Betting preview and best bets, including Katie Taylor and Vasyl Lomachenko


Boxing expert Chris Oliver produced 11/8 and 11/2 winners in his latest preview. Don’t miss her trio of tips, especially for Katie Taylor’s latest outing in London.

Boxing predictions: Saturday October 29

2pts Vasyl Lomachenko by decision 5/4 (bet365)

1pt Katie Taylor rounds 6-10 9/2 (Sky Bet)

1pt Kiko Martinez by stoppage 9/2 (BetVictor)

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Following the huge success of the all-female card in London a fortnight ago, CATIE TAYLOR returns to the ring against Karen Elizabeth Carabajal at Wembley Arena.

This year has been a game-changer for women’s boxing and no one has played a bigger role in it than Taylor, whose epic fight with Amanda Serrano sold out Madison Square Garden in April.

In the first women’s bout at the iconic New York venue, Taylor and Serrano thrilled the raucous crowd of over 18,000 with 10 brilliant rounds of back-and-forth action in a fight of the year. The thrilling and dramatic encounter could have gone either way on the scorecards, but it was Taylor who retained all of his lightweight belts via a split decision and left fans hungry for a rematch.

Sadly, a return with Serrano could not be agreed for this year and instead Taylor faces an Argentine who is pretty much unknown outside his home country. Carabajal has won all of her 19 outings to date, but she has only fought in Argentina so far and the level of her opposition has been well below what she faces now against arguably the most great fighter in the world.

As short as 1/50 and a best price of 1/16, Taylor’s biggest danger to his unbeaten record here is apparently complacency. An Olympic champion who has also won gold at Worlds five times and is a two-weight title holder as a professional, there is very little left for the 36-year-old to achieve and standing up for this mission can -have not been easy after the summits in New York six months ago.

That said, even a below average version of Taylor should have too much for Carabajal, a 16/1 underdog who has never boxed at world level before or in an event as big as this DAZN TV show.

Carabajal is tall and uses her long levers well with a good shot, but Taylor’s much faster hands and feet can negate that disadvantage as she gets close enough to land her fast combinations. This burst of speed should allow the favorite to raid successfully and regularly, especially since Carabajal is starting to tire.

You have to go back nine fights and more than three years since Taylor’s last stoppage win, a ninth-round TKO over Rose Volante, so it’s no surprise to see another breakthrough win for the Irish superstar at 4/11. . That’s the most likely outcome, but there are a few reasons to suggest the champion could be getting closer to stoppage (13/5).

Most obvious is Carabajal’s huge class progression, but she’s also spent most of her career fighting at lower weights and she may not be used to being hit as hard or as often as that’s probably the case against Taylor. Plus, with just two stoppage wins on her resume, the challenger clearly doesn’t have much power and Taylor shouldn’t be afraid of what’s to come.

If Taylor has to stop Carabajal, it will likely come later in the fight and the 9/2 about what happens in the second half of this 10 round could be the value of what should be a one-sided main event. At prices, TAYLOR IN INNINGS 6-10 gets the vote.

Knockout value in London

There may also be some value to be found as Jordan Gill supports KIKO MARTINEZ in what looks to be the most interesting fight of the night in London.

Gill pulled off one of the most unlikely comebacks of recent years when, struggling and with two punctured eardrums, he landed a reaper right-hander to knock out our Karim Guerfi ​​in February. He’s a 4/11 favorite, but Martinez looks like a very lively underdog and his support over the past week means he’s now a 5/2 max price.

Martinez is a 36-year-old with 56 fights under his belt, but he still carries some serious power, as Kid Galahad will testify. The veteran arguably produced the upset of 2021 when he sparked Galahad to win the IBF featherweight title last November, and although he lost his first defense when stopped by Josh Warrington in March, he still had some still enough in the tank to break the jaws of the Leeds fighter. In the process.

A good move with a nice jab, Gill certainly has the skills to frustrate the visitor and work his way to a points win (10/11). It’s a big possibility, but the favorite has struggled before with pressure fighters and supporters of a MARTINEZ STOP at 9/2 could get their money’s worth.

Gill was dropped three times en route to a shock loss to Mario Enrique Tinoco in 2019 and was one punch away from being stopped for the second time in his career against Guerfi ​​earlier in the year. This evidence is enough to tempt me on the big prize of Martinez’s winning power on the day.

Ring rust makes the decision easier

In the early hours of Sunday morning, the Sky Sports screen VASYL LOMASHENKOreturn of against Jamaine Ortiz in New York.

Injuries and the invasion of his home country mean we haven’t seen as much of Lomachenko as we would have liked recently, but the Ukrainian remains one of the most gifted and best fighters on the planet. to monitor.

His points loss to Teofimo Lopez in October 2020 was blamed on a persistent shoulder problem and he’s only boxed twice since then, but he’s dealt easily with Masayoshi Nakatani (TKO 9) and Richard Commey (UD) and he should do the same with Ortiz. .

Although undefeated in 17 (a draw), Ortiz has swum in calmer waters than this and former super featherweight champion Jamel Herring, who he edged in May, is by far the better name. of his track record. It was a good win, and the well-behaved hitter has a lot of potential, but it feels like too much, too soon for the American.

Lomachenko still has a lot to offer and should have little trouble securing his 17th professional career win, but the big question is can he stop Ortiz? He’s tied to do it but, at 34 and after more than 10 months out of the ring, he might need a few rounds to prepare for the task.

With that in mind, I prefer about 5/4 LOMACHENKO WINNER BY DECISION for the second consecutive outing.

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