McDonnell Vs Kameda II & Dirrell Vs Rubio – Preview and Predictions

Boxing fans are in for a rare Sunday night treat as the Premier Boxing Champions platform puts on a double header of boxing which will also be aired in the UK on Sky Sports at 9pm on Sunday night.

Tomoki Kameda will look to avenge the only professional loss of his career and capture Jamie McDonnell’s WBA World Bantamweight strap, while Anthony Dirrell returns following his loss to Badou Jack, he will face Mexican Veteran Marco Antonio Rubio.

Here is your preview, prediction and betting recommendation for each bout.

Jamie McDonnell Vs Tomoki Kameda 

Tomoki Kameda will be given the opportunity to avenge his first and only career loss against Jamie McDonnell this weekend, The 24 year old was on the wrong end of a controversial decision in Texas in May as Jamie McDonnell was announced winner via a razor thin unanimous decision of 114-113 on all 3 judges scorecards, a verdict that was met with boo’s by the Texas crowd.

Jamie McDonnell is sure to pick up a bigger pay packet this time round as he travels back to Texas to defend his WBA strap once again, this may well be McDonnell’s last fight at Bantamweight having expressed a desire to move up to Super Bantamweight to face Scott Quigg.

There was no question that the last time these two met it was close and the decision could have gone either way, there is little to indicate it won’t be close again. Kameda did however manage to put McDonnell on the canvass in the 3rd round and he will be looking to go one better this time around.

It is probably fair to say McDonnell surprised a few people last time around, as a significant underdog McDonnell put in a steely performance full of heart and grit coupled with a versatile boxing display that saw him mix it up with Kameda and frustrate the then unbeaten champion.

Kameda has quite an unorthodox style, fast hands and plenty of pop in the right hand, he is a very good fighter who at the age of 24 should only get better, however he will clearly need to better his last performance if he is too win this fight convincingly, this time leaving no doubt.

The bookmakers now have this as pretty much a 50/50 fight with McDonnell at 5/4 and Kameda at 4/5, I’ll admit I have struggled with this pick but having watched the fight again I think McDonnell can repeat his feat and beat Kameda again, if he uses his jab and controls the range he can really frustrate Kameda, and all the pressure is on his opponent this weekend.

McDonnell is 7/4 to win on points I think it’s worth a play with some on the draw, I am confident this should be a close fight again.

PREDICTION: MCDONNELL UD 

BETTING TIP: £20 on McDonnell points 7/4 Ladbrokes, £5 on the draw 20/1 Ladbrokes. 

Anthony Dirrell Vs Marco Antonio Rubio 

Anthony Dirrell faces Mexican veteran Marco Antonio Rubio as he looks to make a statement that he is still a legitimate contender after a poor performance against Badou Jack that saw him drop his WBC super middleweight title via a majority decision.

It is hard to discredit Dirrell too much despite his sometimes cocky trash talking, the man beat cancer and over came a hefty motor bike accident to become a world champion between the ropes, that takes some strength and will.

However against Jack his sometimes overly patient style and low output cost him dearly as he was out hussled and out worked for the WBC championship of the world, he not only needs to beat Rubio but he needs to look good in doing so, with a 76% knockout ration he certainly has the power to get his man out of there this weekend.

Rubio at 35 years, 67 professional contests, 319 rounds of boxing in a career that has spanned 16 years can be forgiven if his tools have slightly faded over the years, he was chopped down be Gennady Golovkin inside 2 rounds in his last outing, but then again most of triple G’s opponents have suffered similar fates.

He will be moving up a weight, which may come as a relief as I believe he was struggling to make weight at middleweight, however he will certainly be giving away a significant height and reach advantage against his opponent this weekend.

This is clearly a match up made to give Dirrell the opportunity to make himself relevant again, but depending on what Rubio has left I actually think this match up could be more competitive than most expect it to be.

I fully expect a Dirrell victory most likely on points but I think it could be closer than many expect it to be, Marathon Bet have Rubio priced up at 8/1 where the rest of the market have Rubio at around 11/2, for me its worth a punt at value, but I must stress it is purely value play in which I am prepared to take a loss to take a stab at such big rewards.

The way to beat Dirrell is by pressure and a very high output I am not sure Rubio will offer enough of it but I expect him to do far better than a 8/1 shot.

I think Dirrell will probably take this on cards around the 97-93 mark.

PREDICTION: DIRRELL UD 

BETTING TIPS: £10 on Rubio to win 8/1 Marathon Bet.