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Fight night tips: The best bets for Joshua, Whyte and Taylor’s bouts in Manchester

09 Dec | BY Betway | MIN READ TIME |
Fight night tips: The best bets for Joshua, Whyte and Taylor’s bouts in Manchester

The IBF heavyweight world champion might be the headliner, but on a huge card he is not the main event...

Anthony Joshua vs Eric Molina

Anthony Joshua has walked through the vast majority of his opponents in his career, with 15 of his 17 fights ending inside three rounds.

Another knockout victory looks almost certain on Saturday night,and the price of {ODDS:117597711:1/16} reflects that.

The IBF world champion did, however, take a while to dispatch two of his three most recent opponents.

Dillian Whyte and Dominic Breazeale both held him off until the seventh round, and Eric Molina is no walkover.

The American has won six of his last seven fights, and his only defeat in that period – against WBC champion Deontay Wilder – lasted nine rounds.

Joshua is a class above him, though, and should come through this test comfortably having had a gap of almost six months since his last fight.

A stoppage win between rounds four and six is {ODDS:117597719:9/4}.

Dillian Whyte vs Dereck Chisora

The main event is not, in fact, the most anticipated fight of the night.

Dillion Whyte’s British heavyweight title defence against Dereck Chisora is.

After several incidents in the build-up – including a brawl in a Television studio and a thrown table in a press conference – it is obvious that these two don’t like each other.

It is easy, then, to assume that they will go toe-to-toe and swing for a knockout in the ring.

This one should, however, go the distance.

Chisora is a durable, experienced fighter with a good chin, and only David Haye and Tyson Fury have stopped the 32-year-old in 32 fights.

And while Whyte has an excellent record of 15 knockouts in 19 wins, he has been less explosive since his comeback from a shoulder injury earlier this year.

His last appearance in the ring against ended in the 10th when Ian Lewison was retired by his corner, and Whyte cruised to a unanimous decision over David Allen in the fight before that.

Whyte should be able to out-box Chisora over 12 rounds on Saturday night. Back him at {ODDS:119062979:7/4} to win on points.

Scott Quigg vs Jose Cayetano

Scott Quigg hasn’t fought since his super-bantamweight unification fight against Carl Frampton in February, which he lost by a split decision.

He will likely bounce back by beating Jose Cayetano – who has four defeats in his 24-fight career and three in his last eight – and is {ODDS:123413726:} to do so.

This should be an easy night for Quigg against a frankly overmatched opponent.

Having not fought in almost 10 months, though, it would be no surprise if the Mancunian is carrying some ring rust.

Tougher opponents will come for Quigg, and he would be wise to see this fight as an opportunity to re-polish his skills.

The former WBA champion is {ODDS:123413842:8/11} to win by decision on home turf.

Katie Taylor vs Viviane Obenauf

Katie Taylor is fighting for the second time in a fortnight, having made her professional debut against Karina Kopinska.

The former Olympic champion handed the Pole her 14th defeat with a dominant performance, and is {ODDS:125197386:11/2} to finish her second fight with another third-round knockout.

Viviane Obenauf is a more accomplished opponent, having only been beaten once in her 10-fight professional career.

She beat Kopinska by unanimous decision in October, and her only defeat to date was on points.

But she has little more than a puncher’s chance against Taylor – arguably the most accomplished female boxer ever.

The Irish 30-year-old is {ODDS:125197411:4/11} to win by knockout, and can be backed at {ODDS:125197384:8/1} to finish the fight in the first.