Warrington Vs Amagasa + Smith Vs Pedraza – Previews and Predictions

A big night of boxing on Sky Sports sees two televised shows as Josh Warrington continues his journey to a world title tilt against Japan’s Hisashi Amagasa which will be televised from 8pm. Then at 3am Sky Sports are live from the United States as Stephen Smith looks to become a world champion against Jose Pedraza.

Here are our short previews, predictions and betting recommendations for both of those bouts.

Josh Warrington Vs Hisashi Amagasa

Unbeaten featherweight prospect Josh Warrington will face Japan’s Hisashi Amagasa as he continues his journey towards a world title shot, which ultimately could be against Lee Selby at some point down the line.

Firstly however he needs to get past Hisashi Amagasa which might not be a foregone conclusion, many may remember Amagasa dropping Guillermo Rigondeaux twice in Japan at the back end of 2014, Amagasa is absolutely huge for a featherweight and that alone makes him a dangerous guy.

Warrington is usually a guy who likes to overwhelm opponents with a high output and will engage often on the inside, my concern here is Warrington is not a renowned puncher and if Amagasa does not respect Warrington’s power a battle on the inside may actually favor the man from Japan and give him opportunities to utilise his size and power advantages.

Amagasa is quite limited but Warrington will need to box smart in this one as he will likely have to go 12 rounds with the bigger man, I think a Warrington unanimous decision is the most likely outcome but Amagasa at 5/1 cannot be ignored.

Bookmaker Winner have Warrington to be knocked down at 5/1 and I think that represents good value and is the betting play I am recommending.

PREDICTION: Warrington UD 

BETTING TIP: £10 on Warrington to be knocked down 5/1 Winner. 

Jose Pedraza Vs Stephen Smith 

Stephen Smith looks to become the second of four Smith brothers to land a world title, however he has a tough assignment stateside against Puerto Rican Jose Pedraza.

Pedraza is a tough guy but he certainly is not unbeatable and was beaten in my opinion clearly by Edner Cherry in his last outing only for Cherry to be robbed on the scorecards.

If Smith gives a career best performance against Pedraza I think this is a bout he can win but my concern is the location and Smith will need to dominate Pedraza or knock him out to ensure victory. Pedraza is a rugged guy and I think Smith will have a hard job stopping his man this weekend.

That leaves me to believe this is a fight that will go to the scorecards and it is more than likely be left in the judges hands, I think it will be a close affair but I expect Smith to fall just short on the night.

Smith is 3/1 to get a decision in Connecticut this weekend, for those of you backing him that is the play I would recommend but I am going to sit out this one.


BETTING TIP: None recommended