if you believe Parker will get the nod from the judges after the full 12 rounds you could get a price as big as 33/1. If there is a market where you can make a big profit, it is this one.

Round Group Betting

But perhaps betting on a single round in a 12-round fight is not that appealing to you? If it is not, we highly recommend this boxing betting odds market because it lumps together multiple rounds and you can still get good odds. Some bookmakers will group together three rounds at a time, while others will simply split the fight in half to offer Rounds 1-6 and Rounds 7-12. When it comes to choosing a bookmaker it is simply down to how accurate you want to be with your prediction. In his most recent outings Joshua has gone into the second half of the fight so Rounds 7-12 could be tempting at 9/5, but if you want to narrow it down to the last three rounds, 10-12, the price is a much bigger 6/1. There are many options and the bigger the grouping of rounds the shorter the odds will get, but even at the shortest price, you can still make a nice profit with a winning bet.

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