Undercards: Burns Vs King, Cardle Vs Dodd, Lomachenko Vs Koasicha

A big weekend of boxing sees cards on Sky Sports and Boxnation both in the UK and stateside, on Sky Sports the undercard to the main event of Callum Smith Vs Rocky Fielding features Ricky Burns Vs Australian Josh King, while Scott Cardle defends his British lightweight title against Sean Dodd.

Stateside on Boxnation, former amateur star and Olympic Gold medallist Vasyl Lomachenko will feature on the undercard to Timothy Bradley Vs Brandon Rios against rugged Mexican Rumolo Koasicha.

Here is our preview, prediction and betting tip for each of those bouts.

Ricky Burns Vs Josh King 

Following a gutsy display against Omar Figueroa earlier this year and a stoppage win against Prince Ofotsu in August, Ricky Burns looks to continue to rebuild a career that 12 months ago looked lost.

He will face Australian Josh King who holds a record 20 wins (9 KO’s) 3 losses (1 KO) and 0 draws, there is some footage about so I have been able to have a look at him and he looks capable, has smarts defensively and throws some nice counter hooks. It is hard to gauge exactly how good he is given the level of opposition, I can only assess what I can see.

King looks like he can cause Burns problems, if the Ricky Burns who turned up against Alexandre Lepelley and laboured to a win a year ago turns up for this one then I think we may have a fight on our hands, if the Burns who turned up against Figueroa turns up then he should have too much for this guy.

However at 7/1 I think King may be worth a play, I could be well off with this one so forgive me if I am, but from what I see King looks a capable fighter who could make a fight of it this Saturday night.

PREDICTION: BURNS SD 

BETTING TIP: £10 on Josh King to win 7/1 Bet365

Scott Cardle Vs Sean Dodd 

Scott Cardle will defend his British lightweight title against Sean Dodd in what looks a good match up, Cardle was supposed to face Gary Buckland in September but had to pull out due to injury.

This left late replacement Sean Dodd to step up against Buckland, Dodd didn’t read the script and caused an upset by beating Buckland by decision to propel himself to a shot at Cardle’s title.

And Dodd looked decent in doing so, I have to admit I hadn’t seen a lot of Sean Dodd up until then, however I really liked the look of him and skill for skill I think he can give Cardle a good fight and at 7/2 looks a good value play.

PREDICTION: DODD SD 

BETTING TIP: £10 on Sean Dodd to win 7/2 bet365 

Vasyl Lomachenko Vs Rumolo Koasicha

Former Amateur star and Olympic gold medallist Vasyl Lomachenko will defend his WBO featherweight title against rugged Mexican Rumolo Koasicha on the undercard to Bradley Vs Rios in Las Vegas.

UK boxing fans may remember Koasicha from his fight with Lee Selby last year where he lost a near shut out to the Welshman, however did show his toughness.

For me this is just about how Lomachenko wins, and I think its 50/50 whether he gets the rugged Koasicha out of there or not, with there being very little between a Lomachenko win by decision or knockout in the markets its a hard call. Lomachenko is best priced 10/11 to win by decision and 6/5 by KO/TKO.

That really is a coin flip, I would say decision is marginally more likely but i will be sitting this one out in terms of betting it.

PREDICTION: LOMACHENKO UD 

BETTING TIP: No recommendation.