Lee Selby and Josh Warrington clash for the IBF featherweight title in Leeds on Saturday night with the winner expected to go on to face Carl Frampton at Windsor Park on August 18.
Welshman Selby (26-1) is elusive and hard to hit, while Warrington (26-0) is more aggressive and will have a hostile home crowd behind him.
Our Grosvenorsport.com boxing expert gives his thoughts ahead of the highly-anticipated fight.
Both fighters to be knocked down
Neither fighter should be considered as knockout artists as both rely on sharp and fluid movement for scoring points and wearing down their opponents.
With that being said, the momentum behind home fighter Warrington may be enough to spur him on for a good a chance as any to put Selby on the canvas.
With the Elland Road crowd behind him it might just happen. It wouldn’t surprise us if both fighters took a knock at some stage during the fight but lasted to hear the final bell.
I’ll be backing both fighters to be knocked down at 20/1.
No value with Warrington
As a tipster, I can’t believe the value surrounding a Warrington win but, although I wouldn’t put anyone off an interest play, Selby has always been a bit special, and is seen as one of the most naturally gifted fighters on the circuit.
This is a step up in grade for both men, but Selby’s class will shine through and he’s picked to succeed. Reading the form tells us this one goes the distance, making a Selby points win the smart pick.
Although at a short price, Selby on points is my pick at 8/13.
Selby’s experience to tell
Selby, known as a stylish technician with bags of experience fighting on an elite platform should have enough nerve and composure to steal this one on points.
In doing so, he sets himself up with Frampton, another fighter from the Frank Warren camp, who is equally as eager to reinstate himself as the best featherweight in Britain.
Frampton has a date booked in Windsor Park for August and we’re backing Selby to be the man he squares up against that evening at 1/5.
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