Big time British boxing returns this weekend as fans’ favourite Josh Warrington is back in action. The likeable featherweight from Leeds faces off against Sofiane Takoucht at the First Direct Arena over 12 championship rounds for the IBF world title. Here are our top Josh Warrington v Sofiane Takoucht betting tips and predictions.
A Closer Look
Warrington goes into bout number 30 of his career with a perfect record, winning each of his previous starts but claiming only six by knockout. He’s not known as a concussive puncher, proven by his stats, but tends to rely more on his natural boxing ability, fast hands and high work rate. We can expect to see more of the same this weekend with the card shown live on Sky Sports.
The Leeds Warrior was last seen beating British rival Kid Galahad on a split decision. It was a tight result but that was always to be expected. Galahad is a tricky customer who is very difficult to nail down and hit with clean shots. Tighter than Team Warrington wanted, but they got the desired result in the end and fully deserved the win.
A Man on Form
The local fighter’s recent form is seriously impressive and he has beaten Lee Selby, Carl Frampton and Kid Galahad in his last three. That makes him the nation’s form fighter at any weight and bookmakers expect him to grab another victory this weekend. The betting has Josh as a 1/50 favourite with William Hill, ahead of the 18/1 at Bet365 on Sofiane Takoucht upsetting the odds and 33/1 the draw.
The method of victory market offers a slightly better price for a higher risk. We’re taking Josh Warrington to win a points decision at 6/4 with Bet365. That should make things a little more interesting.