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Carl Frampton v Tyler McCreary, 10 Rounds Featherweight, BT Sport – After almost a year out of the ring since his loss to Josh Warrington, Frampton (26-2) returns this weekend. He takes on a man very few would know or have heard off, Tyler McCreary (16-0-1) in Las Vegas. Frampton was supposed to fight in August against Emmanuel Dominguez but a bizarre injury forced him out, so he now has American McCreary. It’s a poor fight. McCreary has never boxed past 8 rounds, has 7 knockouts in 20 fights, and should pose absolutely no threat to the Jackal. This is a get well fight on the undercard of an American ESPN+ card, which really Frampton is better than. Where he goes after beating McCreary is more important than this fight. He could possibly face Jamel Herring for the WBO title next if he comes through here. He’s a massive 1/33 to win, with McCreary 9/1. Frampton needs to look good here if he wants that Herring fight. He’s struggled for knockouts the last few years, Luke Jackson aside, and to get one he’s 15/8. He’s 4/7 to win on the cards, but I feel he needs more than that here. He obviously doesn’t carry the same power at featherweight as he did at super-bantamweight, and isn’t getting any younger at 32 year old. I feel he might put McCreary down once or twice, but run out of rounds to get the stoppage. Frampton to win on points @ 4/7

Alexander Besputin v Radzhab Bataev, VACANT WBA WORLD WELTERWEIGHT TITLE, Sky Sports – The best fight of the weekend potentially. Besputin (13-0) takes on Bataev (12-0) for the vacant WBA world title. Besputin starts 8/13, with Bataev 6/5 so the bookies expect a close fight. Both men have had no 12 round experience, and Bataev has only had one scheduled 10 rounder, so that could play a factor here. Besputin has a couple of good wins on his record recently, with Juan Carlos Abreu and Alfredo Rodolfo Blanco easily beaten over 10 rounds. Bataev has no one close to the those two on his record, and considering his last opponents records were 34-14-2 and 31-24-0, he is taking the bigger step up in quality here by far. That’s not to say he’s not good enough, he’s only 25 and this could the fight that sets his carrer alight. I slightly favour Besputin however. He’s a tricky southpaw, but will the smaller man in the ring. I just feel the experience of rounds in the bank will carry him through. Both men have 9 KO’s each, but as mentioned earlier, they were against much inferior opposition, so I don’t expect this to end before the final bell. Besputin to win points @ 6/5

Joe Cordina v Mario Enrique Tinoco,  VACANT WBA CONTINENTAL SUPER-FEATHERWEIGHT TITLE, Sky Sports – Cordina (10-0) “should” have no problems with Tinoco (18-5-4) in Monte Carlo, but I bet Jordan Gill thought the same in May. The tough Mexican went to Nottingham and threw a spanner in the works, battering Gill into an 8th round submission when his corner pulled him out. Cordina starts 1/12 with Tinoco 6/1 which may be a bit unfair to the Mexican. If Cordina boxes well and sticks to the game plan, avoiding getting into anything too physical, he will win easily on points. I said the same for the Gill fight, and look how that ended. If Tinico can catch Cordina early and hurt him, it could be a long hard night, but I expect him to box well on the move, neutralise any sort of shots coming back at him, and win wide on the cards. Cordina to win on points @ 1/2  

Zolani Tete v John Riel Casimero, WBO WORLD BANTAMWEIGHT TITLE, BT Sport – Boxing South Africa’s 2018 fighter of the year Tete (28-3) defends his WBO world title in his first fight of 2019, taking on Casimero (28-4) of the Philippines. Tete is 4/11 outright, with Casimero 2/1. Very generous odds for Tete there. Since a 2017 loss to Jonas Sultan, Casimero has bounced back with 4 successive stoppage wins to get this title shot, and has been in with some very good fighters over the years at flyweight, but this is bantamweight, and Tete is a big bantamweight. Tete hasn’t actually faced a murderers row of opponents at the weight since moving up in 2016, but has soundly beaten everyone put in his way. Once Tete get settled here, Casimero should struggle to get past his long reach and stiff jabs, and unless he can land a massive shot to stop Tete or at least seriously hurt him, will likely lose a wide decision to the South African. 12 rounds here is 8/11 which could be a very decent bet. Tete to win on points @ 11/8

Sam Bowen v Anthony Cacace, BRITISH SUPER-FEATHERWEIGHT TITLE, BT Sport – Bowen (15-0) has been on a great run since the start of 2018. Stoppage wins over Maxi Hughes, Horacio Alfredo Cabral and Jordan McCorry have seen his reputation enhance tenfold. He defends this British title here against Cacace (17-1), who I can’t see having much hope in putting a stop to Bowens winning run. The odds are closer than I thought, Bowen is 2/7 with Cacace 5/2. Cacace has had one fight of note in his career, a close loss to Martin Joseph Ward in 2017. Bowen is going to be too big and powerful here, and will wear down Cacace with head and body shots until the referee has seen enough and steps in to halt the punishment. Bowen to win by KO @ 8/5

Chris Jenkins v Liam Taylor, BRITISH WELTERWEIGHT TITLE, BT Sport – Jenkins (22-3-2) defends against Taylor (21-1) in a fight that will either catch fire or be a dull affair. Jenkins starts 4/11 with Taylor 2/1. They say never judge boxers on their records against common opponents. Both men have had serious trouble with Tyrone Nurse. Jenkins has a draw and loss to him, while Taylor has loss and a win in 2018 against Nurse. There is little power between the two, so this should go 12 rounds unless Jenkins has more problems with cuts. 3 of his last 5 fights have ended early due to cuts over his eyes, and he was cut in both Nurse fights, so that’s a massive problem for the British champion here, and going forward. Jenkins has been put down a fair few times over the years, but I don’t think Taylor has the power to concern him. If Taylor can open up those cuts early, forcing Jenkins to have no option but to go for it, this could be an entertaining fight. But I think Jenkins has the experience and overall better talent to get the win on the cards. Jenkins to win on points @ 4/7

Lerrone Richards v Lennox Clarke, VACANT BRITISH SUPER-MIDDLEWEIGHT TITLE, BT Sport – Richards (12-0) looks to win the vacant British title against Clarke (19-0-1) on Saturday. Richards comes in on the back of a good, solid win over Tommy Langford in April, where he just about dominated for 12 rounds and won wide on the cards. Clarke hasn’t really fought anyone so far in his career, his last two fights against fighters with records of 8-68-2 and 5-60-1. That why the bookies have Richards a big 1/7 here, with Clarke 4/1. Richards will outbox Clarke from the get go here. Both have next to no power so this will go the distance surely. Richards to win on points @ 1/3

BNC’s Betting Corner – 29/11/2019