Sky Sports – Eggington Vs Evans and Macklin Vs Welborn – Preview and Predictions

Sam Eggington Vs Dale Evans

Rising prospect Sam Eggington was due to face Frankie Gavin in a ‘battle of the brums’ this weekend however due to a foot injury Gavin was forced to pull out and Eggington will now face late replacement, Dale Evans. Eggington’s British and commonwealth welterweight belts will be on the line.

Evans has actually handed Eggington a defeat before, in a welterweight Prizefighter tournament in 2013 when they were both very green novices in only their 4th and 5th professional bouts. That can most definitely be disregarded when sizing up this bout.

Both have progressed and improved since then, but it is the Birmingham man that has really shown himself to be an exceptional prospect that could be going places.

Eggington has an exciting fan friendly style, he can box with technical proficiency and ring smarts when needed but can also mix it up when he needs too. Eggington at 22 years old already has all the solid fundamentals and is one to look out for in the future, I think he could go on to compete at world level.

Evans is a decent fighter himself has a nice jab and overhand right that could cause Eggington issues, his offence is effective and he possibly has more power than his 21% KO ration suggests, he is coming in off the back of a good win against Adil Anwar after dropping Anwar 3 times in an 8 round decision victory.

For me though this is Eggington’s fight to lose and he should simply have too much for Evans,  I expect Eggington to prove he is now a couple of levels above Evans since they last met, and is on his way to bigger things.

I am backing Eggington to stop Evans around the middle rounds. Its a tough one to bet as Eggington by KO/TKO is just 4/11 so I am going to make a play on the within 7 rounds market at Ladbrokes, it could be tight by I am fairly happy with the price offered.

PREDICTION: EGGINGTON TKO7 

BETTING TIPS: £20 on the fight to end within 7 rounds 11/10 Ladbrokes 


Matthew Macklin Vs Jason Welborn

Matthew Macklin continues to try and rebuild his career following the crushing defeat at the hands of the underrated Jorge Sebastian Heiland, the Argentinian knocked out Macklin in the 10th round in 2014 and there were concerns that may be the end of the road for Macklin.

However Macklin has picked himself up and is coming off the back of two early stoppage wins, albeit against extremely soft opposition, he faces domestic fighter Jason Welborn for the WBC International super welterweight title.

Welborn has some good wins domestically but has fallen well short each time he has tried to step up beyond the domestic level, he has been stopped by both Frankie Gavin and Liam Smith.

This sport is about levels and while Macklin may not be the fighter he once was, with no disrespect meant, if he is struggling with a Jason Welborn then he really does have a problem.

I fully expect Macklin to stop Welborn this weekend, if not early on then by the middle rounds. Ladbrokes have the fight to end within 4 rounds at 5/2, its certainly more probable that it goes a little longer than that but 5/2 for me is a generous price that serves up some value.

PREDICTION: MACKLIN TKO4

BETTING TIP: £20 on the fight to end within 4 rounds 5/2 Ladbrokes