Held at London’s ExCeL Arena and screened live on Box Nation from 20:00 on Saturday, 22-0 (16 KO) Tyson Fury faces a man he’s already beaten in 24-4 (13 KO) European champion Dereck Chisora, while Billy Saunders’ eagerly anticipated bout with Chris Eubank jnr plays chief support. With plenty of championship belts on the line, including the vacant British Heavyweight title, it’s sure to be an eventful evening of boxing.
Original Bout Cancelled
Originally scheduled for July 25/26th, the Fury v Chisora rematch was called off after the latter pulled out with a right hand fracture just days before the bout was supposed to go ahead. Interestingly, this marked the third time a boxing match involving Fury had been called off in the space of a year after David Haye twice cancelled fights with the Manchester man.
Fury Compares Himself to Ali, Red Rum and Achilles
Reciting a Mohammed Ali quote about those who don’t take risks accomplish nothing in life, Fury commented on how he’d taken great risks by agreeing to fight David Haye and, later, Derek Chisora, again, in order to eventually secure a world title shot.
The Manchester-born heavyweight was then quoted as saying ‘I’m like Achilles, Hector (of Troy) and Alexander the Great. I’m like Red Rum (champion horse), people like me only come around every 500 years. I’m unbeaten, I’m flying high and will be a world champion very soon.”
Fury v Chisora 2 Betting
In the bout winner market, Fury is the favourite at 2/5 with Bet Victor, while Chisora is rated as a 12/5 shot by William Hill. Both fighters can be backed in the method of victory category, with Bet Victor offering at Fury 11/8 to win by KO/TKO or 9/4 on points. Chisora, meanwhile, is a big 7/1 to win on points with Ladbrokes and 9/2 to win via stoppage with Paddy Power.
In conclusion, after suffering a scare in the second round, Fury recovered to easily beat Chisora on points in their first bout and, although Chisora will be slimmer and more mobile this time, I’m very confident that Fury will win again. However, while such an outcome should be good to put in a multiple, I can’t recommend a single bet at 2/5.
Instead, factoring in that Fury has been relatively inactive bout wise in recent years and could show a little ring rust, while considering that Chisora has only been stopped by David Haye and proved he had a good chin by going 12 rounds with Vitali Klitschko, my guess is that Fury will start slow but eventually win a clear points decision, just like he did in 2011 when he first fought Chisora.
Advised Bet: Fury to win on points at 9/4 with BetVictor
Saunders Can Expose Eubank’s Lack of Experience
25-year-old Billy Jo Saunders had a sparking amateur career, which included competing at the 2008 Olympics, and after making the decision to turn pro in December 2008, signed with promoter Frank Warren, since compiling a professional record of 20-0 with 11 stoppages.
Saunders is the European, British and Commonwealth middleweight champion and has followed the ‘traditional’ route taken by English boxers by winning and defending domestic honours before aiming for a world title shot. Notably, the winner of Saunders v Eubank gets a WBO world title shot.
18-0 (13 KO) Chris Eubank Jnr had short amateur career after moving to the USA, has produced a slow work rate in the pro bouts, looks to land hard single punches and prances around the ring just like his world champion dad did in the 1990’s. From what we’ve seen and been told, he’s a hard-hitter who look set to have a big future in boxing, just like his dad.
The problem is that Eubank jnr hasn’t fought anyone of note yet. Of course, this all changes when he takes a big – perhaps too early – step up in class against Billy Jo Saunders.
Brokered live on the sports radio show Talksport, Saunders was so confident of defeating Eubank Jnr that he offered his opponent a 100k side bet on the bout, which results in the victor donating their wager winnings to charity. With all the confidence of his father, Eubank jnr immediately accepted the bet.
Saunders v Eubank Jnr Betting
Defending champion Saunders opened as the favourite when the bout was announced and has retained that position, but while most bookmakers have cut the Hertfordshire man’s price to 8/11, Bet Victor have stayed at their original 5/6 price. Eubank Jnr, on the other hand, is best priced at 6/5 with Coral, with most other oddsmakers around 11/10.
In terms of method of victory, Saunders is priced at 7/4 to win on points and 9/2 by KO/TKO with Bet Victor, while Eubank Jnr is 4/1 for a scorecard victory with Ladbrokes and 5/2 to emerge victorious by stoppage with Coral.
In conclusion, there are two betting outcomes to consider here. Firstly, Eubank Jnr has a hard punch, but slow work rate and should therefore be outworked by Saunders, so if he is to win then KO/TKO looks like the most likely method of victory.
Secondly, given Eubank jnr’s slow work rate and Saunders more polished, better technical boxing ability – coupled with the argument that Billy Jo isn’t a hard-hitter – if Saunders is to win then it looks nailed-on to be on points.
At 7/4 and 5/2 respectively, you could back both and probably make some profit but, whilst I’m tempted to sit on the fence and can’t give you a clear betting pick, with three titles, a world title shot and his reputation on the line, Saunders has everything to lose in this bout and knows that his best chance of winning is by keeping his distance but staying busy and boxing his way to a points win.
Eubank jnr has jumped the queue in terms of what he’s fighting for this weekend and has nothing to lose bar his unbeaten record, but if he does taste defeat then we can reason that the bout did come to early in his career and he can rebuild and develop into a champion.
Saunders, on the other hand has said he’ll retire if he loses. He must confident and only a fool would make that statement if he wasn’t sure he could back it up. Whatever happens, here at TvBet we can’t wait to watch the fight!
Advised Bet: Saunders to win on points at 7/4 with BetVictor.