This weekend, boxing fans are in for a real treat with Josh Warrington taking on Carl Frampton in Manchester for the IBF featherweight title, while Dillian Whyte and Dereck Chisora lock horns for a second time at London’s O2 Arena.
Our boxing betting expert previews both fights and gives you the best bets to look for.
Chisora v Whyte II
This is a rematch every boxing fan has wanted to see since the bell rung at the end of the 12th round of the first bout. Since then, Whyte has improved immeasurably, defeating Lucas Browne and former WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker. Chisora meanwhile, is coming into this after a career best win against Frenchman Carlos Takam. With the winner eyeing up a shot at Anthony Joshua in April, the stakes for this fight are huge.
Huge fight for Whyte
In his last fight against Parker, Whyte came seconds away from losing having been knocked down in the final round. A loss in that fight, not only would have put him out of world title reckoning, but also would have taken away the opportunity for a career high pay day in a rematch with Anthony Joshua.
Taking that into account, Whyte must be admired for taking the Chisora fight as a loss would offer the same consequence. Despite that, Whyte is a much better fighter now than he was in their first fight and Grosvenorsport.com expect the Body Snatcher to win with odds at 3/10.
Del Boy needs to deliver
Chisora, despite eight losses to his name, continues to entertain and a knockout win against Takam in his last performance catapulted Del Boy right back onto the world scene. Now 34, Chisora is looking for a final push in his career and has hired former foe and heavyweight champion David Haye as his manager. With David guiding him, Chisora looks in the shape of his life and he’ll be looking for his own ‘Hayemaker’ as he goes into this bout as the 9/4 outsider.
Whyte to win, and then take on AJ next
Following their brutal fight in 2016, fans are expecting the same and hope this fight starts in the ‘13th round’. Despite both fighters hitting the canvas in their career before, the two Londoners have also shown they have an incredible chin and I think Whyte outboxes Chisora in a close points decision which can be backed at 5/4. A win here for Whyte would gather a huge amount of interest for a Joshua rematch and if Deontay Wilder doesn’t take the fight, expect the body snatcher to take to the ring at Wembley Stadium on April 13th.
Frampton v Warrington
This domestic clash sees Warrington defend his IBF Featherweight World Title against Frampton at Manchester Arena. Warrington goes into this one having taken the World Title off Welshman Lee Selby in a split decision back in the Spring. His first defence doesn’t come much tougher as he steps in the ring against the former Ring Magazine fighter of the year.
Warrington in the peak of his career
The Leeds-born featherweight upset the odds in his last fight against Lee Selby. Prior to fighting the Welshman, there were question marks over Warrington’s boxing record as his knockout percentage ratio was just 23%. Nowadays, there can be no arguments over his boxing ability after his quality performance earning him the world title. Still unbeaten, the 28-year-old comes in at the absolute peak of his career but on Saturday he faces his toughest test of his career and goes in to this fight slight underdog with Grosvenorsport.com at 7/4.
Carl Frampton will enter the ring in search of his third World Championship this weekend. Since changing trainer to Jamie Moore last September, the Irishman has added three more wins to his record with his last victory coming against Australian Luke Jackson at Windsor Park. Carl is often heard talking about retirement and a final world title win on Saturday may be the perfect ending to an amazing career. Frampton is considered by some as Ireland’s best ever fighter and he goes in favourite at 4/9.
Father Time to get the better of Frampton
After his win against Leo Santa Cruz in 2016, Frampton was touted as a top 10 pound-for-pound fighter. Since then, a defeat to the Mexican in the rematch, plus three slightly laboured victories have casted doubts in people’s minds as to whether Frampton is the same fighter he once was. Carl’s achieved so much in the sport and at 31 years old, I question whether he’ll have the desire to be in a scrap with Warrington. I think we’ll see a shock here and I predict a Warrington points win at 11/4.