Sky Sports – Eggington Vs Skeete & Yafai Vs Jenkinson – Previews & Predictions

In a fairly low key weekend in comparison to the hype of Frampton Vs Quigg last weekend we see an array of British prospects lace the gloves. Sam Eggington defends his British and Commonwealth welterweight titles in a tricky match up against Bradley Skeete.

The Yafai brothers are both in action, Khalid will fight for the WBA inter-continental super flyweight title against Dixon Flores, while his brother Gamal takes a step up in class as he looks to rip Bobby Jenkinson’s commonwealth super bantamweight title from his grasp.

Robbie Davis Jr is also in action against Jarkko Putkonen.

Sam Eggington Vs Bradley Skeete 

This is an intriguing match up, two very talented British prospects in what is very much a 50/50 fight, the bookmakers can barely split them with Eggington around the 5/6 slight favourite mark with Skeete being had at 11/8. I would say that is a fair reflection on the fight.

Eggington who once asked his manager to make him a journeyman so he didn’t have to put any work into him has had a fantastic couple of years and has pretty much exceeded even his own expectations, but the truth is, Sam Eggington technically can really box and has an exciting style with some pop to boot, at just 22 years of age and with the right dedication Eggington has a bright future ahead.

Eggington had to climb off the canvass in his last outing against Dale Evans to claim a unanimous victory, however can probably be forgiven on the fact Dale Evans is a very capable fighter and Eggington had had a very busy 2015 involving four fights and by his own omission post fight, needed a break.

Skeete is a very technical boxer who likes to box long, he has a very good ring IQ with a great defence and is very awkward to get to. His style isn’t always pleasing on the eye to those who want to see an all action, guns blazing affair but if you appreciate the technical side of the sport then you have to appreciate Bradley Skeete.

I see this as a very close fight, I can see Skeete picking off Eggington in the early goings as Eggington tries to come forward and land shots, if Skeete has built a good lead on the cards by the half way point then it really will not surprise me.

However I think Eggington has a really good engine and will push the action until the final bell and I can see him having a better second half as he starts to close the distance. It could be a fight of two halves, either way I expect this to be a close contest that goes the distance.

To be honest I really can’t pick this one, I see a close fight on the cards either way, It wouldn’t surprise me if this is a very subjective fight to score, I can see some people liking Eggington and some Skeete, there could be a split decision in this one.

I don’t recommend betting this fight as I believe it is too close, 11/8 on Skeete might be a better bet than 5/6 on Eggington, but it really is a tough one to call.

The fight to go the distance at 4/9 is probably the play but Eggington has pop so there isn’t enough in it for me, I am sitting this one out but I will go for a ‘not very confident’ Eggington split decision as my prediction.


BETTING TIP: None recommended

Gamal Yafai Vs Bobby Jenkinson 

Gamal Yafai is clearly a talented individual but hasn’t always impressed in his professional career to date, he is a taking a step up here against Bobby Jenkinson who I felt showed incredible guts and will to win to break Lewis Pettitt’s heart to win the commonwealth belt in his last outing.

Jenkison also showed he has plenty of tools at his disposal and I don’t think he is a walk in the park for Gamal Yafai this weekend, as the odds may suggest.

Jenkinson can be had at 6/1 I would say there is plenty of value to be had in that price and its worth a play, I think Jenkinson may be able to tough it out with Yafai and make this a much closer contest than people expect.


BETTING TIP: £10 on Bobby Jenkinson to win 6/1 Bet365