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By Bobby Hunter
With Eddie Hearn announcing last night that Ricky Burns will meet American Terrance Crawford sometime in February and if he is looking for a fan favourite, TV friendly fight for the under card then he should add Jon Slowey and Kris Hughes to the huge Sky TV bill as on Saturday night at the Gorbals Leisure Centre, these two guys gave the fans an early Christmas present by going toe to toe for 10 rounds for the Scottish Area Title.
Slowey (9st) and Hughes (8st 13lbs) gave the fans a throwback fight where from the opening bell the pro Slowey crowd had already raised the decibels a few notches but went quiet quickly as Champion Hughes came out all guns blazing looking for the early finish. Lead right hooks followed by lefts banged against Sloweys head in the opening minute. It wasn't until the challenger began to time his jab knocking the head back of Hughes that the fans came back to life. Slowey then began to…Continue
- Devon Alexander ko, Austin Trout pts, Paulie Malignaggi pts ... £2 ... 27/1 bet365.com
There are lots of top-level fights taking place in the States this weekend but the three big ones in my eyes are all taking place at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, New York.
Devon Alexander faces Shawn Porter, Austin Trout takes on Erislandy Lara and Paulie Malignaggi finally gets a go at Zab Judah.
I have rolled up my tips into an accumulator bet for these fights, giving me the shot at a big payout.
- Darren Barker SD ... £3 ... 8/1 ladbrokes.com
- Darren Barker MD ... £1 ... 16/1 ladbrokes.com
- Felix Sturm SD ... £2 ... 8/1 ladbrokes.com
- Felix Sturm MD ... £1 ... 16/1 ladbrokes.com
- Draw ... £1 ... 22/1 betfred.com
Darren Barker against Felix Sturm will be a close fight in virtually everybody's eyes, but as it is almost certain to go to points there is still a way to make a good bet.
Sturm's last three fights that went to the judges were against Geale, Murray and Macklin - all guys on a similar level to Barker - and the results were SD loss, SD draw and SD win respectively.
The dubious scoring in Germany means that a mixed decision or split decision is likely, and there is a good chance of a draw.
I favour Barker…Continue
Darren Barker (26(16)-1(1)-0) - Height 6'0.5'' - Reach 73'' - 31 years old
Felix Sturm (38(17)-3(1)-2) - Height 5'11.5'' - Reach 73'' - 34 years old
Darren Barker makes the first defence of his world middleweight strap on Saturday against former world champion and mandatory challenger Felix Sturm in Germany, Sturm's home country.
Although the new title holder is giving away home advantage he does have the superior record, having only lost once, to Sergio Martinez by 11th round ko in 2011.
Sturm has only lost once since 2006 and that was against the man Barker just took the title off, Daniel Geale. Both fights against the Australian were extremely tight and this bout will be too unless something surprising takes place.
In terms on experience Sturm is…Continue