Rachel Ball vs Shannon Courtenay (Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing)
Eddie Hearn and Matchroom’s early 2021 line-up was introduced en masse and consists of 5 reveals, with fights starting from the apparently predictable to the far tougher to name. When high quality matchmaking is allied to a lack of awareness from bookmakers on boxing in comparison with different, extra mainstream sports activities, there may be normally worth to be discovered. With that in thoughts, I’ve picked out the highest 5 most probably ‘upsets’ (from a bookies’ odds perspective) out of those payments. Keep in mind, these usually are not predictions, merely the place you might be able to extract some worth (get tips about the right way to choose a bookmaker by way of our associates at askbettors.com/bookmakers). Odds introduced are the very best accessible at time of writing. Disclaimer duly supplied, right here we go:
5. Reece Mould (7/4) to defeat Leigh Wooden
This in an intriguing battle for the vacant British featherweight title between a person in Leigh Wooden who has been round this degree earlier than and a youthful co-challenger in Reece Mould. This may very well be make or break for the gifted 32-year-old favorite, the Commonwealth king who fell to eventual winner Jazza Dickens within the semi-finals of the Golden Contract match. Mould, 26, is the English champ, unbeaten in 13 contests and has been awaiting his shot for a while. The aggressive Mould, if not intimidated by his extra skilled opponent or the event, has a stable probability right here.
4. Ted Cheeseman (11/8) to defeat James Metcalf
I’m truthfully a bit shocked that Cheeseman is the outsider right here. The previous British super-welterweight champion is seeking to regain the vacant Lonsdale Belt right here towards the Commonwealth boss who will get his largest showcase up to now, regardless of being the older man. Each are come-forward operators, with Metcalf’s further freshness offset by the better degree of opposition confronted by Cheeseman. In the event that they go to battle, as appears doubtless, the Londoner has extra skilled of the trenches.
3. Carly Skelly (7/4) to defeat Amy Timlin
It is a rematch from a cracking draw for the vacant Commonwealth super-bantamweight title again in October. The tougher hitting Skelly appeared to start out and end higher however was pegged again within the center rounds by the a lot youthful Timlin, who’s the finer technician. I count on one other thrilling tussle however whereas Skelly is the older, she has much less expertise novice and professional, so in principle may have extra enchancment in her.
2. Rylan Charlton (11/10) to defeat Florian Marku
“Pint Dimension Powerhouse” Rylan Charlton hammered the hyped Joe Legal guidelines in October, getting his huge break after two years of toiling on the small-hall circuit. He was rewarded not solely with a Matchroom contract however a shot at one other extremely touted and unbeaten operator, “Albanian King” Florian Marku, who laboured towards Jamie Stewart in December however nonetheless appeared unfortunate to solely draw. This one just about ensures fireworks, with aggressive Marku, a high quality physique puncher towards the highly effective and correct Charlton.
1. Rachel Ball (5/4) to defeat Shannon Courtenay
Likeable Midlander Ball dropped and narrowly outscored beforehand undefeated Courtenay again in August at Struggle Camp however, for a lot of observers, regarded a bit lucky to get the decision. Ball, nevertheless, has grown with the upset, selecting up the WBC Interim super-bantam strap with an entire efficiency versus Jorgelina Guanini in November. Courtenay has had a facile win since Ball and is out once more in 11 days. The transfer all the way down to bantam for this vacant WBA title combat might swimsuit her extra given she is 4 inches the shorter woman, however Ball appears to be bettering and will likely be fired as much as show her first triumph was no fluke.