Anthony Crolla v Daud Yordan Betting Tips & Predictions
Anthony Crolla v Daud Yordan is a match that can’t be ignored; this head to head is the main support of the Tony Bellew match up. However, firstly, we’ll have a quick look at the main event.
The main event sees Tony Bellew takes on Oleksandr Usyk in one of the biggest fights of the year on Saturday 10th November. This is certainly the toughest test of the Liverpool boxer’s career; it’s a bout that has fans excited. Bomber has been written off by most, including fight fans, bookmakers and even casual followers of the sport.
He goes into the contest at the Manchester Arena a rank outsider. However, boxing is a game with a history littered with upsets and the underdog will know that. He’ll pay no attention to the odds or opinions of sports writers. What he will do is give unbeaten Usyk the respect he deserves but aim to continue performing to the level that has seen him stay unbeaten since 2013.
Tony Bellow v Oleksandr Usyk Odds
Tony Bellew has 30 wins, two defeats and one draw; he can be backed to send shockwaves through the sport with a win at Coral’s 1/6 as there’s not a lot better available.
There’s more value to be had if picking through the specials markets and, in particular, the method of victory. Bookies think Bellew’s best chance is with a knockout. You can back him to stop Usyk inside the distance at 14/1 (Bet365).
If following the odds this will be a case of how Usyk wins, rather than if. He has KO’d 11 of his 15 opponents to date and another inside the distance win is 15/8 (Ladbrokes). You’ll can follow our in-depth preview elsewhere on this site.
Crolla the Chief Support
Let’s move on from the main event. We’re going to be taking a closer look at the chief undercard bout at the Manchester Arena. One of British boxing’s best-loved fighters returns to action. This is a clash that he’ll be hoping will help push him back towards the big time and main event status.
31-year-old Anthony Crolla is a real fans’ favourite in this part of the world; followers of the British boxing scene hold him dear to their heart. The reason for that is he is rarely in a boring fight. We don’t expect that to change when matched with Indonesian Daud Yordan, a man in England eager to make a name for himself.
Million Dollar Crolla has had a rollercoaster career. His record currently stands at 33 wins, six defeats and no less than three draws. The 5ft 8inch orthodox made his debut back in 2006 and has since won a clutch of major titles, even fighting for world honours. His two most recent defeats came against Jorge Linares back-to-back in 2016 and 2017 with WBA and WBC world titles on the line, beaten twice on points. The first bout was close, Linares winning 115-114, 115-113, 117-111 at this venue; that result was enough to force the rematch.
That didn’t go as smoothly for the Englishman. Unfortunately, his opponent shone the brightest on the night to box his way to a convincing 118-109, 118-109, 118-109 victory. Crolla found himself down on the canvas in the seventh round, suffering a nasty cut to his eye in the process.
The Comeback Trail
As he has done many times before in his career, Crolla was forced to dust himself down and get back on the comeback trail. He’s never had a problem saving his career; he did so again when winning a cross-roads bout vs former world champion Ricky Burns. This fight turned out to be a tantalising England v Scotland match-up, again before a Manchester audience.
Scotsman Burns was the favourite going in, given his pedigree and time spent at the time of the division. However. it was Anthony who had his hand raised at the final bell. The Englishman claimed a unanimous points decision. Interestingly, we’ve seen the beaten man fight only once since, stopping Croatian also-ran Ivan Njegac in round four of a six-round contest.
That points cheer over Burns got things moving for Crolla; he was spotted winning a second fight on the bounce. Anthony kept warm with a 10-rounder vs Mexican Edison Ramirez at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff. The bout was on the undercard of Anthony Joshua’s world title unification bout with Joseph Parker back in March. Million Dollar again got the desired result courtesy of the scoring judges, and it came by a wide margin too.
Home Win Hot Favourite
Fancy Crolla to continue his winning ways and complete the hat-trick on Saturday night in front of his own fans? That’s certainly the way bookies envisage this one going; they have the local priced up as hot favourite, backers having to make do with William Hill’s 4/11. That’s plenty tight, but it’s actually market best price with most of the competition stuck around the 1/3 point. That leaves us with two options – back Crolla as part of a stacked accumulator, or delve a bit deeper into the betting in search of a more attractive price.
The method of victory market presents bulkier prices, but to win them you must correctly predict who will come out of the contest victorious and how they will do it. Crolla carries a lowly 31% knockout average, having taken 13 of his 33 wins inside the distance and that goes some way to explaining why the KO/TKO is priced bigger than the points. If backing your opinions with cash, it’s well worth knowing the favourite has won each of his last two on the scorecards; his four most-recent outings have all gone the distance.
Our advice is to back Crolla on points or, if you’d prefer a bit more of a safety net, why not sit on the fence and support the fight to go the distance. If that’s your preference you’ll be paid out as a winner as long as we hear the final bell and it won’t make a difference who gets the nod from the three judges sat at ringside.
Yordan Written Off Too Easily
It’s fair to say Daud Yordan isn’t a household name with British boxing fans. Having said that, that’ll all change if he can come to the UK and beat Anthony Crolla in front of a sell-out audience. The 31-year-old from Sukadana, Indonesia brings a card reading 38 wins against three defeats. Clearly, he certainly has the experience to match his opponent.
He has also scored a few upsets in his time. Yordan was last seen beating undefeated Russian fighter Pavel Malikov on his own patch, despite climbing between the ropes as a supposed no-hoper. He obviously didn’t read the script and KO’d the home favourite inside eight rounds. That was his second knockout win in-a-row and Team Crolla will be well aware of that power.
Punters looking to support this underdog with bite can have an interest on him winning the fight at a tempting 22/1. It appears traders have written off Yordan a little too easily and, in boxing, that’s a dangerous game. It’s unlikely he’ll get too many favours on the scorecards in Britain, so relying on that power looks to be his best chance.
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