Fight Night Tips: Best undercard bets for Joshua v Parker
We make our picks for a brilliant batch of supporting fights in Cardiff, headlined by a heavyweight class that's nailed-on for a knockout.
Alexander Povetkin v David Price
Saturday night is probably Price’s last chance to save his career.
Once an elite heavyweight prospect, the 34-year-old has never recovered after suffering back-to-back knockout defeats to Tony Thompson in 2013.
At 6ft 8in, Price has the frame to be a dominant heavyweight and the punching power to match, but his glass chin and non-existent stamina have prevented him from ever fulfilling his potential.
He gassed out in his last defeat against Christian Hammer in February 2017 and was stopped in the seventh round.
A similar result is likely against Povetkin, a former WBA (Regular) world champion who has only lost to Wladimir Klitschko in his 34-fight professional career.
The Russian beat Hammer on points in December, and is the kind of hard-hitting pressure fighter that Price struggles against.
The 38-year-old looks great value to inflict the third second-round knockout defeat of Price’s career.
Ryan Burnett v Yonfrez Parejo
This is a keep-busy fight for WBA (Super) bantamweight champion Burnett against mandatory challenger Parejo.
The Northern Irishman is unbeaten in 18 professional bouts, the last of which was a unanimous decision win over Zhanat Zhakiyanov, who beat Parejo by split decision back in 2015.
Parejo’s a decent fighter who’s never quite reached world level.
The Venezuelan has a record of 21 wins, two defeats and a draw, and he lacks both the skill and the power needed to cause Burnett many problems.
Burnett isn’t exactly a big puncher himself, and a comfortable decision victory for the champion looks the likeliest outcome on Saturday night.
Josh Kelly v Carlos Molina
Kelly – one of Matchroom’s biggest prospects – is taking a step up in class on Saturday night.
Former IBF light middleweight champion Molina is an experienced pro with 28 wins from 37 bouts, but the 34-year-old is a fading force and has lost his last two fights.
Kelly only has five fights on his record but he’s looked impressive in all of them, with the last four all ending inside six rounds.
The Newcastle welterweight has been pencilled in for a homecoming fight in June, and an emphatic win over Molina would set that up nicely.
The Mexican’s never been stopped, so it’s hard to see Kelly beating him with one punch, but the 24-year-old’s speed and fitness means he should be able to overwhelm the older man and get the win inside the distance.
Anthony Crolla v Edson Ramirez
Former WBA lightweight champion Crolla will have much bigger fights than this in the near future, but he needs to stay in the title hunt by seeing off Ramirez in Cardiff.
The Mancunian has only fought once since losing to Jorge Linares for the second time in March 2017, beating Ricky Burns on points in a real war last October.
Crolla’s a better fighter than his 32-6-3 record suggests, and this should be his easiest fight in about three years.
Ramirez is talented, and hasn’t lost since 2012, but the Mexican hasn’t fought anyone close to Crolla’s level.
Expect the Englishman to cruise to a decision victory – the 20th of his career – and that makes for a nice boosted double with Joshua to also win on points in the main event.