There is back to back boxing on Friday and Saturday night so we’ve packed the betting tips tighter than a London tube.
George Groves’s contest with Eduard Gutknecht headlines the first evening of action but the highlight of the weekend is the super fight between two of the pound-for-pound best, Sergey Kovalev and Andre Ward, on Saturday night.
Groves has already plotted the path to his next, and fourth, attempt at a world title and you could accuse him of looking past Gutknecht, but, to be fair, it’s hard not to look past a opponent who’s 10/1 in a two-horse race. The German is actually a decent boxer but he doesn’t possess super ‘St.’ George’s kryptonite, a big right hand.
The British super middleweight is unbackable in the straight market to win but that doesn’t mean he can KO or TKO ‘Energy Eddy’ at 11/10, who is very game and has only been stopped once in his career when the doctor intervened.
Selection: Back Groves to win on points or decision at 5/6 for a solid return on your money.
Friday night undercard
If you haven’t seen Northern Ireland’s Conrad Cummings fight (7pm) then get ready for tempo, aggression and some rough stuff. Ronny Mittag has been around since 2007 and had more than 30 pro bouts but he has lost each time he’s gone above journeyman level. Cummings is 1/9 to win but he won’t break the experienced German’s spirit. Get your stake behind Cummings by points or decision at 5/6.
There will be no more suckers for hot prospect Andrew Selby. The flyweight faces young, tough Filipino Jake Bornea at 8pm and, although you will only get loose change from a big bet on Selby to win, the fight could be quite close.
Selby to be victorious in rounds 7-12 is an interesting bet at 6/4 but the best place for your money is with the Welshman on points at 7/2.
Paddy Power makes the fight between Irishman Paddy Gallagher and Englishman Tamuka Mucha pretty much a 50-50 bout, but I think our bookie is being a bit biased towards his namesake.
Friday night acca:
- Groves to win on points / decision @ 5/6
- Cummings to win on points / decision @ 5/6
- Selby to win on points @ 7/2
- Mucha to win on points / decision @ 6/4