IT’S another huge fight for boxing fans to enjoy tonight as IBF and WBA champion Anthony Joshua attempts to add Joseph Parker’s WBO crown to his collection, in what is the first heavyweight unification fight between two undefeated boxers since Iron Mike Tyson defeated Tony Tucker by unanimous decision 31 years ago in Las Vegas.
Cardiff is tonight’s venue and with both fighters coming in lighter than they have been in several years, this one is sure to entertain, with neither fighter wanting to lose their titles and unbeaten record. A future bout with WBC champion Deontay Wilder and the chance to be the first undisputed heavyweight champion since Lennox Lewis awaits.
This should be a keenly fought contest, with Parker’s movement and combinations having the potential to cause Joshua problems. However, Joshua has shown durability and the ability to knock opponents out late on in his more recent fights. His lighter weight should alleviate concerns about his stamina and I expect this fight to end in a similar vein, as Joshua’s power should wear the durable and competitive Parker down and produce the stoppage in the latter half of the fight.
- Joshua win 2/9 with Ladbrokes
- Joshua to win by KO/TKO/DQ 7/17 with Marathon Bet
Joshua has been down and shaken badly in previous fights, so both fighters to be knocked down may also be worth a look at 9/1 with Betway.
Both fighters to be knocked down and Joshua to win by KO/TKO is 14/1 with William Hill
- Joshua to be knocked down in rounds 1-6 and Joshua to win in round 9 – 125/1 with William Hill (#YourOdds section)
- Both fighters to be knocked down in rounds 1-9 and Joshua to win in round 10 or 11 – 100/1 with Sky Bet (Request a Bet section)
- Both fighters to be knocked down and Joshua to win by KO/TKO in rounds 9-12 40/1 with Sky Bet (Request a Bet section)
- Joshua to be knocked down and win in rounds 7-9 – 28/1 with Bet Victor (#PriceItUp section)
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The undercard has some interesting bouts to whet the appetite. First up Anthony Crolla, on a journey back to world title level and with a great win over Ricky Burns in his last fight, shouldn’t have too many problems in seeing off mid-level fighter Edson Ramirez.
Power has never been Crolla’s greatest attribute and Ramirez hasn’t lost since 2012, although he hasn’t fought anyone of note in that period. Crolla should have enough to secure a comfortable points win and can be backed to do so at 5/6 with William Hill.
Next is exciting prospect Josh Kelly against Carlos Molina for the vacant WBA international welterweight title. Taylor is a much hyped young fighter and is certainly fancied by the bookies at 1/33, which doesn’t appeal for what is essentially a young unproven fighter up against an established and competent operator in Molina. Molina has never been stopped but is an ageing fighter so Taylor in rounds 6-10 at 2/1 with Ladbrokes appeals in this one.
Northern Irishman Ryan Burnett defends his world WBA (Super) Bantamweight title against mandatory challenger Yonfrez Parejo. Like Crolla, Burnett is looking to bigger fights in the future but will need to ensure he gets past Parejo tonight.
Burnett should have too much class for the Venezuelan who has not shown anything to date to suggest he is more than a decent fighter. Burnett’s last 7 fights have ended in decision victories and expect more of the same tonight. Burnett on points is 20/21 with bet365.
Finally on the undercard it is the accomplished and dangerous Alexander Povetkin against David Price. Once vaunted as one of the biggest prospects in heavyweight boxing, Price’s career has been in freefall since 2013 and it is surely win or bust for the 34 year old tonight.
Povetkin meanwhile has headier aspirations and may find himself in against the winner of Joshua v Parker fighting for a world title should be see off Price as expected. Price’s stamina is in question having ran out of steam badly a year ago in a 7th round TKO defeat to Christian Hammer, who Povetkin subsequently beat on points in December.
I can’t see Price having too much success against someone is a class above in Povetkin. Povetkin’s last two wins have been decision victories and at 38, his power may be on the wane. The bookies expect an early Povetkin knock out but I think there is value in Price having the heart to take this one to the middle or even later rounds. Povetkin in rounds 4-6 is 13/5 with Marathon Bet. Povetkin in rounds 5-8 is 3/1 with Paddy Power
- The Burnett and Crolla picks as a double pays 2.66/1 with William Hill.
- Add Kelly in rounds 6-10 for a treble that pays 8.91/1 with Ladbrokes
- Add Povetkin in rounds 4-6 for the fourfold that is a tasty 27.45/1 with Ladbrokes
Good luck fight fans!