Trust me on at least this, don’t miss the boxing on Saturday. If you do you’ll be left out when all your mates are talking about it and the tidy profit they (probably) made from the tips in this here column.
The fight between Haye and Bellew in London is set to be nuclear and over before you’ve had time to open the popcorn, the undercard at the O2 Arena is stacked higher than Paddy’s plate at an all-you-can-eat buffet, and New York is serving up a mouth-watering unification clash between unbeaten champions Keith Thurman and Danny Garcia.
The build-up to the Haye-Bellew heavyweight showdown has been littered with comments that would leave Mike Tyson aghast and we should expect the bout to be no less brutal.
The reason this fight will be over quickly is because Bellew doesn’t really lose anything by losing this fight. He’ll make a load of money and keep his cruiserweight world title whatever happens, so when the red mist descends he’ll just go with it and duke it out with Haye.
Hayemaker has 26 KOs in 28 wins and he’s just 3/10 to add another stoppage to his CV. Pay no mind to the injury speculation, if the Londoner was fractionally off his best he would’ve called this fight off.
Bellew packs a punch as well but more pertinent is the number of contests he’s been dropped in. That number is five, and all those opponents we’re much smaller than Haye.
Haye’s been stopped before too, back in 2004, and I wouldn’t argue with a dabble on the 10/1 long shot for Bellew to win in rounds 1-6. Betting on both boxers to be knocked down also appeals at 5/1, however the thick end of your betting wedge should go on Haye in rounds 3-4 at 3/1.
Apologies to all Liverpudlians but I’m tipping another one of your sons to have his lights put out early.
Experienced Derry Mathews will try to drag Ohara Davies into a war but the Londoner is a talent with the sort of power Dirty Derry struggles to handle. The best bet in this one is the 5/1 for Davies to win in rounds 4-6.
For the hat-trick bet on the London fights look no further than the young, savage Sam Eggington versus the old, but still greasy slick, Paulie Malignaggi.
If all you’ve got planned for Sunday morning is a cup of tea and some cookery-chat show then I implore you to push back your bed time and stay up for Thurman-Garcia.
This fight is for the welterweight division’s two finest belts and the inheritance of the crown that Floyd Mayweather wore for so long. Someone’s ‘0’ has to go, or does it?
Thurman is the 4/9 favourite and only 5/4 to win on points but that doesn’t do justice to Garcia. ‘One Time’ Thurman is known for his power but he might try keeping Danny ‘Swift’ on the move in this one.
* All prices correct at time of posting.