As far as trash talking goes ahead of a big fight, the build up to David Haye’s grudge clash with Tony Bellew has topped the lot.
After months of bad-mouthing each other the two finally go head to head in London’s O2 Arena this Saturday night to settle their bitter feud.
As ever with these mouth-watering match ups, a juicy looking undercard has been assembled and Betfred’s boxing blogger Gary “Mystic” Maiden has put together a hard hitting 8/1 treble.
A near impossible task for Fred to price this one up. Haye hasn’t been in a competitive bout in five years and Bellew has never fought at heavyweight before.
So what is it that makes Haye such an overwhelming 1/6 favourite?
Well, simply put, he was formerly one of the most destructive fighters on the planet as he swept aside everyone in his path to unify the Cruiserweight division before claiming the WBA World Heavyweight title.
If that David Haye turns up then it is hard to make a case for “Bomber” lasting any long than a handful of rounds. He is simply too quick, too agile and much too powerful.
However, after reconstructive shoulder surgery, there are no guarantees that the “Hayemaker” can still perform at this level, and Bellew will pounce at the first sight of any chink is Haye’s armour.
One thing is for sure, the animosity between these pair is genuine and both will be come out swinging straight from the bell.
Who wins? It’s difficult to say, but a KO being registered either way before the fifth is hard to argue against. 4/6 is a smart price here.
Another build up that has seen its fair share of choice words exchanged. You do get the feeling that a lot of the tension here is tongue in cheek, although Mathews insists that Davies hasn’t beat anyone who “fights back” yet.
The Liverpudlian is well into the twilight years of his career and is coming off the back of two defeats, including a crushing fourth round humbling at the hands of Luke Campbell.
Davies, on the other hand, has a perfect 14-0 record and will see a packed O2 Arena as the perfect stage to showcase his blossoming talents.
The Hackney born fighter won seven on the spin inside the distance before being taken to the final bell last time out in his first 12 round contest against Andrea Scarpa.
He has proven he can last the pace, and should have too much for Mathews down the stretch as he looks to stop him late on.
Another case of the young, hungry boxer coming up against a seasoned pro in the final few fights of his career.
Malignaggi has been a world champion at Welterweight and has been involved in some huge fight nights against world class opposition such as Ricky Hatton, Shawn Porter, Amir Khan and Danny Garcia.
On the flipside, Eggington set out in the sport to make money as a journeyman and provide elite level prospects with a workout – nothing more.
Fast forward a mere four-and-a-half years ago, and “The Savage” holds the WBC International Welterweight title.
It is that heart and burning desire that may prove too much for his 36-year-old opponent, who is already plotting a career outside of the ring with his numerous commentary gigs.
The Midlands man is huge value at 9/4 to register his third stoppage in a row.
This is sure to be a night of big punching an early knockouts, and this 8/1 treble should make it all the more exciting.