05 Oct Massive Night of Boxing for British Hopefuls
Boxing fans are in for a treat this weekend as both sides of the Atlantic are providing quality action. First up in Leicester, BT Sport will screen the domestic grudge match between Jack Catterall and O’Hara Davies before Sky Sports go live in Chicago as The Windy City hosts a number of intriguing matches that sees Callum Johnson look to upset the odds against Russian monster, Artur Beterbiev. SportPesa has something for everyone on what should be an action-packed night.
O’Hara Davies is not to everyone’s liking. Brash, confident, somewhat misunderstood, the London super-lightweight has talent in abundance despite his sometimes annoying manner. His social media spats with several boxers have overstepped the mark on occasion, incidents that Davies has later apologised for, but beneath the character is a young man who certainly knows how to fight. In 19 fights, Davies has only experienced defeat once, and that was at the hands of Scotland’s quality operator Josh Taylor in July last year.
Since that emphatic loss, Davies has rebuilt slowly with wins over the likes of Tom Farrell and Paul Kamanga, but against Catterall he finds himself moving up a level from what he’s been accustomed to in the last 15 months. The Chorley man is a diligent professional who has not been found wanting in 22 fights. Stoppage wins over Nathan Brough, and Thomas Stalker at the start of his career placed Catterall on everybody’s radar and although his momentum is not moving at the pace it once was, a quality performance against Davies should help his profile in a big way.
Industry experts are split on the outcome of this intriguing battle, but no doubt possesses the better wins. Catterall has a habit of always doing enough when it matters and with his current SportPesa price standing at 20/23, which has to be the selection for what promises to be a fascinating showdown.
Over in America in the U.K.’s early hours, Lincolnshire light-heavyweight has the chance to cause a monumental upset by dethroning IBF world champion, Artur Beterbiev. The Russian monster has 12 knockouts from as many fights and begins this bout a whopping 2/35 favourite with SportPesa. Supporters of Johnson can back their man at 13/2 as it currently stands.
In that show’s main event, Jessie Vargas, one of Matchroom USA’s maiden signings, is 4/13 favourite to impress his new paymasters against Thomas Dulorme. Only the very best beat Vargas with his two losses coming against Manny Pacquiao and Tim Bradley, and he was unfortunate to only collect a draw against Adrien Broner back in April. Dulorme is nowhere the quality of Vargas’ aforementioned foes, so it seems extremely likely that the Las Vegas man will collect the win.