1. Curtis Woodhouse to beat Derry Matthews by KO/TKO/DQ - 3/1
Curtis fights one way which is to come forward and put pressure on his opponent. Matthews has lost 8 times, 7 of which have been by stoppage. This is a 12 rounder and Woodhouse won't be taking a backward step. Woodhouse is vulnerable himself, he's been stopped by Dale Miles but generally from what I've seen he's shown a decent chin. I still think Matthews can take him out with one shot though. The thing about Matthews is he just isn't that good. He won't be boxing and moving here. I expect an all out war for however long it lasts and I'm siding with who I believe to be the more skillful fighter and better defensive fighter. Matthews is so vulnerable to the body as well.
2. John Ryder to beat BJS - 5/2
Just a value bet here for me. I think it's a very close fight. I respect Saunders but I think he's getting overhyped. Ryder is very technically sound, good at making his opponent miss and has decent power. He's a southpaw as well so it's something different. Ryder will have done his homework and been studying Saunders for years and he's got a good trainer as well. I don't see him getting outclassed like all the others. I think with his defensive skill and his power he will be dangerous. I question Saunders stamina - he has publically said he was gassed in fights and had to use all his heart to get through. Plus Saunders is a bit easy to goad into a war, if ryder decides to try to take chances to land one. I just think the overall value is with Ryder at 5/2 outright.
Think Derrys a better fighter than Woodhouse. All this talk of it being a war might be a bit off the mark - Matthews knows this is Woodhouse's best chance to win. He might look to use his better skillset to keep it at a bit more range.
Ive backed Derry to win by points at 3/1Think Derrys a better fighter than Woodhouse. All this talk of it being a war might be a bit off the mark - Matthews knows this is Woodhouse's best chance to win. He might look to use his better skillset to kee