Our resident boxing expert Rob Tebbutt provides his thoughts on Josh Kelly's forthcoming fight as well as a huge Stateside weekend of boxing as Alycia Baumgardner, Andy Cruz and Frank Martin all make their much-anticipated in-ring returns.
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In the early hours of this coming Sunday morning we see the Stateside return of the undisputed super-featherweight world champion Alycia Baumgardner () as she looks for revenge against 6/1 underdog Christina Linardatou in a rematch of their 2018 encounter, which was won by Linardatou.
A far cry from the Baumgardner that we know today, who has wrapped up a severely impressive résumé on her way to becoming the undisputed champion at 130lbs.
She is one of the best pound-for-pound fighters within the female code, and I am backing her to right the wrongs of her previous showdown with Linarartou and emerge victorious in front of her home city crowd in Detroit, Michigan.
How does she get the job done though?
Well I am leaning towards her notching up a decision victory here, and I know it is a very short price at 2/7, but Baumgardner, despite being one of the biggest punchers in world boxing, has gone the full distance in all three of her most recent fights.
Linardatou is also a very experienced campaigner, she has that win over Baumgardner too and has mixed it with some of the biggest names in the fighting game, including Katie Taylor.
She hasn't been the most active in recent years, so whilst I am backing the decision victory for Baumgardner, I'm not entirely ruling out a stoppage, which is priced up at a very appealing 9/2.
I just feel that Linardatou is resilient and experienced enough to hear the final bell, although I expect it to be a resounding win on the cards for the defending world champion at.
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On the same card in Detroit we also see the hugely-anticipated professional debut of Cuban amateur star Andy Cruz, as he goes deep in his first bout against the experienced Juan Carlos Burgos in a ten-rounder.
Burgos is very well known to boxing fans and is a well-seasoned gate-keeper around those levels and has never been stopped, not even against Cruz's long-term amateur rival Keyshawn Davis.
It's probably fair to say that this one looks likely to go the distance too. Cruz, in a long distance fight against a savvy, battle-hardened fighter veteran like Carlos Burgos; I do think he is taken the distance.
That is priced up at 4/9 for Cruz to win on points, but I do understand that there will be a lot of interest in the Cuban getting the stoppage too, which is available at 7/4.
Cruz has bags of skills and will want to make a real statement in his professional bow, but it is a different kettle of fish within the paid ranks; lighter gloves, no headguards and Burgos has been there, seen it and done it, so if Cruz can get him out of there before the final bell then it would be some statement indeed.
All of that said, I do think there is some value in Carlos Burgos here, as the underdog.
You can get a massive on a decision victory, and yes it would be a massive shock, but it does remind me of Vasiliy Lomachenko in his bout with Orlando Salido all those years ago, where we saw a highly-seasoned amateur come straight in at the deep end against a veteran fighter.
We've also seen Robeisy Ramirez, the two-time Olympic gold medallist, lose his professional debut, so it doesn't always translate straight into the professional ranks.
Last but not least, we see the return of lightweight contender Frank Martin, 'The Ghost', as he faces Olympic bronze medallist Artem Hartyunyan in Las Vegas.
Frank Martin has quietly been going about his business in the 135lbs division and had a great breakout victory last year over Michel Rivera, which was followed by a couple of other really big wins for him.
He is out of the esteemed Derrick James gym of course, which is headed by Errol Spence, but also includes Jermell Charlo, Ryan Garcia and, of course, Anthony Joshua.
They say that iron sharpens iron, and I expect another win, and another impressive performance from Frank Martin in the early hours of Sunday morning.
I do however expect Artem Hartyunyan, a 7/1 outsider, to really make him work for it. Let's not forget he is an Olympian who picked up a bronze medal, and they don't just give them away!
Frank Martin will have to be patient but I ultimately feel that he will work his opponent out late in the second half of the fight, and will be looking at that enticing price of on offer for a victory between Rounds 9 - 12.
Finally, this weekend we see the return of 154lbs contender Josh Kelly as he returns to Newcastle to take on Gabriel Corso of Argentina.
I like Josh Kelly in this fight and I am backing him to win in good fashion!
Corzo, for me, is perfectly made for him - he likes to come forward, he is slow, doesn't move his feet and doesn't move his head and I expect Kelly to be super smart early on.
I am actually predicting an early stoppage here, and feel there is plenty of value to be found in the first six rounds in particular, with a stoppage between Rounds 1 - 6 available at 4/1.
You may even want to look at the massive on offer for an even earlier stoppage between Rounds 1 - 4.
I just feel that Josh Kelly is now really starting to settle into this weight division on the back of his career-best win over Troy Williamson last time out.
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