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Boxing heads to England this weekend, where Wembley Arena in London will be lit up with 11 top class boxing bouts.
Three of these boxing matches will be for titles, with the headline fight seeing the WBC, WBO and IBF World Light Heavyweight title going on the line. This match, which will be fought between Russia’s Artur Beterbiev and England’s Anthony Yarde, will be preceded by two other title fights, with Artem Dalakian and David Jimenez fighting for the WBA World Flyweight title and Willy Hutchinson stepping into the ring against Emil Markic for the WBO Inter Continental Light Heavy Weight title.
We look at an overview of the best boxing matches coming up this weekend, ahead of our specific betting previews for each of these fights.
Artur Beterbiev vs Anthony Yarde
The headline fight in London on the weekend will see a fascinating contest between a visiting boxer who is the incumbent champion and favourite in the betting odds, and a home hero is the underdog.
Artur Beterbiev should be able to defend his titles here against Anthony Yarde, but the fact that Yarde is fighting in this own backyard in the biggest match of his life will add an interesting variable. Yarde has a record of 23-2-0 having lost twice in his last seven fights, prior to which he was unbeaten. The 31-year-old will know that a loss here will see him out of title contention, while a win would rocket him to glory.
Russia’s Beterbiev, on the other hand, has never tasted defeat. The light heavyweight is getting a bit longer in the tooth however, and at 38 years of age is not moving how he used to. Despite this, he’s still got a 100% knockout rate across his 18 professional fights, so expect this to be an exciting clash.
Artem Dalakian vs David Jimenez
Fighting in the penultimate fight of the evening, Artem Dalakian and David Jimenez will contest the WBA World Flyweight title.
Ukraine’s Dalakian is the incumbent champion, and steps into the ring with an unbeaten 21-0-0 record. However, he’ll be up against another unbeaten man, with Costa Rica’s Jimenez also never suffering a loss across his 12 professional fights. Expect this to be an incredibly tight contest, with Dalakian holding the slight advantage in experience and crowd support, despite Jimenez being the younger and potentially more hungry fighter.
Willy Hutchinson vs Emil Markic
Warming up the ring for Dalakin and Jimenez will be light heavyweight’s Willy Hutchinson and Emil Markic.
These two boxers will contest the WBO Inter Continental Light Heavy Weight title, fighting in the same division as the main event fight in London. Both men bring very different background into this clash—Hutchinson will be the crowd favourite hailing from Scotland, and is only 24 years of age, very young for a light heavyweight. The Scot has 16 professional fights to his name, with his first loss coming in 2021 at the hands of Lennox Clarke. Markic, on the other hand, is 15 years older, and has a professional record of 32-3-0. The Croatian will be looking to leverage all of his experience to go out with a bang and defeat his more junior opponent.
Look out for our betting previews for each of these three fights, as our experts offer up the best wagers to make on these bouts ahead of the weekend.