On a bumper night of action for boxing fans, we have Tyson Fury’s latest outing in America to look forward to, as well as card packed with domestic talent in Leeds, headlined by Josh Warrington v Kid Galahad for the IBF featherweight world title. Both bouts can be viewed on BT Sport and our team of boxing experts offer their views on how you can profit from the occasion with a couple of well-placed bets. Here are our top Mairis Briedis v Krzysztof Glowacki betting tips and predictions.
There’s also a card shown live on Sky Sports on Saturday evening which takes place at the Arena Riga in Latvia. Not your usual location for the Saturday Fight Night show but it’s a trip schedulers believe is one well worth taking with some eye-catching bouts included in the line-up, including a world title clash at cruiserweight. A night of channel hopping between BT and Sky lies ahead.
There’s No Lack of Betting Value
The busy programme is also great news for punters looking to beat the bookies by placing accumulators. Traders have done their bit to help you do just that and there’s certainly no lack of betting value around. Have your say on the winner of each of the night’s best contests and put them together in a multiple, aiming for a nice sized pay-out. There are bigger prices to be had if playing one of the many specials markets available, including method of victory, total rounds and even the exact round betting.
The method of victory remains one of our favourite markets as it rewards punters who do their research with a nice price. It’s a more difficult prediction to get right than playing the standard fight winner as you’re tasked with calling the winner of the bout as well as how he’ll achieve the result – knockout or points. Flick through the form of each fighter involved and often you’ll notice a pattern. Is the favourite on a run of scorecard wins or does the underdog carry a big punch? Make your predictions and get your stake money down.
We understand not all punters have the time in their daily lives to research boxing form and that shouldn’t mean you can’t enjoy the thrill of landing a big fight profit. Our team of boxing betting tipsters step in to offer their views on how best to approach the evening. Scroll through the boxing section of our site and you’ll find betting tips and predictions on Tyson Fury v Tom Schwarz and Josh Warrington v Kid Galahad. We’ve also picked out the bets we believe are worth having from the Sky Sports show, focussing on the world title bout involving Mairis Briedis and Krzysztof Glowacki.
Glowacki Goes in as Current Champion
Krzysztof Glowacki steps into the ring on fight night as the current holder of the WBO world cruiserweight title and the Polish fighter aims to successfully defend his crown against the challenge of Mairis Briedis while adding the vacant WBC strap to his haul in the process. The 32-year-old from Poland brings a professional record reading 31 wins against just one defeat with 19 of his victories coming by way of knockout, resulting in a 59% KO average. The sole defeat on his card to date came on the scorecards almost three years ago.
Following a stunning start to life as a professional fighter, Krzysztof Glowacki quickly climbed through the ranks and pushed himself into contention for major honours. The one blot on his copybook came when losing a 12-round decision to the great Oleksandr Usyk on points. He was comfortably beaten by the man who is now contemplating a move into the heavyweight division but Usyk’s form since shows there’s no shame in that result. The beaten fighter quickly dusted himself down and moved on, taking confidence from the fact he went the distance with a pound-for-pound great like Oleksandr.
Since that loss, Krzysztof has bounced back to record five wins with three of those positive results coming inside the distance. He was last seen beating Maksim Vlasov on points at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago late last year, picking up the interim WBO title in the process. That has since been made official and the champion will make his first defence in Latvia on Saturday night. The chance to add the WBC bauble makes this bout all the more exciting for both fighter and followers are guaranteed a gripping dual from the first bell.
Stats Suggest This Could Be Over Quickly
Will the fight go the distance? The knockout stats coming out of either corner suggests the scoring judges sat at ringside may just get the night off. Those eager to place a bet on the outcome of this one will be glad to learn they can avoid predicting a winner and simply bet on the fight to late the 12-round distance or not. It may be seen as sitting on the fence, but it’ll give players a 50/50 chance of securing a return on their investment. Your bet will be paid as a winner regardless of which fighter has their hand raised at the end.
Krzysztof Glowacki has been chalked up as a 9/4 (Ladbrokes) second favourite to win this bout on Saturday, despite going into the ring as champion of the world. That will catch the eye of value hunters eager to make the trading team pay. Krzysztof is a talented fighter who arrives with form on side as well as the chance to add to his WBO strap. He boasts an impressive record and possesses the power to knock his opponent out if he gets the chance.
We were surprised to see 9/4 available and that looks to be on the generous side. We certainly wouldn’t put anyone off having a bet on the champion if that was their plan. There’s more to be had for those bold enough to call the method of victory. Krzysztof Glowacki on points is 3/1 and that’s seen as a more likely outcome than the KO/TKO which can be backed at 7/1 – both quotes taken from the Bet365 site.
Briedis Performed Well Against Usyk
Mairis Briedis will duck between the ropes with a professional fight record reading 25 wins against one defeat. The spare was also inflicted by Aleksandr Usyk when dropping a majority decision back in January of last year but the fact he went closer than his opponent to winning is worth keeping in mind when putting together your bets on this clash. Briedis was undone by the scorecards that night, with the tallies reading 115-113, 115-113, 114-114. Getting a draw on one card is an achievement which shouldn’t be overlooked.
The betting favourite won each of his two comebacks bouts, including a points cheer over Noel Gevor in Chicago last time, claiming the WBC Diamond title in the process. He boxed his way to a comfortable margin that night and pushed himself up through the rankings with the WBC. Bookmakers were impressed and had no trouble marking Mairis Briedis as favourite to collect career win number 26.
Backers can have him at 2/5 with Bet365 and that’s sure to be popular in accumulators. There’s also enough of a price there to warrant a bet as a super single, for those willing to go in for a bigger stake, although we suggest adding it to your fight night accas, alongside Kid Galahad and Tyson Fury by KO/TKO.