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Regis Prograis v Josh Taylor (October 26)

Somebody’s ‘0’ has got to go when WBA champion Regis Prograis takes on IBF champion Josh Taylor in the super-lightweight final of the World Boxing Super Series. Prograis booked his place in the final by following up a unanimous decision win over Terry Flanagan in October 2018 with a six-round knockout of Kiryl Relikh in April of this year, while Taylor advanced to the final  by stopping Ryan Martin inside seven rounds last November and then beating Ivan Baranchyk on points in May. But only one man can walk away from the o2 Arena in London with the Ali Trophy as well as the IBF, WBA and WBA (Super) titles, so who will it be?

The bookmakers have installed Prograis as the 8/13 odds-on favourite for this one and that is no major surprise considering he has racked up 24 career victories and is currently ranked number one in the division by Ring Magazine, but Taylor is not being written off by any means at 11/8. The 28-year-old Scot booked his place in the final by besting fourth-ranked Baranchyk earlier this year and he also boasts a win over fifth-ranked Viktor Postol in 2018, so this is not a case of a British fighter stepping up a level after years of having ‘easy’ fights. Out of the two men, he has probably had the tougher road so far in his career.

This promises to be a cracking contest between two very talented fighters who both boast knockout percentages in the 80s, and it really is a contest that could go either way. I have to pick a winner though, and I do like the chances of Taylor springing an ‘upset’ as far as the odds are concerned. While the ‘Tartan Tornado’ has not had as many fights as his opponents, it could certainly be argued that he has more experience when it comes to fighting in front of big crowds with lofty expectations. He has proved that he can handle this sort of occasion and that is huge here – in combat sports we all know that it takes more than physical prowess to get the job done.

Physical prowess matters of course, and Prograis is the heavier hitter out of the two men, but Taylor does have a noticeable edge in both height and reach that should present him with an opportunity to pick his shots and fight at range, limiting the opportunities that the American will have to detonate a big shot on his chin. If he does that then Taylor can take Prograis the distance in London, and if the bout is as close as I expect it to be, then I suspect ‘home advantage’ could come into play as the judges award the contest, the belts and the Ali Trophy to the British fighter.

Ricky Burns v Lee Selby (October 26)

This is a fight between two men who could be staring retirement in the face with a defeat here. Ricky Burns has rebounded well from his back-to-back decision defeats in 2017 by stopping Ivan Njegac and Scott Cardle in his last two fights, and that has been the story of his career over the past six years. The 36-year-old Scot has shown his fighting spirit to bounce back from several losses to become a three-weight world champion, but you have to wonder just how much gas is left in the tank after a 51-fight professional career that has seen him go through some wars and suffer a horrendous jaw injury. Selby is the slightly fresher of the two men and he does have just one defeat on his record – a split decision loss to Josh Warrington last year – so while he too appears to be on the downward curve of his career, I share the bookies’ belief that he is the fighter with some more mileage left in him. Therefore I am backing the Welshman to come out on top here.

Dereck Chisora v David Price (October 26)

Dereck Chisora had been set to take on former world champion Joseph Parker on this night, but the New Zealander was forced to pull out of the contest with only a few weeks’ notice and stepping in to fill the void is David Price. Riding a three-fight win streak, Price is currently enjoying his best run of form since he reeled off four consecutive victories between early 2014 and early 2015, but it is fair to say that the calibre of opposition he has been facing has been poor and he still boasts that ‘glass jaw’ that destroyed the hype surrounding him in his early days. Chisora is hardly at the peak of his career and is not exactly a leading heavyweight these days, but ‘Del Boy’ is still a major step up from the likes of Tom Little, Kash Ali and David Allen. I expect Chisora to constantly pressure Price and negate his height and reach advantage by getting in close. From there he will work over the Merseysider, wear him down and probably stop him in the second half of the bout.

Canelo Alvarez v Sergey Kovalev (November 2)

Canelo Alvarez cemented his status as the number one middleweight fighter on the planet in May when he successfully retained his WBA (Super), WBC and Ring Magazine titles while also adding the IBF belt with a decision win over Daniel Jacobs in Las Vegas. ‘The Miracle Man’ made a fight of it, but the judges ruled it 115-113, 115-113 and 116-112 in favour of Canelo and immediately following the contest there were calls for the Mexican ace to take on WBO title-holder Demetrius Andrade in a bout that would determine the undisputed middleweight champion. Alvarez himself spoke of his ‘motivation’ to become the first Mexican boxer to hold all four major titles in one division, hinting that a bout could happen in the near future, but those hoping to see a Canelo-Andrade showdown saw their hopes dashed when it was announced who  the 29-year-old would take on in his 56th professional bout.

Instead of staying in the middleweight ranks to take on Andrade or long-time rival Gennady Golovkin, Alvarez is stepping up no less than two weight classes to challenge WBO light-heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev. And if he is successful he will become only the fourth man in boxing history to win world titles at 154lbs and 175lbs. So can he topple veteran Kovalev?

The 36-year-old Russian could be forgiven for winding down his career at this stage in his career, but instead he is poised to fight for the third time this year and he has not had a three-fight year since 2016. That year he saw his reign as WBA (Super), IBF and WBO champion come to an end at the hands of Andre Ward via decision, and when he attempted to regain those crowns several months later he was this time stopped by the talented American inside eight rounds. Kovalev rebounded with a couple of TKO successes against Eastern European opponents before losing a world title fight with Eleider Alvarez in August of last year, but he once again resurrected his career in February when he bested Alvarez over 12 rounds to become the WBO champion, and this past summer he fended off the challenge of rising British star Anthony Yarde to retain his belt.

Fighting in his native Russia for the first time in over three years, Kovalev dominated the first several rounds of the contest but appeared to be in serious danger of losing the bout when Yarde rocked him badly in the eighth round. The home favourite was somehow able to survive the scare though and from there he took control of the contest again as the challenger began to fade badly. Yarde needed the bell at the end of the 10th, which rang prematurely, to save him from a stoppage loss, but he had no such fortune in the 11th. Kovalev landed a trademark straight left hand that sent a battered and weary Yarde crashing to the canvas, forcing the referee to wave it off to the delight of the crown in Chelyabinsk.

Despite his advancing years the WBO champion had proven that he is still a force to be reckoned with, but can he now do what only one man has done before and beat the man many consider the pound-for-pound number one fighter on the planet, Canelo Alvarez?

Of course, the big question surrounding this fight is whether or not Alvarez is biting off more than he can chew by stepping up two weight classes. Kovalev was hurt by Yarde back in August and that once rock-solid chin has shown some vulnerability, but will Alvarez have the power to trouble Kovalev and make him think twice about his attacks? We will not find that out until the opening bell, but there is one area where we do know that the challenger should have an edge going into this contest.

Not only has Kovalev been showing signs that his punch resistance is on the wane, his stamina can also be called into question. He may have sparked out Yarde late on and may have gone 12 rounds when beating Eleider Alvarez to regain his title, but at this point in his career it is difficult to see him keeping up with the pace that Canelo will set. That means he almost certainly has to come out all guns blazing here, but if the challenger can weather that early storm, which I think he will, it will go downhill for Kovalev after the first few rounds.

Alvarez is likely to operate with some degree of caution for the first couple of rounds and use his footwork and movement to prevent Kovalev from landing big shots while he is at his sharpest, and as the rounds wear on Alvarez will move through the gears and fire off with body shots that will further empty the champion’s gas tank. I am not convinced that he will have the finishing power required to get the job done inside the distance, but he will pull away on the judges’ scorecards to unanimously get the nod from them after the full 12 rounds.

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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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