Weekend Boxing Preview: Shocks in store?

A plethora of quality and plenty of value to be found in what I’m hoping is going to be weekend of shocks.

Marco Huck v Ola Afolabi (7pm Saturday, Live on BoxNation)

Captain Huck makes a quick return after his unsuccessful crack at the heavyweight title when he faces Ola Afolabi in a rematch to their close fought 2009 encounter.

In the first battle Huck outworked Afolabi to secure the victory but the enigmatic Afolabi appears to be a changed man in recent fights he is going to be baying for blood.

He has won his last five fights by Ko and I believe he now has more belief in himself to Ko Huck this time.

I also don’t like the fact that it’s two months since Huck fought Potevkin, as the record is not great for fighters that step up and fight at heavyweight then immediately drop down in weight.

Therefore I feel there could be a touch of value in backing the classier man to beat the Caveman.

Daily Sport recommended bets:

3pt Afolabi to beat Huck – 2/1 BetVictor
2pt Afolabi to Ko Huck – 9/1 Paddy Power


Kubret Pulev v Alexander Dimitrenko (8pm Saturday, Live on BoxNation)

BoxNation are treating us with a fantastic looking card from Germany and I believe this clash offers possibly the best bet of the weekend as one of the worst undefeated fighters Kubret Pulev faces his toughest assignment to date in the shape of German colossus Alexander Dimitrenko.

Dimitrenko has been plying his trade on the European scene for a couple of years now and has taken some fair scalps in Sosnowski, Krasniqi and Hoffman.

He is a difficult man to fight due to his jab and his 6ft 7 height, and to beat him you need to have speed and good movement .

Pulev doesn’t really  brings those attributes to the table and having been on my “to get” list for the last year this looks like a good time to take him on.

Daily Sport recommended bets:

4pts Dimitrenko to beat Pulev – bet365 3/1
2pts Dimitrenko by Ko – bet 365  8/1


Paul Mccloskey v Demarcus “Chop Chop” Corley (8pm Saturday)

Mccloskey continues his quest to secure a world title fight as he faces off against former world champion “Chop Chop” Corley.

He needs to put in a impressive performance to press his claims and at first glance it seems a routine assignment.

But things sometimes don’t look as simple as they first appear.

Corley is still hungry, as he showed when beating an 18-0 hot prospect in the shape of Gabriel Bracero last time out and being robbed in Russia the time before.

He can certainly punch and one thing McCloskey does particularly badly is hide his chin. He very much reminds me of myself as a kid when I used to do really bad Prince Naseem Hamed impressions before watching him in action and its clear to me where he gets his inspiration from.

I’m not saying this is definitely the time, but I can see a McCloskey disaster night coming up and at the prices i’m prepared to have a small interest on this being it.

Daily Sport recommended bets:

1pt Corley to beat Mccloskey – 13/2 Ladbrokes
1pt Corley to Ko Mccloskey – 12/1 Ladbrokes


Floyd Mayweather v Miguel Cotto (04.00 Sunday)

This is BoxNation’s jewel in the crown as the great Floyd Mayweather faces his toughest test when he steps up in weight, and unlike his great rival has put no weight restrictions on Miguel Cotto for the WBA light middleweight title.

This is the biggest (weight wise) rival the great man has faced and I believe Cotto is a (small) touch of value. If Juan Manuel Marquez and Shane Mosely were half the price of Cotto when they faced Mayweather then I must have a bet on Cotto at his huge looking odds.

Yes, Pretty Boy Floyd is a great and will probably win but taking into account innactivity, recent quality of oppositiong and the great man’s age then Cotto is no forlorn jope at the odds on offer.

Daily Sport recommended bets:

1pt Cotto to beat Mayweather – 6/1 sportingbet
1pt Cotto to win by decison/tech decision – 16/1 generally

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