The Return Of The Mack – Sky Sports Card – Previews, Predictions & Betting Tips.


The Return Of The Mack

Sky Sports Card

Previews, Predictions & Betting Tips.

This weekend sees the return of Matthew Macklin as  Matchroom and Sky Sports are in Dublin to put on a boxing card that while not stacked with big names. could still turn out to be quite a tasty night of boxing.

Matthew Macklin will take on Argentinian Jorge Sebastian Heiland for the WBC International middleweight title, whilst Khalid Yafai takes on Everth Briceno for the IBF inter continental super flyweight title.

Also on the bill is a domestic dust up between Anthony Fitzgerald and Gary O’Sullivan, and also Anthony Crolla and Sam Eggington feature on the card.

Boxing: Gennady Golovkin vs Matthew Macklin

Matthew Macklin Vs Jorge Sebastian Heiland

Matthew Macklin looks to get his career back on track against the Argentinian after what has been a tough time for the Irish favourite, lacklustre performances in the ring against second tier opposition and then the shooting of his trainer Jamie Moore which saw the original August date postponed, has put question marks over Macklin’s career. 

He will not only need a win this weekend but also an eye catching performance to restore faith that he can still compete for a world title on the world stage, for me its a big ask and I get the feeling a bridge too far at this stage of Macklin’s career.

I think we may have seen the best of Macklin already after inspiring performances against Sergio Martinez and Felix Sturm has seen him just fall short of world honours. 

Heiland from what I can see will not be a push over either, he has a very unrefined and raw style to him and is certainly not the best technical fighter you will see, but at the same time he looks like he can be a very awkward customer with an aggressive and busy style with enough pop to have Macklin in trouble. This fight could turn out to be a bit of a war. 

I have to admit after watching Heiland I was surprised to see he was an 8/1 dog, I mean 4/1 perhaps but 8/1 almost looks to good to be true and it probably will be but from what I can see of the Argentinian it certainly wouldn’t surprise me to see him giving Macklin some serious issues this weekend. 

It is very much a stab at value but I feel the 8/1 has to be played as I see a competitive fight here for Macklin and he may have to overcome adversity to get the win. 

Prediction: Macklin by MD 

Boxing Tipster’s Bet: £20 on Jorge Sebastian Heiland 8/1 Betfair 


Khalid Yafai Vs Everth Briceno

Khalid Yafai will continue his journey towards world title honours against experienced and former world title contender Everth Briceno, Briceno is no mug and has been in the ring with some very good fighters and gone the distance with world level opposition. He fought Leo Santa Cruz in 2011, going 11 rounds before being stopped.

This being one of only two stoppage losses in a 46 fight career. 

Briceno fought Omar Andres Narvaez in 2010 for the WBO super flyweight world title, going the distance but losing unanimously on the cards, however Narvaez is regarded by some as currently the best super flyweight in the world, so while 4 years on and at 36 years of age Briceno may not be in his prime he certainly represents Yafai’s toughest test to date. 

There is no question Yafai is an incredible talent and will go on to fight for world titles at some point down the line, and as such Yafai is highly favoured to stop Briceno at 4/9 odds on. however I think there is a chance in this fight he may need to go the distance over 12 rounds for the first time in his professional career against an experienced durable guy who knows his way around the ring. 

Yafai is 3/1 to win by unanimous decision at Ladbrokes and I think it is worth a stab at. 

Prediction: Khalid Yafai UD 

Boxing Tipster’s Bet: £20 on Yafai by unanimous decision 3/1 Ladbrokes 


Anthony Crolla Vs Gyorgy Mizsei Jr

Crolla will face young Hungarian Gyorgy Mizsei Jr after his last bout ended prematurely after a clash of heads with Gamaliel Diaz which resulted in a technical draw. Crolla for me has to be one of the most improved British fighters going from a domestic level fighter to a fighter that looks capable of challenging for world honours. Credit has to go to Joe Gallagher and of course Crolla himself for that. 

Mizsei may only be 21 years of age however he has amassed a 31 fight record in just under 3 years, he has already fought a couple of British fighters in Bradley Saunders and Scott Harrison and has been stopped in the 4th round on both occasions. 

This may only be a 6 rounder but all of Mizsei 4 stoppage losses have been in under 6 rounds and while 6 rounds is not a lot of time to play with I think Crolla can get his man out of there this weekend, perhaps just. 

Prediction: Crolla by TKO 5 

Boxing Tipster’s Bet: £20 on Crolla by KO/TKO 5/2 Ladbrokes