This weekend sees two British hopefuls step into the ring but with vastly different career paths ahead of them.
Carl Frampton can move in the upper echelons of the WBC with a win in his title eliminator with the experienced Mexican Hugo Fidel Cazares, but Enzo Maccarinelli is likely to hear increased calls for his retirement as he aims to upset WBA Light Heavyweight champion Juergen Brahmer.
We’re tipping Frampton to stop his man in the later rounds and Maccarinelli to not make past the sixth in a tasty double paying out at odds of over 18/1.
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Undefeated Northern Irishman Frampton (17-0-12KO) is the heavy odds-on favourite to win this eliminator at 1/12.
However, The Jackal’s opponent may be nine years older but the man known as El Increible (37-9-2 25KO) has not been stopped inside 12 rounds since 1999 and is sure to make the 27-year-old work.
The Mexican’s durability will, however, be put under intense scrutiny by the big-punching Frampton who has won all but five of his fights inside the distance.
As such, the 11/2 on Cazares being caught in the later rounds looks the best way to go for this fight.
The fact that Enzo Maccarinelli (38-6-33-KO) is vying for a world title only disguises the Welshman’s downfall since he was embarrassed by David Haye in the defining moment of his career.
Big Mac went into that Cruiserweight unification bout as an unbeaten fighter with a reputation for being a big puncher.
However, he was blasted out of the fight in less than two rounds and the 33-year-old is not expected to fare much better in his bid to land the WBA Light Heavyweight strap this time around – with an underdog billing at 7/2.
Title holder Brahmer (42-2-31KO) is the 1/5 favourite and with 31 of 42 wins coming by way of stoppage it’s hard to envision the Brit making it to the second half of the fight.
Since that fateful loss to the Hayemaker, Maccarinelli has lost another five fights including his debut after stepping down to the lacklustre Light Heavyweight division.
He has won three on the bounce but not against any noteworthy opponents and we’re tipping the champion to make light work of the former WBC Cruiserweight champ insider the first six rounds.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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