The East of England Arena in Peterborough plays host to an evening of championship boxing on Saturday as some of the hottest domestic prospects put their careers on the line in the hope of landing a respected title and boosting their world rankings in the process. Here are our top Jordan Gill v Emmanuel Dominguez Betting Tips.
Eddie Hearn for Matchroom Sports promotes an explosive evening of action with no less than nine bouts on the bill, including three title fights, two fought out over 12 rounds. Those in attendance will get value for money when purchasing a ticket, while fight fans who can’t make it to the arena can follow the action live on Sky Sports.
Looking to add a bit more drama to the occasion? Bookmakers have you covered, and the major firms offer a range of exciting markets on the top bouts of the night, including fight winner, method of victory, round betting, fight to go the distance, and plenty more besides. Pick a few winners and build an accumulator or aim a little higher and shoot for the bigger prices that exist in the specials.
Our team of boxing betting experts and former professional fighters run through the card and pick out the bets they think are worth having, as well as advising which bookmakers are offering the best prices on our selections.
Gill Looking to Thrill the Crowd
Cambridgeshire’s Jordan Gill takes part in what will be his 23rd professional contest on Saturday evening and the wonderkid brings an unbeaten record of 22-0-0 with six of his wins coming inside the distance. Not known as a power puncher, the 24-year-old relies more on his boxing skills and natural ability to build up a lead on the scorecards and his journey has taken him from a four-round decision over well-travelled Kristian Laight on debut to major venues and respected titles.
The Thrill’s best performance to date came last time out when winning the Commonwealth featherweight title with a seventh round TKO win over Ryan Doyle (17-2-1) at the Copperbox in Stratford late last year on the undercard of John Ryder – Andrey Sirotkin. This represents another step up in class for the progressive orthodox boxer but what he’s shown us so far suggests he’s more than good enough to take it in his stride and another win here would propel him towards bigger and better things.
Although Gill isn’t renowned for his knockout ability, he will travel to the venue having won each of his last two inside the distance. As well as the seventh-round stoppage of Doyle he also dealt with David Berna (16-4-0) at the Ice Arena, Cardiff in a round, knocking his opponent to the canvas twice before referee Chris Jones waved things off for the beaten man’s safety, knowing he was in over his head and only going to come in for further punishment. Two stoppages on the bounce would’ve done wonders for Jordan’s confidence.
Bookies Hot on Gill
Jordan Gill’s form has won him many admirers, not least of all traders who are keen to keep him close in this bout, all major bookmakers pricing the Englishman are red hot favourite. They are so convinced he’ll win, in fact, they are working to discourage a bet on him landing the desired result and those looking to support him will find no more than 1/16 available, most firms stuck around the 1/20 mark. That makes an interest for standard punters pointless as you’d need a hefty stake down to get anything worthwhile back.
Playing the method of victory market may give us more to smile about. Gill has won each of his last two by KO/TKO, as already mentioned, and that will ensure there’s a share of attention on him completing the hat-trick and scoring another inside the distance win. That’s not a bet for us, however, and we’d much rather a punt on him getting the victory on the scorecards. Back Gill on points, that’s our NAP of the night and looks our best shot at a price worth having in our accas.
Experience Shouldn’t be Ignored
Emmanuel Dominguez travels from his base in Mexico with a CV showing 24 wins, seven defeats and one draw. Not the pristine record of the man in the opposite corner but his experience shouldn’t be undervalued and let’s remember not too many poor boxers come out of Mexico, as we are constantly reminded. The 25-year-old has pushed himself into contention for titles with a strong run of form that has seen him win eight of his last 10, including each of his last two.
He was beaten on points in America over 10 rounds by Toka Kahn Clary last summer but got back to winning ways with a six round stoppage win over Miguel Angel Gonzalez in his comeback, before beating Carlos Alberto Banuelos last time out, dealing with that opponent before the bell to signal the end of the third round. That stretched his knockout record to 16 from 24 wins and that won’t go unnoticed by the Gill camp in the lead up to this one.
The fact he has only been stopped once in his career is also worth noting, the spare coming at the hands of Emanuel Navarrete in the final round of a bout scheduled for four back in August 2014. These things happen in professional boxing and we certainly won’t be in a rush to hold it against him or take anything away from his chin, which has been proven on more than a few occasions since that loss. It’ll be under scrutiny again in England but we’re confident he won’t be put away early, as the betting odds would have you believe.
Long Way From Home
An experienced head looking at Dominguez will know he has all the attributes needed to be a danger in this fight, but traders really don’t fancy his chances and have been bold enough to score a line through the away fighter without hesitation. Those looking for an interest bet on the upset will be delighted to find a weighty 9/1 available at Unibet on Emmanuel spoiling the party. That makes him rank outsider and we do think he deserves a little more respect than the money men have afforded him.
Having said that, he is a long way from home with the crowd against him and, for those reasons, we don’t think he’ll win. The Gill points cheer is the bet for us but, value wise, we wouldn’t be in a mad rush to put anyone off playing the bigger prices. Dominguez to win by KO/TKO is a big price for a reason, but it’s more likely than him impressing the scoring judges who will be swayed by the home support for Gill. This will be more interesting than the betting suggests, with the Mexican putting up a fair fight but, at the final bell, it’s the Englishman’s hand we expect to be raised.
A bet we think is worth having on the undercard is taking unbeaten Londoner Richard Riakporhe to upset the odds against Tommy McCarthy. The latter has a loss on his record and hasn’t been tested in his comeback bouts since. Riakporhe is a fighter on the right path and looks deserving of our support at 21/20 with Unibet. That’s worth having as many firms have the same bet at odds-on. When two fighters as evenly matched as these men meet it’s always worth taking the bigger price. Enjoy the show.