James Degale Vs Dyah Davis – 16th November 2013

Location – Glow, Bluewater, Kent, UK 

WBC Silver super middleweight title

2008 Olympic Gold Medalist James Degale goes in against an experienced Dyah Davis (son of former 1976 Olympic gold Medalist Howard Davis) in what i believe could be an intriguing match up and one that could be more competitive than expected.

Davis has competed with and beaten some tough and decent opposition since turning pro in 2004 and i dont expect Degale to steam his way through this fight, Davis is very good defensively, he is not the most active fighter in the ring at times, but can show aggression and good counter punching ability, Davis also has a good jab with decent range that can allow him to dictate the fight.

Degale is a slick southpaw with good hand speed and is a good crisp combination puncher, he is clearly the more skilled of the two fighters and you would expect him to be able to outbox the slower but heavier Davis for periods of the fight.

However if Davis can get in close and be aggressive he may give Degale something to think about and this could be a competitive fight albeit one i still expect Degale to win.

Degale has been guilty of making mistakes and while Davis isnt a devastating puncher, i dont believe Degale is either and while both can stop via accumulation i can see this one going the distance.

Degale is 7/4 to win by decision which looks a reasonable price, Davis is 6/1 with most mainstream bookmakers to just win outright. However Pinnacle have Davis at 9/1 which i think is a huge price especially as also with Pinnacle you are covered on the draw and all draw’s are void with Pinnacle.

I think the two prices above make for a good straddle bet, obviously the risk is Degale stops Davis which could certainly happen but i think Davis is live in this one and i wouldnt rule out an upset but for me Degale on a competitive but wide enough points decision.

ATR’s Bets –

£20 on Degale by Decision 7/4 Bet365 >> http://bit.ly/12MU4iL
£10 on Davis any method 9/1 Pinnacle >> http://bit.ly/13XAQ51

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