Glasgow hosts the last two World Boxing Super Series quarter-finals this Saturday.
WBA Super World Bantamweight champion Ryan Burnett takes on former four-weight world Champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire. Josh Taylor and Ryan Martin’s undefeated records will both be on the line when they face each other.
It’s shaping up to be a great night of boxing. And we had a chat with our boxing trader Tommy Young to get his thoughts ahead of the action.
Ladbrokes News: Hey Tommy, how is Ryan Burnett shaping up ahead of this one?
Tommy Young: Burnett has gone from strength to strength since dominating Lee Haskins in 2017 to earn the IBF title.
After earning one world title, in his next fight he impressed against Zhanat Zhakiyanov to add the WBA strap.
Last seen making a comfortable defense against Yonfrez Parejo, this tournament is a perfect chance to make Burnett a huge name for himself in boxing.
LN: What about Donaire? How big a challenge will he pose?
TY: Donaire is a well known name and when he was in his prime he was around the top of most people’s pound-for-pound lists.
He came to Belfast to face Carl Frampton for his last fight and performed well in defeat. Still, it’s clear his best days are behind him.
What’s even more worrying for Donaire is that this fight is at bantamweight. The last time Donaire made the 118lb bantamweight limit was in 2011 and his last two fights have been at featherweight (126lb). To go back down two weight classes at this late stage in your career never normally ends well. It is very likely he will struggle to make the weight and if he does he is likely to be drained.
LN: What market do you like the look of for Burnett v Donaire?
TY: I’ll go with Burnett to win by KO, TKO or DQ at 7/4.
LN: How about Taylor v Martin, what form are they in heading into their bout?
TY: Super Lightweight star Josh Taylor is facing the relatively unknown American Ryan Martin. Martin has a record of 22-0 but the only recognisable name on his CV is Breidis Prescott who famously KO’d Amir Khan in 1 round.
Taylor on the other hand has built up an impressive CV since beating Ohara Davies in his first big pro fight. He’s beaten former world champs Miguel Vasquez and most recently Viktor Postol.
LN: How are you expecting this one to go?
TY: Everything points to Taylor being a class above Ryan Martin. Taylor was a decorated amatuer, while Martin had an average amatuer career. Taylor’s professional record is far superior to Martin’s too. Just from watching the two fight, Martin looks perfectly competent but Josh Taylor has genuine star quality.
LN: What are you tipping in Taylor v Martin?
TY: My tip for this fight is Taylor will dominate the early rounds then break his opponent down in the 2nd half of the fight.
Josh Taylor to win in Rounds 7-12 is 8/5.
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