Fight night tips: Undercard picks for Mayweather v McGregor
With two world titles at stake in Las Vegas, back these best bets to make profit while you wait for the main event.
Badou Jack v Nathan Cleverly
Much has been made of the fact that this is Jack’s first fight at light heavyweight.
But, after struggling to make weight for his last few super-middleweight bouts, in truth he ought be more comfortable at this level.
The Swede – who vacated his WBC 160lb title to move up in weight – was undefeated in 24 fights in that division barring a 61-second TKO loss to Derek Edwards that was voted the 2014 Upset of the Year.
He’s a classy boxer and his power is obvious – just look at the damage he did to James DeGale’s teeth in their draw in January – so he should be tough enough to beat Cleverly.
Despite being a two-time world champion at this weight, the Welshman has never quite been an elite fighter and has lost three of his last seven fights.
Don’t expect Cleverly to be beaten easily, though.
The 30-year-old is a fierce competitor, and only Sergey Kovalev – probably the second-best light-heavyweight of the past decade – has managed to blast him out inside the distance.
Gervonta Davis v Francisco Fonseca
Saturday night is a fantastic opportunity for Mayweather to showcase the finest fighter on his books: 22-year-old super-featherweight champion Davis.
The American has the potential to be one of the biggest stars in the sport, and has looked unstoppable throughout his 18-0 career.
He beat the then-unbeaten IBF champion Jose Pedraza inside seven rounds with a fantastic performance in January to take the belt, and then smoked Liam Walsh in three to retain it in May.
Fonseca is also undefeated, with 19 wins and a draw in his career to date.
But the 23-year-old is not of the same calibre as Davis, having never fought for a world title and never boxed outside of Central America.
It’s hard to see any way that he can trouble the champion, and Davis’ price of reflects that.