James DeGale vs Chris Eubank Jr predictions and Betting Tips as they meet for the vacant IBO super-middleweight title at the O2 Arena live on ITV Box Office. The two domestic rivals meet in a cross-roads fight which DeGale has labelled as a ‘retirement fight’ for the loser of the contest, but the winner knows he will be able to take his career forward and challenge for world honours once again.
James DeGale (25-2-1) has enjoyed a distinguished career and, whatever the result on February 23rd, the 33-years-old should be remembered as one of the classiest fighters this country has produced. However, for all his skills, ‘Chunky’ has yet to have the sort of fight on home soil which has captured the imagination of casual boxing fans and that would have been enough to ensure he is remembered as fondly as his talents deserve.
That is not to say he has had dull fights though, far from it. His contests with Andre Dirrell and Badou Jack were enthralling affairs which saw the fight sway from one way to another. However, two close contests with Caleb Truax, a fighter who is not thought to be an elite at the weight, means that the indications are that father time is catching up with him and he is in the twilight of his career.
As much as talent, hard work and dedication are all pivotal factors in dictating the outcome of a fight, the timing of a contest is also vital. For Chris Eubank Jr (27-2), he will certainly be hopeful that he has caught DeGale at the right time and that he can profit to once again challenge for a world title.
Son of the famous Chris Eubank, Junior has stepped up to fight at Super Middleweight in each of his last five outings, and although he captured the lesser thought of IBO strap at this weight, the common consensus is that he is competing at a weight division higher than he should. However, he was able to compete in the illustrious World Boxing Super Series at Super-Middleweight and although he fell to defeat in the semi-finals to George Groves, the majority of the ‘money’ fights remain at this division.
Lee Selby vs Omar Douglas Predictions and Betting Tips
Lee Selby vs Omar Douglas predictions and betting tips as they meet on the undercard of James DeGale vs Chris Eubank Jr at the O2 Arena in London. After surrendering his Featherweight world title to Josh Warrington in his last contest, Selby is looking to make the step up to Lightweight with ease and that starts in this contest against American puncher, Omar Douglas.
Lee Selby (26-2) has long been thought of as one of the best pound for pound British boxers of this generation but, although he was the IBF Featherweight champion, it was well known that he was struggling to make the weight and was not fighting at the level he should be. He has addressed this by making the step up in weights, but it remains to be seen if his decision to skip over the Super-Featherweight limit and straight into the Lightweight division is the correct one to make.
Selby has mixed in some good company in the Featherweight division and after winning the IBF strap against Evgeny Gradovich, he made four defences of his crown prior to losing by decision against Josh Warrington at Elland Road. The man from Barry, Wales, has not fought since that contest but he is used to a fairly inactive schedule so should not be overly concerned by the lack of contests.
In the opposite corner is 28-years-old, Omar Douglas (19-2) will no doubt be fancying his chances of upsetting the apple cart and proving he belongs with the elite. Douglas has already spoken of what a win over Selby can do for him and he thinks beating an ex-world champion could propel him into the picture for a title shot of his own. With fellow Americans Gervonta Davis, Andrew Cancio and Tevin Farmer all holding belts in the division, it could prove to be a profitable victory if he is able to upset the odds.
Joe Joyce vs Bermane Stiverne Predictions and Betting Tips
Joe Joyce vs Bermane Stiverne predictions and betting tips as they meet on the undercard of James DeGale vs Chris Eubank Jr at the O2 Arena in London. After an excellent career in the unpaid ranks, Joe Joyce is now undefeated as a professional and he will be hoping he can continue his sterling start to his career as he takes on former world heavyweight champion, Bermane Stiverne.
After a long career as an amatuer, Joe Joyce (7-0) has not been hanging around since moving into the paid ranks and the 33-years-old is already on the fringes of world level despite only having seven professional contests so far. It should be said, however, he has adapted to the pro game excellently and has won all seven of his contests inside the distance.
The ‘Juggernaut’ set out his intentions from the very start of his career as he stopped solid heavyweight Ian Lewison in his first contest, and the rate of improvement did not stop there as he steamrollered through then Commonwealth champion Lenroy Thomas to win the title in only his fourth contest.
