Marching on Together – Warrington, Braehmer, Murray – Previews and Predictions

Boxing returns after a quiet few weeks during the summer break, we are now set for some great action most weekends, right through till the Christmas period. Sky Sports gets the period under way with Matchroom boxing promotions ‘Marching on Together’, which features Josh Warrington headlining against Australia’s Joel Brunker for the commonwealth featherweight title.

Also featuring on the card is Tony Bellew, Martin Murray and Kal Yafia, The show also switches over to Germany to see Juergen Braehmer defend his WBA world light heavyweight title against Konni Konrad.

Here is your preview and prediction for each bout along with our betting recommendations.

Josh Warrington Vs Joel Brunker

Josh Warrington takes on Aussie Joel Brunker for the commonwealth featherweight title as Warrington looks to continue his journey towards a world title shot. Brunker is not new to the UK shores, 11 months ago he was systematically beaten and stopped over 9 rounds by Lee Selby, Selby has since gone on to be crowned IBF featherweight world champion.

It’s clear the plan by Warrington’s promoter Eddie Hearn and Matchroom boxing is to lay down a marker against Warrington’s stable mate in the hope to sell that fight down the line, if Warrington can also stop Brunker in style than suddenly that fight may appeal. Brunker was made to look very one dimensional and limited against the classy Selby.

However it is clear to me that Warrington currently is some levels short of Selby, at 24 however their is still plenty of time to progress and Brunker should provide a good test for Warrington and a good insight in relation to where Warrington is on his journey to world level.

Warrington is an unbeaten 21-0-0 fighter but his record will tell you he is still an inexperienced championship bout fighter, his record will also tell you he isn’t a big puncher either with just 4 stoppages in 21 contests, however in fairness to Warrington it is worth pointing out over half of his contests to date have been 4 and 6 round contests.

Warrington has stopped 2 of his last 3 opponents but was underwhelming in his last fight with Denis Tubieron, an opponent you could easily argue Warrington should be putting away with 12 rounds to play with, a lack of punching power was certainly apparent in that fight, Warrington landed at will at times in the contest, Tubieron however soaked it up and came back with counters of his own in a competitive fight.

I think this fight could be a very competitive, Brunker is perhaps better than Selby made him look, he is certainly game enough and I can see the two styles of Warrington and Brunker gelling nicely for an entertaining contest. Two come forward fighters who look for work.

Warrington is the quicker and perhaps busier of the two fighters but Brunker should make him work for every round and will put Warrington on the back foot and should ask plenty of questions.

There is no question a Warrington points victory looks the most likely outcome here, however I can see plenty of leather landed in this fight, the two styles coming together could present us with a war of attrition. A stoppage can’t be completely ruled out.

I also believe Joel Brunker is a live opponent, who is capable of springing a surprise upset. It is a difficult fight to bet as you can’t get anything above evens on a Warrington decision I find it difficult to find value in that.

Warrington is 11/4 to get the stoppage at Paddy Power, while Brunker is a very generous 59/10 just to win down at Marathon Bet, straddling the two outcomes could be profitable, I certainly like the odds offered and believe there is some value in this play.

PREDICTION: WARRINGTON UD 

BETTING: £10 on Warrington by KO/TKO 11/4 Paddy Power, £10 on Brunker 59/10 Marathon Bet. 

Martin Murray Vs Jose Miguel Torres 

Martin Murray continues his journey at Super Middleweight in what has been a busy three months for the newly signed Matchroom fighter, this will be his third outing for matchroom boxing since signing in June.

Torres will certainly be Murray’s toughest test to date at his new weight, but that isn’t really making a big statement given the level of opposition he has faced in his last two outings, however so far Murray has looked good and comfortable at the higher weight.

Torres actually started his career as a super lightweight and has moved up the weights as his career has progressed, he has a reputation for being a big puncher with a 73% KO ratio but will be fighting at his highest ever weight this weekend, and his opposition record is somewhat soft. given those factors his knockout ratio may not be quite as intimidating as at first glance.

In 37 contests Torres has 6 defeats, his only stoppage loss came to David Lemieux who is probably the biggest puncher in the middleweight division minus Gennady Golovkin. Torres was stopped in the 7th round by Lemieux.

Torres shouldn’t cause Murray any issues this weekend and with 12 rounds to play with Murray should be able to get Torres out of there along the way, however he may take some breaking down.

I am looking for Murray to outclass Torres and force the stoppage somewhere around the 8th round, you can get 4/6 on a Murray KO/TKO victory, I think that is a playable price.

PREDICTION: MURRAY TKO8 

BETTING TIP: £30 on Murray by KO/TKO 4/6 Betfred. 

Juergen Braehmer Vs Konni Konrad 

Germany’s Juergen Braehmer defends his WBA World light heavyweight title against Montenegro’s Konni Konrad in Germany this weekend, to reiterate this bout will be shown on the sky sports Marching on Together show.

Braehmer was an accomplished amateur winning 95 out of 100 contests in the amateur circuit, beating both Ricky Hatton and Carl Froch, as a professional he is the former WBO light heavyweight champion and current WBA world light weight champion, however Sergey Kovalev is the true champion of the WBA light heavyweight division as their super champion.

I will be honest I didn’t know too much about Konni Konrad before this bout was made, his record states he has beaten no one worthy of his place fighting for a world title, even for a secondary version of one. This will likely by Konrad’s one and only chance of obtaining a world title belt.

Konrad is certainly game enough and I believe he will come to fight, he is an aggressive brawler type fighter who fights in spurts and throws sudden explosive combinations, he can use his jab as a decoy to good effect but overall he is vastly technically inferior compared to Braehmar.

Braehmar is technically efficient, patient and an excellent counter puncher with plenty of dig in his left hand and should have far too much for the over matched Konrad this weekend. Braehmar should be able to find plenty of openings to exploit, and I fully expect him to find the stoppage.

Sky Bet have the fight to go under 9 rounds at evens, I would say that is a good price and worth playing, Braehmer should have has man out of their around the middle rounds.

PREDICTION: BRAEHMER TKO7

BETTING TIP: £25 on the fight to go under 9 rounds at evens Sky Bet 

Tony Bellew and Kal Yafia both feature on the card in showcase type fights against soft opposition, Bellew will fight Latvian Arturs Kulikauskis in an 8 rounder, Kulikauskis actually has a losing record at 16-26-5, Bellew is a 1/750 favourite to win this fight at paddy power which will give you some indication on how competitive this fight should be.

Yafia will face off against Nicaraguan Aron Juarez who has a record of 6-2-0 in another 8 rounder, Yafia himself is a 1/100 favourite, both Yafia and Bellew should be able to find stoppage wins by the half way points against their vastly over matched opponents. However both fights are unplayable due to the ridiculously short odds and lack of markets currently available at time of write up.