Boxnation WWIII – Flanagan Vs Magdaleno, Smith Vs Thompson, Markham Vs Blackledge – Previews and Predictions

A very good card on Boxnation this Saturday night as Terry Flanagan looks to retain his WBO lightweight world title against American Diego Magdaleno, while Liam Smith looks to become the first Smith brother to hold a world title as he faces another American John Thompson for the vacant WBO world super welterweight title.

Also on the undercard a solid 50/50 type domestic encounters between Luke Blackledge and Lee Markhan, Thomas Stalker Vs Craig Evans and Adrian Gonzalez Vs John Kays.

India’s Olympic bronze medallist and bollywood star Vijender Singh also makes his Boxnation debut, Ryan Burnett and Jack Catterall amongst others featured on the card.

Terry Flanagan Vs Diego Magdaleno

A tough first defence for Flanagan sees him go up against Mexican-American Diego Magdaleno, Flanagan was crowned WBO World lightweight champion back in July when his opponent Jose Zepeda was unfortunate enough to dislocate his shoulder in the second round.

Therefore Flanagan will be looking to make a statement and retaining the title in a more legitimate fashion, Magdaleno is certainly a legitimate opponent and if Flanagan wins this weekend, Flanagan should get credit for an excellent win against a tough opponent.

Magdaleno like Flanagan has moved up from super featherweight in the last couple of years, and has a failed world title challenge at that weight, losing by split decision against the tough Puerto Rican Rocky Martinez, there is no shame in that.

Magdaleno is of a stocky build and Flanagan will have height and reach advantage in his one, but Magdaleno a southpaw like Flanagan is a patient fighter who throws from awkward angles, he counters and times his shots well and is perhaps a little heavier handed than his record 41% KO percentage suggests, this is a dangerous fight for Flanagan.

Flanagan is the better technician with the neater tidier boxing skills to his opponent, Flanagan also has a better work rate which should see him have some success, particularly early on in the fight.

It is a tough fight to call I can see various scenarios occurring, its likely to go the distance but its not a fight you want to completely rule out a stoppage either end, I think most likely we will see Flanagan etch out a close decision win, in a competitive fight.

I don’t see much value in backing a Flanagan decision at around the evens mark so I am going to keep stakes small and pair up a double with the Liam Smith vs John Thompson bout, ill also by having a flyer on the draw in this one also.

PREDICTION: FLANAGAN SD 

BETTING TIP: DOUBLE – £10 on Flanagan by decision & Smith Vs Thompson under 8 rounds, 9/2 at Sky Bet, £5 on the draw at 22/1 Sky Bet

Liam Smith Vs John Thompson

Liam Smith looks to become the first of the four smith brothers to become a world champion, he probably won’t have a better chance than this against a capable but very beatable John Thompson.

Smith has the bullish inside game where he mixes up his punches so well, and is so strong there, if he can make it that kind of fight, get inside on Thompson and cut of the ring, there will be only one winner in this contest this weekend, and that is Liam Smith.

Thompson will be better suited fighting long in this fight, he has good reach and good movement, if he can keep the fight long he stands a chance of frustrating Smith, however from what I have seen of Thompson he may find that tougher than it sounds.

Thompson is probably most famous for being pole axed by Frank Galarza in 2 rounds last year, but to his credit came back to win ESPN’s Boxcino tournament, stopping Brandon Adams inside 2 rounds in the final back in May of this year.

However I think Thompson can be unraveled with pressure and his technique is very raw, I can’t help but think he may be a level or 2 below a guy like Smith, but at the same time I think he has enough about him to be capable of winning if Smith takes his eye of the ball this weekend.

It is another tough fight to bet on as you can’t really rule out any scenario completely, If Smith really brings his best inside game I can see him stopping Thompson and with so much at stake I think that is the most likely scenario.

PREDICTION: SMITH TKO 5 

BETTING TIP: DOUBLE – £10 on Flanagan by decision & Smith Vs Thompson under 8 rounds, 9/2 Sky Bet 

Luke Blackledge Vs Lee Markham

A good match up for the commonwealth super middleweight this one in what is a 50/50 contest, Luke Blackledge has put together a decent run of 5 wins since being stopped by Rocky Fielding in the 1st round in 2013, including capturing the commonwealth title against Liam Cameron in his last outing.

Lee Markham proved he is underrated by battling to a hard earned draw against Frank Buglioni in his last outing, and is the slight underdog at 13/10.

I think this will be a close fight but I do favour Markham who I tipped at 11/2 against Buglioni, he is an underrated fighter who seems to be improving and at 13/10 is well worth a play.

Make sure you make the play at Bet365 as you are covered for a refund in the event a draw occurs.

PREDICTION: MARKHAM UD 

BETTING TIP: £20 on Markham to win 13/10 Bet365