The man standing in the opposite corner is former WBC heavyweight champion Bermane Stiverne (25-3-1). Prior to Tyson Fury going toe to toe with Deontay Wilder, Stiverne was the only man to go the distance with the Bronze Bomber and, although he did not last long in the rematch, it is still an accomplishment which should be taken seriously.
However, the rematch came back in November 2017 and that contest was the last time 40-years-old was in the ring. Stiverne is a good fighter when he’s in shape, however, in his last fight, he was overweight at 254 pounds against Wilder in November 2017. That was well above the 239 lbs he weighed for his first fight against Wilder in November 2015.
James DeGale comes into this contest knowing that he will need to produce a better performance than he managed when taking on Caleb Truax in his last two contests, a keep busy fight last time out aside. However, at his best he is a classy fighter and the fact that his only two defeats have come on points, shows that he has the heart of a lion and not often troubled by an opponents power.
A mixture of injuries and promotional changes has meant that DeGale has not been particularly active in the latter stages of his career, and wars with Badou Jack and Andre Dirrell are all of a sudden feeling like a long time ago. It also has to be noted that when DeGale spoke in the press conference for this fight, he stated that the loser would likely retire, which begs the question how much hunger is left for DeGale to do the hard yards.
Chris Eubank Jr may not be one of the biggest, concussive punchers in the world, but he is relentless in his pressure and often wins by simply overwhelming his opponents with multiple punch combinations. The 29-years-old has only suffered defeats at the hands of Billy Joe Saunders and George Groves, two of the finest English fighters of this generation, and with both of those coming on points, he also has displayed he has plenty of punch resistance.
The training situation has of Junior has often been criticised, as he seems to be largely ‘self trained’ but it is something which finally seems to have been addressed. He has now been training with Nate Vasquez from Las Vegas, and having a full time trainer will surely help him devise a strategy for the bout rather than just trying to pick his moments.
With neither fighter known as a huge puncher and both having a record of never being stopped, it is something which we do not expect to change following the conclusion of this fight. However, this does smack of one last payday for DeGale and the hunger of Eubank Jr in comparison should mean he comes away with a victory.
The move up in weight division for Lee Selby has been a long time coming and the 31-years-old will be keen to move on to the next chapter of his career after surrendering his IBF Featherweight title to Josh Warringotn. Anyone who has followed Selby’s career relatively closely could tell he was struggling at the weight and that was certainly impacting on his performances and, with the Super-Featherweight limit just 4lbs higher, his team obviously thought that the the right move would be to by-pass that division entirely.
In the ring, Selby can be frustrating to watch. He is such a talented boxer that he has the capabilities to make his opponents look ordinary, and there was no better example of this than when he won his world title against Evgeny Gradovich. However, when he does not feel his opponent is in the same class he is, Selby can become complacent and dragged into wars such as when he faced off against Eric Hunter.
One man who is hoping that the jump in weight is too big of a step for Selby to make is the man in the opposite corner, Omar Douglas. The American puncher has a healthy knockout ratio with 13 of his 19 wins coming by way of stoppage, and although he has suffered defeat twice, both losses came on the back of close points decisions.
Although Joe Joyce has had to come up quickly since turning pro, this contest is definitely a considerable step up for Joyce from the domestic and fringe world level opposition that he’s been feasting on since his debut in 2017.
Joyce has looked pretty impressive in his displays so far and, although we are only seven fights in, he is known for his ability to end the contest in early rounds. Should he be able to come out on top, one possible fight is a contest with French prospect Tony Yoka. Yoka is recently back from a suspension after failing a drugs test and the two have history as Joyce was unquestionably robbed in the final of 2016 Olympics. Joyce clearly deserved the win over Yoka, who took a beating in that fight.
It is a robbery which will still not sit right in the heart of Joyce, and will add fuel to the fire of his bid to climb the mountain and become world champion. In Stiverne he is up against a seasoned competitor who’s best days are unquestionably behind him. It has now been two years since Stiverne has been in the ring and we think that the likelihood of him being able to role back the years appears to be slim.