What a year of boxing us fight fans are in for in 2017! On the domestic scene we have Tony Bellew and David Haye’s grudge match as well as Anthony Joshua’s clash of the titans against heavyweight royalty Wladimir Klitschko.
Of course, Betfred are the proud sponsors of Anthony Crolla’s rematch with Jorge Linares and Carl Frampton heads to Vegas later this month hoping to get the better of Leo Santa Cruz once again.
Before all that, however, we have a huge night of New York boxing to look forward to and this 14/1 double of knockout victories may be the one to start your year with a bang.
James DeGale faces Badou Jack in a thrilling super-middleweight unification bout while two unbeaten super featherweight prospects go head to head in the shape of Jose Pedraza and Gervonta Davis.
First up, it’s the confident cockney from Hammersmith looking to set up a huge British clash with Liverpudlian Callum Smith.
Bout Betting: DeGale 4/11, Draw 20/1, Jack 9/4
“Chunky” enjoyed a fantastic 2015 with impressive victories over Andre Dirrell and Lucian Bute.
His skillset has never been questioned, the 30-year-old is as slick as they come and at his best should have too much for Jack.
His only fight of 2016 was a frustrating win over Rogelio Medina and DeGale has since admitted to underestimating the Mexican.
He won’t underestimate Jack and professes to be in the best shape of his life.
Floyd Mayweather’s protégé only managed a draw with Bute last time out although he has managed a victory over George Groves, the only man to date to get the better of DeGale.
His chin has let him down before, however, and badly. His first round TKO defeat at the hands of Derek Edwards back in 2014 will give “Chunky” hope of earning the 15th stoppage win of his career to date.
DeGale’s slippery work should prove too much and while he won’t blast Jack out of the ring, a late stoppage isn’t beyond the realms of possibility.
The chief support sees Mayweather’s other hope, Gervonta “Tank” Davis challenge Jose “Sniper” Pedraza for his IBF title.
Bout Betting: Pedraza 10/11, Draw 20/1, Davis 10/11
Their nicknames make this sound like a battle in war and Davis will certainly be hoping to make it that way.
“Tank” has beaten 15 of his 16 victims by way of knockout and will see stopping Pedraza early as his best chance.
Expect the speed of Davis to cause early problems and he could provide an upset. If it goes late the better experience and knowhow of Pedraza should shine through.
We’re expecting an action packed night of boxing though and the 7/4 on Davis producing a knockout is the second part of this double.