Previews and Predictions: Wilder Vs Molina, Walters Vs Marriaga, Redkach Vs Zlaticanin, Haskins Vs Iwasa

At first glance it looks like a fairly low profile weekend in terms of high profile bouts that may capture imaginations outside of the more hardcore boxing fans, however if you look closer, there are potentially some cracking match ups on offer this weekend.

Walters Vs Marriaga and Redkach Vs Zlaticanin are two bouts I am really looking forward too, both could end up being really entertaining fights. Also Deontay Wilder makes first defence of his WBC Heavyweight crown and Lee Haskins fights for the IBF world bantamweight interim title.

Here is a short preview and prediction for all four bouts.

Deontay Wilder Vs Eric Molina 

Wilder makes the first defence of his WBC Heavyweight world title in a homecoming bout in his native Alabama and all honesty its a really disappointing match up against Eric Molina who shouldn’t cause Wilder any problems.

This should be a formality win for Wilder who will be looking for a devastating knockout victory in front of his home town crowd, and it is almost certain he will get it, it is just a case of what round.

Wilder is just 3/10 to win in rounds 1-3, evidence of how competitive the bookmakers feel this fight is. To get any value at all in this fight the best bet to take is Wilder to win in rounds 4-6 at 4/1 and that is where my money is going this weekend.


BETTING TIP – £10 on Wilder rounds 4-6 4/1 Ladbrokes 

Lee Haskins Vs Ryosuke Iwasa 

Haskins will fight for the IBF world bantamweight interim title live on channel 5 this weekend, he will face Japan’s Ryosuke Iwasa who will travel outside of Japan for the first time in his career.

Iwasa at only 25 years old has a very credible record and is a very capable fighter with plenty of pop. Iwasa is a national champion in Japan and his only loss, a 10th round stoppage to Shinsuke Yamanaka, the current WBC world champion.

Lee Haskins will have home advantage in Bristol and the realisation that this is his big chance has hinted at retirement if he loses this fight, and that is a real possibility against Iwasa who looks like a dangerous puncher.

However for me Haskins has underrated skills and a free flowing style that should do well against the former Japanese champion. I am expecting Haskins to come through a hard 12 rounds to get a decision in a competitive fight.

However in terms of betting the fight 6/4 for a Haskins decision best price is a too short for my liking. I think there is some value in the 3/1 being offered up at Paddy Power for a Iwasa KO/TKO victory, Haskins can be vulnerable defensively.


BETTING TIP – £1o on Iwasa by KO/TKO 3/1 Paddy Power

Nicholas Walters Vs Miguel Marriaga 

For me this fight has potential to be a belter for as long as it lasts, while I am a fan of Walters I didn’t really know as much of Marriaga but from what I have seen going through his past fights, I tell you what,  we have fight on our hands here!

Marriaga looks extremely impressive and capable to me and I think this could turn out to be a very competitive match. Marriaga is a smart fighter with a lethal left hook, we know all about Walters power but I think Marriaga has enough power to end this fight if he can land also.

I think Marriaga has the tools to cause an upset here, Walters has failed to make weight and has lost his title on the scales already, it may effect him both physically and mentally. In my opinion 6/1 on Marriaga looks extremely good value as a long shot underdog pick.

Of course Walters is an exceptional talent and world class operator with devastating power, he could easily make a pick like this look very silly. However I can only call it as I see it, from what I see of Marriaga, he is a very impressive, intelligent fighter and this could be a tougher assignment than the odds suggest for Walters.

Also Marriaga holds a win over Walters in the amateurs, while the professional ranks is a very different ball game it still should give Marriaga some belief going into this fight.

I am backing Marriaga at a very good price of 6/1 this weekend.


BETTING TIP –  £20 on Marriaga to win 6/1 Sky Bet

Ivan Redkach Vs Dejan Zlaticanin

Another match up that has real potential for excitement this weekend, too undefeated fighters looking to close in on a world title shot, both excellent fighters.

Most UK fans will remember the Montenegrin Zlaticanin from his upset win against Ricky Burns while Redkach has been doing his thing stateside fighting out of Los Angeles. Zlaticanin brings relentless pressure while Redkach is the more crisp technical boxer.

For me this is a 50/50 fight, Redkach has the more solid rounded foundations but Zlaticanin brings an intelligent, unpredictable type of pressure that can make it a very uncomfortable night

One thing I have noticed in Redkach’s fights, if you put it on him he doesn’t always handle pressure well backed up and for that reason I think the underdog Zlaticanin has a good chance of the upset. Zlaticanin is a fast starter and if he can put it on Redkach early I think he will have success.

Redkach has decent power and is a very good boxer with decent defensive acumen so I am certainly not writing him off, however Zlaticanin looks good value at 15/8 to me.


BETTING TIP – £20 on Zlaticanin to win 15/8 paddy power (cover with £1 on the draw at 22/1)