Terry Flanagan Vs Jose Zepeda + Undercards – Preview and Predictions

Terry Flanagan looks to become a world champion for the first time as he takes on unbeaten American Jose Zepeda for the vacant WBO world lightweight title at the Velodrome, Manchester. Also featuring on the undercard, Paul Butler, Liam Walsh and Jack Catteral. The card will be televised live on Boxnation from 7pm this Saturday night.

Here are your previews, predictions and betting tips for each bout.

Terry Flanagan Vs Jose Zepeda

This is an intriguing match up, Flanagan could just be the best lightweight in the country right now. Unbeaten in 27 fights as a professional Flanagan is technically proficient with an air of class about him, perhaps the only area Flanagan is lacking in is punch power, an area his opponent Jose Zepeda is certainly not lacking in.

Zepeda is a dangerous customer, also unbeaten, Zepeda has won 20 of his last 23 fights by stoppage, 8 of his last 9 opponents didn’t see the 4th round. While Zepeda does not have the technical skill set of Flanagan he certainly has the equaliser and comes forward aggressively looking to land with bad intentions.

If Flanagan is to win this fight he needs to ensure he gets through what is sure to be an early onslaught from Zepeda, if he gets through it and takes the fight into the later rounds he should be able to find his rhythm and outpoint the American, who is yet to go past 8 rounds.  That may be easier said then done.

A factor that may favour Flanagan is the fact Zepeda is dropping down a weight for this fight, so is embarking into unknown territory on the scales for the first time in his professional career.

PREDICTION – FLANAGAN UD 

I expect Flanagan to edge a competitive fight on the cards but there isn’t great value in it at 6/4 I think Zepeda is simply too dangerous and I certainly wouldn’t be surprised to see him score another stoppage win this weekend. He is 9/2 to to get a stoppage in rounds 1-6, I think that is ok for little tickle, but I won’t be betting big on this fight.

BETTING TIP – £10 Zepeda rounds 1-6 9/2 Ladbrokes


Paul Butler Vs Gustavo Molina 

Paul Butler returns to the ring for the first time since his world title defeat to Zolani Tete, a bout in which he was conclusively beaten by the solid South African by way of 8th round knock out.

This fight can be seen as no more than a confidence builder to ease his way back into the ring following such a demoralising defeat, his opponent Gustavo Molina should pose little threat. The Mexican is a domestic champion who holds a 19-6-0 record, this will be his first venture outside of Mexico.

With 4 of his 6 defeats coming by way of stoppage within the first 2 rounds, Gustavo has already shown he can by vulnerable so expect Butler to have his man out of there relatively early. Ladbrokes have Butler 1-5 at evens I say that is a very good price.

PREDICTION – BUTLER KO4 

BETTING TIP – £25 on Butler rounds 1-5 evens at Ladbrokes. 

Liam Walsh Vs Isaias Santos Sampaio

British and Commonwealth super featherweight champion Liam Walsh will face late replacement Isaias Santos Sampaio for the WBO – Inter-Continental lightweight title.

This should be extremely routine for Walsh who is facing a limited opponent, the Brazilian Sampaio has a record of 23-10-0 with 9 of his 10 losses coming by way of stoppage, with many early blow outs. He will be travelling outside of South America for only the 2nd time in his career.

Expect Walsh to dismantle the Brazilian inside 5 rounds, Bet365 have Walsh to win in rounds 1-3 at 2/1, it could be tight but the value can’t be denied.

PREDICTION – WALSH TKO2 

BETTING TIP – £20 Walsh rounds 1-3 2/1 Bet365

Jack Catteral Vs Gabriel Calfin 

Catteral defends his WBO inter-continental super lightweight against Argentinian Gabriel Calfin, its hard to gage how capable Calfin is as again he is another fighter who is fighting outside of his home comforts for the first time, from what I can see though Catteral possibly has the tougher assignment out of Butler and Walsh this weekend.

However I still fully expect him to stop the Argentinian this weekend, who already has 6 losses on the Argentinian domestic scene, Catteral is a level about that.

Currently there are no round grouping or over/under round markets for this bout and with Catteral currently as short as 1/18 for the stoppage, ill be giving this fight a miss in terms of betting it.

PREDICTION – CATTERAL TKO5