Friday night is usually about celebrating the end of the working week. But this Friday boxing returns to East London’s famous York Hall and, whether you are planing on catching the action or not, we have the tips that will replenish your beer tokens. The end of the week just got even better.
Walsh v Traynor – BET NOW
They may not be household names yet but Ryan Walsh and Darren Traynor are headlining the York Hall fight-card hoping to take home the British featherweight title and move up a level in their careers. Walsh (19-1-1, 8 KOs) is the incumbent champion and a big betting favourite but Traynor (11-0, 5 KOs) has the skills to make this a better brawl than any other you’ll see this Friday night.
Traynor was an amateur prodigy, winning the highly regarded Golden Gloves competition in America at the age of 21, but a subsequent jail sentence delayed his progress. It seems the Scot has got his house in order now and, age 29, he has won all of his first 11 bouts in the paid ranks.
Same age but with a less exciting back-story, the champion from Norfolk won the British belt last year against the awkward Samir Mouneimne. Walsh’s one professional defeat came back in 2013 via a decision against the slick Lee Selby, now a current world champion.
The bookies favourite only has a KO ratio of 38%, which probably fairly represents his power, but he doesn’t need a sledge hammer to knock over Traynor. The Scot has been down in two of his previous fights and if he gets knocked down again he will have a mountain to climb to win the fight.
The unbeaten challenger is light on his feet and quick with his hands, but he has never been 12 rounds and he only had four weeks to prepare for this fight. Walsh, twin brother of another British champ, is always well prepared and the odds of for him to win on points are too good to ignore.
Patterson v Aston – BET NOW
Bolstering the bill is the highly rated Ahmet Patterson (16-0, 6 KOs) and his solid opponent Ryan Aston (18-2-2, 8 KOs). Paddy makes Patterson a fairly strong favourite but Aston is a class above previous opponents. To add a little extra glamour to the contest an ‘international’ belt is on line – which is definitely not a world title but means the holder is a bit closer to challenging for one.
Fighting out of the renowned Peacocks Gym in the London, Patterson is unbeaten and has picked up the Southern Area and English titles since making his debut in 2010. In fact, the Londoner has barely lost a round in 16 fights and since moving up to super welterweight in 2015 he has scored two KO wins.
Counting against both men is their non-existent experience of fighting for 12 rounds. Patterson has been in three fights that have gone 10 rounds however, winning all three on the scorecards. Dudley’s Aston has a record of one defeat from one fight in 10 rounders.
The aliases tell you what you need to know: ‘Punch Picker’ Patterson is sharp in attack and savvy in defence, while ‘Tank’ is stock and powerful, even though he probably lacks the artillery to hurt Patterson. Back the favourite to win on the scorecards at .
Pettitt v Rogowski – BET NOW
When you lose a step-up fight you have to start again, and that’s the position Lewis Pettitt finds himself in. The Commonwealth super bantamweight title was on the line for the Londoner in September last year but, despite appearing to be comfortably winning the fight, Pettitt got stopped in the penultimate 11th round.
The pocket-sized Pettitt’s (17-2, 7 KOs) classy combinations earned him the European title and a lofty world ranking in early 2015, but he has always been open to counters. The defeat last year was his second by knockout and there are concerns over the prospect’s fitness in the longer bouts.
This Friday’s opponent, Rogowski (10-15, 5 KOs), is better than your typical journeyman but of the 13 fights the Pole has had away from home he has only won once. However, he won that contest by knockout against unbeaten Brit in the UK, and Rogowski will be happy to exchange with Pettitt.
The scheduled eight rounds suits Pettitt and the away fighter has never been that distance. I don’t really expect Rogowski to go eight rounds this time but for Pettitt to win by KO doesn’t seem much for a potential Acca buster. My suggestion is to take the chunky for Rogowski to win by KO.