It’s a massive weekend for boxing in the UK and also in America. After last weekend’s Frank Warren show at the O2 Arena, more British heavyweight hopefuls are in action at the exact same place tonight!
Dillian Whyte and Oscar Rivas will headline the event in a Heavyweight scrap with the WBC interim strap on the line. Also on the card is 35-year old Derrick Chisora will take on Arthur Szpilka.
While David Allen will look to make the step-up against Liverpool’s David Price. The domestic action has some tasty match-ups this weekend, but what can America offer?
Lighting up Vegas this weekend is Manny Pacquiao’s latest match-up when he goes after the WBA Welterweight title holder Kieth Thurman. Can ‘Pacman’ regain his hands on a title? or will ‘One Time’ prove too strong?
Chisora, Allen and Whyte all to win-6/4
With the Heavyweight division wide open, a single win can get you in the conversation for a title shot. Chisora and Szpilka are outside fringe contenders, but a victory could catapult either man back into the mix.
‘Del Boy’ is 35 and Szpilka is only 30, Chisora has never looked more motivated while Szpilka has took a step back since getting destroyed by Deontay Wilder in 2016. I’d take Chisora to win this one by devastating knock-out.
The outcome of Allen versus Price is a hard one to call. The Scouser Price, has rebounded in his past two bouts. At the age of 36 it has been a disappointing career for the former Olympic prospect.
Price has never lost his right hand which is a massive threat to anyone on his day. With Allen he knows Pricey’s chin is well and truly gone, seen in the scary Povetkin knockout in March 2018. Allen will approach the first round with caution, but once he lands I expect him to hunt down an early KO victory.
What a huge main-event we have tonight! Dillian Whyte has beaten one top contender after another and held the top contender position for two years. He faces a Heavyweight killer, who is a real threat outside of the big three in Oscar Rivas.
The Colombian is riding an unbeaten 26-win streak, with an impressive 18 wins via knock-out.
‘The Body Snatcher’ Whyte is on a nine-fight winning streak since he was sparked out by Anthony Joshua in 2015 and an interesting pattern has emerged.
Whyte’s last victory was an 11th round stoppage of Chisora, with Rivas last victory a 12th round stoppage of Bryant Jennings. This one will be dragged into deep waters, can Whyte get over the line to finally fight for a title?
Chisora and Pacquiao to win on points-6/1
As already mentioned Chisora has never looked more motivated while Szpilka has took a step back and not really recovered from his defeat at the hands of Wilder in 2016.
Suffering two in a row losses, then coming home to Poland to work his way back in the win column has his record at 22-3. Chisora bounced backed last time out after suffering a loss at the hands of Whyte, and has never looked better.
The second part of this bets, eyes will be on the action across the water in the hope Manny Pacquiao can complete a snatch and grab mission?
Your money will be made of Pacquiao if he can defeat Thurman for his title. Thurman had almost two years out of the ring with injury before he returned to action in January.
Pacman’s form over the last 24 months has been patchy. He was poor when he lost against Jeff Horn, he beat up Lucas Matthysse, and he was decent when beating Adrien Broner most recently.
With a 10-year gap difference this will be an interesting one. Expect the fight to go all three rounds, with both men a combined two knockouts in the past 10 years.