bet365's resident boxing insider Rob Tebbutt provides an exclusive insight as to where the value may be found on this weekend's fighting action in the United States.
Lightweight star Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis (27-0, 25 KOs) returns to action this weekend as he defends his WBA Regular lightweight title against Hector Luis Garcia (16-0, 10 KOs) in Washington.
Baltimore banger Davis enters the bout as a sizeable favourite (1/16), but will have to be wary of complacency against the capable Garcia (15/2) who returns to action in fine form after something of a breakout year in 2022.
With Davis having agreed terms for a mega-fight with Ryan Garcia in 2023, Saturday night comes as an opportunity to sharpen his tools and add to his extensive highlight reel of brutal knockouts.
The 28-year-old has stopped all but two of his opponents as a professional, and is 1/4 to stage a repeat and win by KO/TKO this weekend.
As well as stepping up in quality of opponent, Hector Garcia is also stepping up in weight, having campaigned at featherweight and super-featherweight thus far in his professional career.
Making his lightweight debut against one of the sport’s premier punchers, the at-times-hittable Garcia will do well to see the final bell.
Having scored 20 of his 25 KOs in six rounds or less, ‘Tank’ isn’t one to play with his food and will once again look to put on an explosive show against the naturally smaller man.
Davis is BOOSTED to 9/4 to win by KO/TKO in rounds 1-6 which I feel is tremendous value.
Garcia showed his quality in wins over Chris Colbert and Roger Gutierrez in 2022, but also showed a leaky defence - which you simply cannot afford against a puncher of Davis’ lethal ability.
Another line worth looking out for, for me, is Davis inside four rounds (KO/TKO 1-4) at a lofty 4/1.
Though he has shown patience in some of his more recent bouts (with three of his last five going past ten) I feel that Saturday will see him return to his brutal best, setting up a tantalising showdown with ‘KingRy’ later in the year.
Elsewhere on the undercard, we see the return of the heir apparent of the welterweight division, the immensely talented Jaron ‘Boots’ Ennis (29-0, 27 KOs).
The unbeaten KO artist has blazed a trail through the 147lbs division, and has his eyes on world title glory in 2023.
Ennis faces unheralded Ukrainian Karen Chukhadzian (21-1, 11 KOs) in a bout that should once again reinforce his freakish talent.
The only play I see here is Ennis by swift stoppage win, and my pick will be for him to get the job done early and in style, with Ennis by KO/TKO 1-3 just over even money at 21/20.
Finally, two-weight world champion Demetrius ‘Boo Boo’ Andrade (31-0, 19 KOs) faces Maryland-native Demond Nicholson (26-4-1, 22 KOs) in a bout that should be something of a showcase for the talented American.
Though Andrade has been inactive since wiping out Irishman Jay Quigley in two rounds in November 2021, he should have far too much for the out-matched Nicholson, and I feel odds of 6/4 for Andrade to win by KO/TKO are very generous in favour of the slick, talented southpaw.
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I've picked out three outcomes from this weekend's action to form my latest 'Tebbutt's Treble'...
Demetrius Andrade - To win by KO/TKO
Jaron Ennis - To win by KO/TKO in Rounds 1-6
Gervonta Davis - To win by KO
Odds - 3/1
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