We’ve already set out our stall on the Top 5 Betting Tips for Saturday night’s massive heavyweight contest between Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua, but there’s still plenty of action to dissect on the undercard.
There action from former world champions and future world champions in Jeddah and we’re backing knockout action up and down the undercard.
Callum Smith, Ben Whittaker, Filip Hrgovic and Ramla Ali all make appearances before the big boys fight for supremacy – check out the legs here to a freebets.com 15/1 Boxing Acca:
Callum Smith to beat Mathieu Bauderlique by KO/TKO/Disqualification
Callum Smith is growing nicely into the light-heavyweight division, having jumped up from super-middleweight following a 2020 loss to Canelo Alvarez.
Frenchman Mathieu Bauderlique is next on the slate for “Mundo” and Bauderlique is making his debut outside of France.
There are always question marks above the heads of fighters who have only fought in their home country – especially across Europe – and a 2017 KO in the opening round to Dragan Lepei stands out on his record like a sore thumb.
Smith’s last fight was on the undercard of the first Joshua-Usyk card and he destroyed Gilbert Castillo Rivera in two rounds, looking at home in the 175lb division, and we’re expecting something similar in Saudi Arabia.
Smith is one of the most economical punchers in Britain and is capable of those showreel knockouts.
Filip Hrgovic to beat Zhilei Zhang in Rounds 1-3
Outside of the usual suspects – a la, Joshua, Usyk, Fury and Wilder – Filip Hrgovic is one of the next in-line to argue his corner in the heavyweight division.
The Croatian is unbeaten, untested and ready to force the hand of the IBF for a heavyweight title shot in 2023.
Zhilei Zhang is a marketing managers dream, but hasn’t quite succeeded in the heavyweight division where many thought he would.
The southpaw is 39 now but is yet to register a win of any note.
We’re expecting the Zhang hype to crumble on Saturday as Hrgovic walks through him in style within the first three rounds.
Ben Whittaker to beat Petar Nosic in Round 1
Olympic silver medalist Ben Whittaker makes returns for his second pro fight on Saturday in memorable circumstances.
A spot on the Usyk-Joshua card suits the cocky, confident, flash fighter from Walsall and we are expecting the 25-year-old to want to put on a show against Petar Nosic.
Nosic is, surprisingly, unbeaten in six fights, but has fought opposition with a combined record of 30-37.
This will be the Croatian’s first six-rounder and Whittaker’s flashy combinations should have him in trouble within the opening three minutes.
Whittaker got rid of Greg O’Neill in two rounds in his pro debut, so will be looking to go a round better against a less experienced fighter.