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Viddal Riley v Mikael Lawal: Prediction, Tips & Odds

Our resident boxing expert Rob Tebbutt shares his prediction and tips for Sunday's bet365 Wildcard contest between British cruiserweights Viddal Riley and Mikael Lawal.


Viddal Riley v Mikael Lawal Tips

Viddal Riley - By Decision or Technical Decision @ 6/5

The return of unbeaten cruiserweight prospect Viddal Riley will see the 26-year-old step up for his toughest test to date as a professional against former British champion Mikael Lawal.

Riley has a massive profile and is a big talent as a well-schooled amateur, but this very much does represent his first tough test as a professional fighter.

Lawal did pick up the British title against David Jamieson, but he relinquished it shortly thereafter against Isaac Chamberlain, pretty much losing every round in the process.

It looked as though he really struggled on the big stage with nerves and just didn't let his hands go, allowing Chamberlain to really dominate the fight and Lawal went out with something of a whimper.

I do like the youth, freshness and skillset of Riley over Lawal, but I don't see a stoppage coming in this fight, with my preference for Riley to win this bout by Decision which is priced up at 6/5.

Lawal, of course, does have a puncher's chance and does carry a lot of power, particularly in his right hand, but I just don't see him getting to Riley often enough to do that damage.

So for me, my pick is Riley to win by Decision at 6/5.

All odds and Bet Boosts were correct and available at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal and fluctuation.

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