Our resident boxing tipster Rob Tebbutt looks ahead to this weekend’s huge bill of boxing in London and tells us where he feels the betting value can be found.
Saturday evening's main event is guaranteed to deliver fireworks!
Artur Beterbiev (1/7) has knocked out every single one of his 18 opponents, while Anthony Yarde () has 22 knockouts in 23 victories, with his last decision win coming in his second professional fight in 2015.
In short, this one isn’t going the distance!
While Beterbiev knocked Joe Smith Jr. out in two rounds last time out, his previous three fights were all stopped after the half-way point and I expect Yarde to be defensively cute enough to make it beyond round six.
The big Russian is a pressure fighter, but one that doesn’t rush his work, gradually increasing his work-rate as the fight unfolds. I like the look of Beterbiev between rounds 7-12 at 7/4 as I feel Yarde is clever and tough enough not to be blown away.
You can get 8/11 on Beterbiev to win by Technical Knockout, which gives Beterbiev by stoppage backers a bit more value than 2/7 offered to include a Knockout. I could see a scenario where the referee stops the fight with Yarde too tough and proud for his own good.
However, we have seen Beterbiev on the canvas early in fights against Jeff Page Jr. and Callum Johnson and Yarde can definitely punch.
In fact, of his 22 knockouts, 20 of them have come before the end of the sixth round - so if you like the look of the Englishman as the underdog you can get on Yarde by KO/TKO in Rounds 1-6, although there is also plenty of value in Yarde by KO/TKO at any time at 6/1.
With two big punchers, there’s always a chance both men could touch the canvas, offered at 31/10 if you’re expecting a back-and-forth slugfest.
Dalakian has held the WBA title since February 2018 but has never really faced any notable opposition. He’s also been inactive since a stoppage win over veteran Luis Concepcion in November 2011.
Meanwhile, the challenger Jimenez came out of nowhere to outpoint highly-touted, top contender Ricard Sandoval in July 2022 and comes into the bout as the more active fighter having fought three times since Dalakian’s last outing.
I think there is a good chance of an upset in this bout, with Jimenez outright at Even-Money worth a look and also by stoppage in Rounds 7-12 at .
Heavyweight debutant Moses Itauma (1/100) has the whole boxing industry talking.
Just 18-years-old, Itauma has proclaimed he wants to beat the great Mike Tyson’s record to become the youngest world champion in history and he starts by facing little known Marcel Bode (20/1) in his debut.
Itauma won the European Youth Championships in 2022 by winning every bout via first round stoppage - and I expect him to start his professional career in the same fashion and get the sport talking.
Bode is 2-1 (2 KOs) with both of his wins coming against the same opponent, his one loss coming in two rounds against unknown Austrian heavyweight Habib Vuqiterna in November last year.
I expect Itauma to make quick work of Bode and like the price of 4/5 to get it done in the opening round.
Itauma has looked exciting so far in his young professional career and I expect him to win in good fashion against Maderna, however, I do think it has the potential to go a few rounds.
Although Maderna was stopped in one round by Cuba’s Oslo’s Iglesias in September 2022, the Argentinean has been the distance with some good fighters who can punch, so I expect him to be durable.
Maderna has been the distance with Libyan puncher Malik Zinad, fringe contender Panel Stepien and former world champion Jose Uzcategui. He also went ten rounds with former world champion Fedor Chudinov before being stopped.
Itauma isn’t one to rush his work and is still in the development stage. It took Itauma eight rounds to stop Vladimir Belujsky on the Fury-Chisora 3 undercard and I expect this fight to go a few rounds too.
There’s currently no option for Itauma by KO/TKO in Rounds 6-10, but I also think that’s a worthwhile play to look at.
I've picked out three shouts to form a tasty looking treble, which is currently priced at just over 7/2...
Here are my selections:
Artur Beterbiev by KO / TKO
David Jimenez to Win Outright
Karol Itauma v Esequiel Maderna - Over 4.5 Rounds
Treble @ 3.71/1
All odds displayed within this article were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or change at any time.