It’s another massive night for British boxing on Saturday, with no fewer than three world titles set to be fought over, plus the latest step in the career of heavyweight Anthony Joshua.
Motormouth American Kevin ‘Kingpin’ Johnson promises to be Joshua’s toughest opponent so far, as the 35-year-old took Vitali Klitschko all the way six years ago, but he has lost four of his last five fights, including against Brits Tyson Fury and Dereck Chisora.
The fact that Johnson has never been knocked may dissuade backers from lumping on Joshua by KO at 1/6, but as the Watford bruiser has said, previous opponent Raphael Zumbano Love was supposed to last a little while too, but none of his 12 fights have managed to get past the third round.
Best to stick with him.
Sheffield’s Kell Brook is fancied to overcome former amateur world champion Frankie Gavin in the main event, but it’s not likely to be a comfortable evening against the Brummie southpaw.
Gavin has just one professional loss on his record over a 23-fight career, and the 29-year-old will play it very cagey against his powerful opponent. Brook to knock him out between the 7-9 rounds looks about right at 4/1.
Kevin Mitchell’s clash with WBC Lightweight champion Jorge Linares is much tougher to call, as the ‘Dagenham Destroyer’ has been brilliant over his last six fights, including last time out against Mexican Daniel Estrada, but hasn’t turned it on in two title bouts in the past.
Those were Mitchell’s only two losses though, and it’s fair to assume that he is the genuine Lightweight in this boxing match, with Linares’ best career form coming at Super Featherweight and below. The Londoner on points gets the vote at 3/1.
Lee Selby’s IBF Featherweight title fight with Evgeny Gradovich looks somewhat easier to read, as three of the classy Welshman’s past five fights have gone the distance, with the other two lasting six and nine rounds.
His Russian opponent is probably a class below, but is still unbeaten, so another points win for ‘the Barry Boy’ looks safe at 10/11.
Bundle them all together in an acca that could pay out at more than 43/1.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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