Josh Taylor v Ryan Martin Betting Tips & Predictions
Big time boxing comes to us from Glasgow as ITV feature all the action from Josh Taylor v Ryan Martin from The SSE Hydro. A patriotic crowd is expected in support of Taylor; with the WBC Silver super lightweight title on the line, it’s another chance for The Tartan Tornado to close the gap between himself and a shot at a world title.
As well as a ranking belt, this bout also doubles as a first round match in the hugely popular World Boxing Super Series; the competition is now moving into the 140lbs weight class. We witnessed a fascinating all-British clash for the Muhammad Ali Trophy up at super middleweight in Jeddah recently when Liverpool’s Callum Smith stopped Londoner George Groves inside seven rounds. Mundo is on a path to the very top and he’ll take some stopping.
Having watched how Smith used the series to pick-up a world title, weighty winner’s cheque and launch himself towards the big fights, Taylor and Martin will have ideas on how they can do the same thing at super lightweight. Pitting the best against the best, this not only makes for a thrilling spectacle for fight fans, it offers boxers a short-cut to the big time, one neither man is going to pass-up lightly.
So, who will be triumphant in Glasgow on the opening weekend of November and place themselves on-course for a massive 2019? A strong case could be made for either competitor, but bookmakers haven’t wasted time sitting on the fence, coming down in strong support of the Scotsman.
Let’s find out how they can be so sure.
Tartan Tornado Blowing Through the Division
27-year-old Josh Taylor walks out on fight night in front of his own fans with a proud undefeated record as a professional. Having achieved everything he set out to in the unpaid ranks, including winning Commonwealth Games gold in 2014, he was lured over, shedding the headguard and vest in an attempt to win a world title and make himself rich.
He made his debut with a second round TKO win over American Archie Weah at the Don Haskins Convention Center in El Paso, America in the summer of 2015; he has been fast-tracked to the top ever since. Taylor now stands with a CV showing 13 wins, no defeats and no draws. Furthermore, 11 of his victories have come inside the distance. He has passed every test put to him so far and an 85% KO average proves his desire to get to the top in double-quick time.
We last saw the 5ft 10inch southpaw score a career best win over Ukrainian hard man Viktor Postol at this very venue. In a bout that represented a real step up in class for the local – Postol bringing a fearsome 29-1-0 record – it was a night to remember. The visitor suffered a nasty cut early in the bout before crashing to the canvas in the 10th.
The scorecards read 117-110, 118-110, 119-110, and boxing fans will look back on that for years to come as the one that announced Josh Taylor’s arrival on the big stage. The fact Postol had lost only one fight previously, to pound-for-pound legend Terence Crawford, shows the win in a fair light.
Taylor Scored Four KO Wins in Five
That win was the first time since January 2017 the Scot had called upon the scoring judges. His four previous outings before that all ended by knockout. That purple patch included the stunning seventh round TKO of Londoner Ohara Davies in what turned out to be a real grudge match. Davies promised to halt the progress of his opponent and many believed him thanks to a 15-0-0 record. However, on the night, it was a one-sided fight.
Taylor was too good for his man in every department; he out-boxed him and out-thought him before standing up and out-fighting him. Davies, who had never as much as been shaken before that clash, was down in the third round before again hitting the floor in the seventh. Referee, Howard John Foster, called a halt to proceedings with Ohara in no fit state to take any further punishment.
The Scottish boxing fans love him and there’s no lack of interest in Josh Taylor’s progress throughout the UK. That will ensure he’s popular with punters going in. However, those looking to support a home win will either have to dig deep and bet big. They could also use Taylor as part of accumulators because bookmakers are desperate to keep him close.
William Hill offer 1/5 on Josh securing career win number 13. Although that appears to be tight, it’s actually the most generous quote you’ll find in the market at the time of writing. The competition don’t want to get involved and are happy to keep punters at arm’s length, trading anywhere from 1/7 to 1/10. A clear message from the money men; you’ll get nothing for free in this fight and if you want a bit of value you’ll have to work for it.
Plenty to Pick from the Specials
That pushes us into the specials markets and there’s plenty there to catch our eye. If you expect Taylor to win, you can play the method of victory and predict how he’ll do it – knockout or points decision. The KO is sure to prove popular, especially with the majority inside The SSE Hydro, with Josh winning four of his last five by KO/TKO.
Back another and it won’t matter when he does it, as long as he wins before the final bell. Looking to mark the night with a big price pay-out? Push the boat out and call the exact round the favourite will win in, taking anything from the first to the 12th. A big ask, of course, but the prizes involved are certainly worth the risk.
If you expect a double from The Tartan Terror you can back him to win on points; at this level, that wouldn’t be the worst strategy. He was happy to coast to a wide margin of victory last time. Also, getting the rounds under his belt would’ve done his progress no harm whatsoever, taking a real education from the Postol win. Sitting on the fence and would prefer to avoid predicting the victor?
Bet on the bout to last the distance or not. If you take no, you’ll be paid out regardless of who is crowned the winner, as long as the decision is made without the need for the three men sat at ringside. Opponent, Ryan Martin, has never been stopped so far. He has, in fact, never lost a fight from 22 previous starts. Is Taylor the man to end that run?
Ryan Martin Brings a 55% KO Average
Ohio native, Martin, brings power of his own into this one and has a 55% knockout average since debuting in 2013. His unbeaten journey has seen him win a clutch of titles, including the WBA Inter-Continental strap at lightweight, out-pointing Francisco Rojo by a split last summer.
Ryan Martin, nicknamed Blue Chip, was last seen beating Breidis Prescott on points at the StubHub Center in Carson. British fight fans will remember Prescott as the man who inflicted a brutal first career defeat on Amir Khan, knocking the Bolton lad out in a round back in 2008. That would’ve done his confidence wonders, but the latest betting has Martin priced as a 9/2 (888Sport) second favourite, the draw 25/1 with the same firm.