Frank Warren for Queensberry Promotions puts on a night of championship action at Wembley Arena and the famous venue is expected to be a sell-out as fans flock to watch some of the domestic game’s brightest talents. Lovers of the noble art who can’t make it along to the London arena will be glad to learn the best of the card will be shown live on BT Sport. Here are our top Daniel Dubois v Richard Lartey betting tips.
Lerrone Richards takes a step up in class to face opponent Tommy Langford for the vacant Commonwealth and WBO International belts over 12 rounds in a fascinating clash of youth vs experience. Langford is favourite with the bookies and goes in unbeaten, but his opponent has taken to the media to warn the younger man he has bitten off more than he can chew with this bout.
Chief support comes in the form of Sunny Edwards v Pedro Matos as the Londoner looks to follow the lead of brother older Charlie and move towards world title glory. Another impressive win here, taking his tally to 11-0-0 would keep him on the right path, but he’ll get nothing for free against a man determined to cause a shock and silence the crowd.
Zak Chelli and Jimmy Smith do battle over the southern area super middleweight strap and we also get an update on the career of Daniel Dubois as the hard-hitting Londoner aims to keep his run of knockout wins alive. He is being touted as a future opponent for Anthony Joshua and has certainly made waves in the top division since making his debut.
Armchair fans are guaranteed entertainment from the first bell and as well as some exciting bouts, bookies have laid out a long list of betting markets to help add a little extra spice to the occasion. With a few well-placed predictions you could earn cash
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Our boxing writer and former professional fighter has run over the form and figures in the night’s best bouts, returning with predictions on how best to invest your stake money. We also flag up which bookmakers are offering the most generous betting odds on the popular bets, ensuring your stake money works as hard as possible on your behalf.
Follow our thinking and have your say on the winner of each fight, throwing a few together in an accumulator or multiple, or aim for a bigger pay-out by playing the method of victory market. Here you’ll be asked to not only pick a winner but call how he’ll achieve the result, on points or by knockout/technical knockout/disqualification. There’s more of a risk involved here, of course, but the odds are far greater and worth pushing for.
Richards v Langford
Top of the bill and we’re really hoping this one lives up to expectations as it has kept everyone guessing in the build-up, including bookmakers who have struggled to nail down a convincing favourite since releasing their odds in midweek.
Lerrone Richards carries a perfect 11-fight record but has won only three times by knockout and that tells us he’s a man who prefers to rely on his slick boxing skills. The young gun from Surrey beat Rhys Pagan over 10 rounds on his penultimate start for the WBO European title and kept warm with a six rounds victory over Chris Dutton last time out, easing to the win.
This is a move up in grade, but odds-makers have him supported and another victory for Richards is 4/9 with William Hill, odds that suggest he’s in for a tough night’s work. There’s more to be had in the method of victory market and if backing the jolly his form has the points cheer as the shrewd approach. Make that play at Bet365 and you’ll get a handy 5/4 which rates as our best bet of the evening, one we suggest having as a super single.
Langford Fancies his Chances
Tommy Langford doesn’t boast the same pristine record as his opponent, but he is a man of 161 professional rounds experience. The 29-year-old from Birmingham is a 6ft orthodox boxer who has won 21 and lost three to date, although he’ll surely know another loss would have a major impact on his future chances of challenging for titles in this weight category.
A former decorated middleweight contender, he suffered his first loss when going down to Avtandil Khurtsidze when contesting the WBO world middleweight title, stopped in five rounds that night at the Leicester Arena. A bitter blow but he put it to the back of his mind, making an instant return to winning ways when claiming each of his next two. He was denied the hat-trick by old rival Jason Welborn who dished out loss two and three, both coming on a split decision. A sore one to take.
Tommy got back on track when registering a six-round points win last time and now faces another roll of the dice at a division higher than which he is used to. Bookies are wary of writing him off, given his championship experience, and backers will get 7/4 – top price at William Hill – when taking a chance on Langford. Neither man is a particularly big puncher, so the points cheer leaps off the page at us when seeing a 5/2 (Bet365) price attached. Prefer to sit on the fence? If you’re struggling to separate these two closely matched warriors, we’d say back the fight to go the distance for an interest. That way it doesn’t matter who has their hand raised at the end, as long as the decision comes on points.
Dubois Set for Another KO
Earlier in the evening we see Londoner Daniel Dubois move towards a shot at the big time when taking on African Richard Lartey over 10 rounds in what will be the Englishman’s 11th contest. He has already won nine inside the distance and it would be no surprise to see him cut this one short too.
Bookies know it would be foolish to oppose the form fighter and have him marked as a favourite, with punters priced out of an interest on the home win. He’s no better than 1/33 to land the desired result, or 1/18 with Bet365 to win by KO/TKO. For a better price we suggest playing the method of victory market and taking Dubois to win in the first-half of the contest.
No Chance of an Away Win
Richard Lartey brings a 14-1-0 record into the ring with 11 of his victories coming by way of knockout. The form of both men tells us this won’t go close to lasting the distance but will be entertaining while live. Bookies give the African no chance, offering 16/1 – top price at Bet365 – to anyone who disagrees.
It’s difficult to make a strong case for Lartey winning this bout but he does carry frightening power and his best chance of catapulting himself into the limelight with a shock win would be in stopping his fancied opponent. The underdog by KO/TKO is 22/1 at Bet365. That’s big, but it’s nowhere near big enough to see us risk our stake money. Take Dubois by KO/TKO