The king is back! No, not Elvis- and not Tyson Fury either.
The other one, ‘King’ Khan, is returning to the ring and facing ‘The Italian Sensation’ Phil Lo Greco. If the names alone aren’t enough to get you excited then the mega tips we’ve got for you certainly will. Oh, and the fight shouldn’t be bad either.
The stacked undercard in Liverpool includes the Commonwealth title contest between local livewire Sean Dodd and all-or-nothing fighter Tommy Coyle. In America Adrien Broner aims for a win to get back in championship contention and Floyd Mayweather protégé Gervonta Davis is in action.
After getting ironed out by Canelo Alvarez two years ago Khan swapped sparring rounds for Bushtucker Trials, and having survived that he’s ready to make his boxing comeback. Lo Greco is no gimme but if Khan is fit he should have way too much for the Canadian.
That doesn’t mean the Brit will be able to nail the visitor to the canvas.
Khan has never won inside the distance as a welterweight and he hasn’t scored a KO win since 2012.
Lo Greco has lost by stoppage once before, but for that bout, against welterweight supremo Errol Spence, the Toronto man came in at one week’s notice. This time Lo Greco had a full 11-week camp and he’s shed the timber he was carrying at the initial press conference.
Canadian Phil is a big, strong 147-pounder and his experience extends back to a solid international amateur pedigree. If Khan is off his game Lo Greco could make things uncomfortable and at 14/1 I will be having a side bet on the underdog to win by KO.
Khan has a new coach and he’s in front of his home fans for the first time in five years but I don’t see either of those things having an affect on the outcome. The ‘I’m A Celebrity’ favourite will be dominant on the outside and his feet will too fast to get caught on the inside.
Bet of the bout: Khan to win on points at 11/4
You might think that two guys with a combined record of 14 KOs in 45 contests would be better at having a pillow-fight than a war but I reckon Dodd versus Coyle will blow that theory to bits. Commonwealth lightweight champ Dodd is at his home arena and he’s 4/6 to get the win.
The Scouser is a late starter in the boxing game and at 33 he’s fitter than ever and still improving. For a 28-year-old Coyle has done a lot of hard miles and coming back down to 135 pounds after two and a half years as a super lightweight could be a big ask.
There is an admirable amount of respect between the British rivals but once that bell goes expect ‘Boom Boom’ Coyle to look to duke it out and ‘Masher’ Dodd to produce a huge volume of punches.
Both men have been stopped twice before and this fight is a generous 13/8 not to go the distance. I fancy Dodd’s hunger and freshness will lead to victory.
Bet of the bout: Dodd by KO at 7/1.
At 26 he was a four weight world champion but fast forward two years and Broner has three defeats and no titles. ‘The Problem’ has managed to make himself look over-hyped and ready for the scrap heap before he’s turned 29.
This fight isn’t just a route back to glory for Broner, his opponent is former two weight world champion Jessie Vargas. Both boxers have only lost to elite fighters and both need to win to get a seat back at the top table.
AB is finally acting like he’s an adult and securing this fight at a catchweight definitely works in his favour.
Back Broner to win on points at 5/2.
Davis is everything Broner was five years ago and he’ll want to avoid the road the elder man has trodden. So becoming training partners and bezzies with ‘The Problem’ may or may not be a good idea.
The talent of Davis is undeniable and even an experienced former champion like Jesus Marcelo Andres Cuellar shouldn’t prove much of a challenge. Davis by KO in rounds 5-8 at 23/10 is the bet in this one.