Frampton, Quigg, Crolla and a couple of Germans are all in world title boxing action this weekend.
Top of the super bantamweight food chain is Northern Ireland’s Carl Frampton (20-0, 14 KOs), and he is long odds-on to make mince-meat of Mexican spring chicken Alejandro Gonzalez Jr (25-1-2, 15 KOs) in the second defence of his world title this Saturday.
Carl Frampton v Alejandro Gonzalez Jr, 11pm
It is an American debut for the 28-year-old Frampton (above) and this fight is made for him to impress a global audience. The unheralded opponent, Gonzalez, 22, has only fought outside of his native land once before but his current record is a solid 25 wins from 28 bouts.
However, only the toughest and most talented will push the Belfast bully all the way. Frampton has stopped five of his last six opponents, with only Kiko Martinez showing a total disregard for his health by pushing himself to the final bell and still giving up his world title to Frampton.
- A meaty option is in the group-round betting where you can get 4/6 for Frampton to do the business in rounds 1-6.
Scott Quigg v Kiko Martinez, 10pm
Quigg’s (30-0-2, 22 KOs) challenge this weekend should be the spiciest of his career so far, as he faces Spain’s Martinez (32-5, 24 KOs), who Frampton beat last year. Quigg will be out to prove he is on a level with his Irish rival.
The Spaniard’s only defeats in the last five years have been at the hands of Frampton; once in 2013 when he was stopped in round nine and the 2014 world title loss. Quigg has age, height and home advantage on his side but this is the first time he has faced a former or current world title holder.
Trainer Joe Gallagher will send the Bury lad in with strict instructions to use his boxing and if Quigg stays disciplined for 12 rounds he will surely take the fight on points, available at 10/11, but if he meets Martinez head-on then I am sure there will be a KO.
The Brit is a wicked body-puncher and great on the front foot but he has been put down on the canvas in two of his previous fights. Martinez is like a bull in the ring and when he has an opponent hurt they very rarely get to the end of the fight.
- A hard fight to call but 9/2 that Martinez wins by a KO/TKO is good value.
Darleys Perez v Anthony Crolla, 9pm
Going the distance
On the Quigg undercard England’s Anthony Crolla (above) (29-4-2, 11 Kos) gets his first taste of a world-title fight when he faces lightweight Colombian champ Darleys Perez (32-1, 20 KOs).
Crolla’s fame, and probably popularity, has soared since getting hit over the head with a concrete slab after trying to apprehend some burglars in December, but it is yet to be seen if the severe head injury he suffered will damage his boxing ability.
Having encountered fewer concrete slabs Perez has be able to put together a recent four-fight winning streak including picking up the interim world title in 2014 and two defending it twice. He has now been promoted to the full champion.
Perez hasn’t shown KO power at the top level with only one stoppage win in his last seven fights but Crolla’s feeble KO ratio is only 31 per cent.
- The odds on the fight going the distance are 4/9 and well worth a bet.
Arthur Abraham v Robert Stieglitz, 10pm
Tough as they come
In Germany super middleweights Arthur Abraham (42-4, 28 KOs) and Robert Stieglitz (47-4, 27 KOs) go at it for a fourth time in four years. The bout could be as stale as endless food puns, but it is still worth a bet.
The record goes: Abraham wrested the world title from Stieglitz by unanimous decision in 2012; Stieglitz got revenge and the title in 2013 through a fourth round TKO; Abraham won back the strap via a split decision a year later.
Both are as tough as they come: Abraham’s only KO defeat was on the advice of a doctor after massive swelling and Stieglitz hasn’t been stopped in more than seven years.
- This one is destined to go the distance, so roll the 4/9 on offer into your accumulator.