Anthony Yarde vs Travis Reeves predictions and betting tips as they meet for the WBO Inter-Continental Light Heavyweight title on BT Sport this Friday. The undefeated Brit is a highly regarded prospect but he will have to prove that he is unaffected by yet another late change in opponent as he tops the bill and looks to further his reputation as he bids for world honours in the near future.
Anthony Yarde (17-0) is one of the stars of Frank Warren’s Queensbury Promotions and, although he is undefeated in his 17 contests to date, he has been carefully matched and made slow progress up the ladder. However, despite his opponents being very carefully selected, he is ranked second in the light-heavyweight division by the WBO.
This contest was supposed to be a step up in class for Yarde, as he was supposed to take on Frenchman Mehdi Amar, but the former European champion was not in a position to travel due to an injury sustained in his training camp. As if that disruption was not enough, this contest was originally supposed to top a bill of its own, but a series of injuries for fighters involved on the card resulted in the whole show being pulled and the fights having to find a new home.
Stepping up to the plate in Amar’s place is Travis Reeves (17-3-2), a 38-years-old American who has challenged for world honours, but in truth he is someone who has mixed in company which is of a far lower quality than he will find Yarde is. Reeves has suffered only one defeat in his last 17 fights and that came in a challenge for the IBO world title against Karo Murat. He last fought in January at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, where he recorded a unanimous points victory over Lanell Bellows.
Daniel Dubois vs Razvan Cojanu Predictions and Betting Tips
Daniel Dubois vs Razvan Cojanu Predictions and Betting Tips as they meet on the Anthony Yarde vs Travis Reeves undercard this Friday and live on BT Sport. Will the undefeated heavyweight prospect be able to continue his rise to the top in what should prove to be the most difficult challenge of his career to date?
Daniel Dubois (9-0) is one of the best prospects in the country and promoter Frank Warren clearly feels he has a big future ahead of him. It is a contest which was originally scheduled to take place in December but had to be postponed due an illness picked up by the 21-years-old. The big hitting Londoner takes part in his tenth professional contest and he has already won the WBC Youth, Southern Area and English titles since making his debut in April 2017.
Not only has Dubois been undefeated in his opening contests, but he has managed to stop eight of his foes and has, so far at least, lived up to the hype. The 21-years-old will no doubt be looking to dispatch of the Friday’s opponent in a matter better than rival Nathan Gorman, as the California-based Razvan Cojanu (16-5) frustrated Gorman in Manchester back in December and proved an awkward customer.
The 31-year-old Romanian, who is a former world title challenger, may not have the best record on paper, but a look at his most recent opponents suggests that he is a better fighter than many will give him credit for. Although all these contests ultimately ended in defeat, his last three fights have seen him share a ring with Gorman, Luis Ortiz and Joseph Parker.
Liam Williams vs Joe Mullender Predictions and Betting Tips
Liam Williams vs Joe Mullender predictions and betting tips as they meet for the British Boxing Board of Control’s British title on the Anthony Yarde vs Travis Reeves undercard this Friday and live on BT Sport. Will the Welshman be able to defend his crown as he bids to go on and claim world honours in the Middleweight division?
Liam Williams (19-2-1) split with his trainer Gary Lockett and moved to Dominic Ingle’s Sheffield gym last year, and his decision to make the change was obviously a successful one as he went on to win the British title. Williams twice went to war with Liam Smith, and although he was ultimately unsuccessful in those contests, the way he fought won plenty of plaudits and will no doubt allow him to become a better fighter in years to come.
His tenure with Lockett saw the pair grow close in the wake of two tragedies, with Williams in the corner when former British middleweight champion Nick Blackwell, his stablemate, retired after suffering brain complications following a defeat to Chris Eubank Jr. Williams was also ringside supporting his then stablemate Dale Evans for his fight against Mike Towell, another contest that ended tragically with Towell dying from injuries suffered in the fight.
The change in trainers then, was likely just as much to do with trying to put those two tragedies to the back of his mind as it was a fresh look at how he prepares for a fight, and in Dominic Ingle you have a trainer who has a proven track record of taking fighters to world title level.
The man hoping to stop his momentum is Joe Mullender (11-2), but his comments in the pre-fight press conference suggests that even the challenger believes he is several levels below his opponent. Mullender has already held the British title but that came at the second attempt against Lee Markham, and even when he did manage to win the belt it came following a tight contest and a split decision.
This contest has always been set up with the intention for Anthony Yarde to win, and look good whilst doing so. The 28-years-old is yet to prove he is the best of the crop in the Light-Heavyweight division as far as the United Kingdom is concerned, with the likes of Callum Johnson, Joshua Buatsi, Craig Richards and Hosea Burton just a handful of the UK talent thought to be keen to compete with Yarde, but he is highly regarded by the WBO and may be looking at world honours rather than domestic.
Yarde always looks like he is in perfect shape and, although some would consider his future lying in the Crusierweight division, he makes the weight well and is surely set for a big future with the Light-Heavyweights. Yarde perhaps does not have devastating one punch knockout power, but only one of his 17 foes have managed to last the distance with him and even that was only because the fight was only scheduled for four rounds.
Standing in the opposite corner is a 38-years-old who has already had his shot at the big time as he was unsuccessful in a bid for the lesser thought of IBO title. Reeves comes with a solid record and should be a game competitor, but he has lost twice by knockout and has rarely stepped into the sort of quality which will be against him on Saturday evening.
Daniel Dubois is the star turn in this contest and most people will be expecting him to put on another excellent performance to further his career. The 21-years-old has a jab which is up there with the best in the world and may benefit from facing a fighter who is not just looking to survive against him.
There is also an interesting sub-plot in this contest, as Dubois has become rather fierce rivals with countryman Nathan Gorman and, given that Gorman faced Cojanu back in December and was only able to win thanks to a unanimous decision, it seems certain that Dubois will look to come out and make a statement by stopping the former world title challenger.
Dubois is the class act and is surely set for big things in the heavyweight division. It seems unlikely that his team will have taken a step which has not been calculated. It is hard to imagine a scenario in which Dubois does not win this contest and look good whilst doing it.
Liam Williams is riding high on a wave after he put on a career best performance against Mark Heffron last time out. Many tipped Heffron, who was undefeated at the time of the fight, to emerge victorious and continue his charge towards world honours, but Williams upset the odds that night and he will be hoping he continue his progression with another win on Friday evening.
Mullender is a game opponent and should not be taken lightly by Williams, despite what has been said in the pre-fight press conference. However, it also true that Mullender has not mixed in the same sort of company as his opponent and anything above domestic level appears to be beyond him.
Truth be told, Williams should win this contest and win it well. Although he has been talking about pushing further on in his career in the build up to this contest, if he does not look good in this fight then it is hard to make a case for him surpassing European level.