Sky Sports – The Undercard – Previews and Predictions

In a bumper night of boxing on Sky Sports Box Office, Kevin Mitchell, Luke Campbell and Tony Bellew all feature on the undercard to Anthony Joshua Vs Dillian Whyte.

Kevin Mitchell faces a dangerous opponent in unbeaten, big punching Venezuelan Ismael Barroso, Olympic gold medallist Luke Campbell faces the experienced Yvan Mendy while Tony Bellew faces a tough test in Poland’s Mateusz Masternak.

Here is our preview, prediction and recommended bets for each of those bouts.

Kevin Mitchell Vs Ismael Barroso

After falling short in his attempt to win the WBC world lightweight title in his last outing against Jorge Linares, Kevin Mitchell looks to get back on track by winning the WBA interim belt which could set up a very tasty domestic clash with Anthony Crolla in 2016, Crolla currently holds the WBA world lightweight title.

Mitchell was stopped by Linares in the 10th round back in May after suffering a bad cut above his left eye, but put in an excellent performance worthy of a world champion and was ahead on the cards at time of stoppage, however was beginning to struggle late on as Linares came on strong. He may have lost that night but he won the hearts of many a British boxing fan.

Barroso is a dangerous opponent for Mitchell’s next fight, he is unbeaten, physically strong and powerful and can really bang, it’s hard to gage exactly how good this guy is against the opposition he has faced but his punching power looks legitimate and coupled with some technical ability this man looks dangerous and very capable of pulling off an upset.

However make no mistake Kevin Mitchell represents a huge step up in class to the opposition Barroso has faced to date and Mitchell has faced said dangerous opponents before, fighters like Breidis Prescott and Daniel Estrada and schooled them, a similar type of performance from Mitchell this weekend could and should be enough to beat a guy like Barroso, Mitchell simply has the superior skill-set here.

The concern for me is the raw strength and power Barroso looks to possess, if Mitchell makes mistakes he could pay the price in this fight, he needs to use his superior speed and movement and of course Mitchell has the power to hurt Barroso also.

I think we are going to see a stoppage in this fight, I think providing Mitchell sticks to his boxing and uses all his advantages I believe he can stop Barroso, however will not be shocked in the slightest if Mitchell falls victim to another stoppage loss at the hands of a Venezuelan puncher.

I think the best bet in this fight is to take the 10th round and under market at 11/10 being offered by Sky Bet.

PREDICTION: MITCHELL TKO8

BETTING TIP: £20 on 10th round or under 11/10 Sky Bet

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Luke Campbell Vs Yvan Mendy

Luke Campbell looks to advance further towards a world title shot as he takes on an experienced opponent in Yvan Mendy, despite only turning professional 2 years ago following his Olympic triumph, Campbell is 28 years of age and doesn’t have years and years to progress in the professional ranks.

So far Campbell has adapted to the professional game well, stopping 10 out of 12 opponents and earlier this year dispatched Tommy Coyle in 10 rounds in his toughest test to date, Yvan Mendy probably doesn’t represent quite the dangers of Coyle but he is experienced, capable, has mixed it with some top tier opposition and never been stopped in 37 professional fights.

Mendy while he doesn’t excel in any particular area is a solid all round fighter with a good defence, I think if Campbell can stop Mendy it’s a good statement to make.

I think this will either be a shut out type decision win for Campbell or a late stoppage after breaking Mendy down over a few rounds, I don’t expect this to the most thrilling fight of the night to be honest.

Sky Bet have Campbell to win in rounds 7-12 at a standout price of 9/4 I think that is playable but will not be surprised to see this one go the distance with a wide points victory for Campbell.

PREDICTION: CAMPBELL TKO10 

BETTING TIP: £20 on Campbell rounds 7-12 9/4 Sky Bet

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Tony Bellew Vs Mateusz Masternak

In what is one of the more interesting match ups of the night Tony Bellew continues his journey at cruiserweight and takes on Poland’s Mateusz Masternak for the vacant European cruiserweight belt.

Masternak has mixed it with good opposition in the cruiserweight division and is possibly a little underrated in this fight, Bellew is a very good fighter but yet to prove he is a world beater.

I think this fight could be a lot closer than many expect it to be, Masternak is a tough, strong fighter who will likely push Bellew on the back foot for periods, I expect Masternak to put in a good effort with his high work ethic and output.

I think Masternak will fall just short on the cards in this one, but I believe we could see a controversial type decision with different interpretations of the fight,  I believe at 7/2 Masternak is worth a value play and the 11/1 to win by decision, also worth a flyer.

PREDICTION: BELLEW SD

BETTING TIP: £10 on Masternak to win 7/2 Bet365, £5 on Masternak by decision 11/1 Bet365