It’s a case of quality over quantity for fight fans this weekend as Lennox Clarke takes on Mark Heffron in the standout bout of a quiet weekend of fight action. The vacant IBF Inter-Continental title is on the line in this bout scheduled for 12 rounds at the Copper Box Arena in Stratford, London.
This venue is a former London 2012 Olympic Games arena. Still, it has been adopted by the noble art in recent years, with major UK promoter Frank Warren staging many exciting shows there. Will this be another highlight for Frank and will Clarke v Heffron live up to the pre-fight hype that has captured the attention of sports fans across the UK.
Who will win this fight and lift themselves through the world super-middleweight rankings? That remains to be seen, but major online betting apps offer customers the chance to make predictions on the result and back up their picks with a bet. Below you will find odds offered by Caesars Sportsbook on Saturday’s fight.
Betting odds taken from the Caesars Sportsbook.
These quotes have been taken from the fight winner market, but there are many other options, including method of victory and total rounds. We always advise researching the different markets as you may find a better way to back your fighter. For example, if you expect Clarke to win the bout, you can back him to do so at the odds above or aim higher and go for a KO/TKO or points win in the method of victory with great odds available on each.
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Lennox Clarke is the pre-fight betting favourite, and he will carry the support of the crowd in East London, but we expect this contest to be a little more competitive than the odds suggest. Here we have two ambitious fighters who have already enjoyed their fair share of success in the sport but are hungry for more. The winner of this bout will become a decent player in the weight category, catching the eye of the top names looking to defend their world titles or the best of the young guns eager to carve out a reputation.
Clarke has a professional record detailing 20 wins, one draw and a single defeat, with the only blot on his copybook inflicted by Lerrone Richards in Birmingham. That loss came against a fantastic fighter, but Lennox pushed the winner hard that night at the Utilita Stadium, going down by a split decision. One judge gave Lennox the win by a scorecard of 115-113, but he was the odd man out of three, with the other two judges returning 112-117 and 113-116. It was a competitive match that could’ve gone either way, but Lennox held his own, proving the class is there to mix it in elite company. He has also improved since that night, winning a comeback bout last March.
Clarke got back on the winning trail with a fifth-round stoppage win over Willy Hutchinson at this venue last March. Lennox picked up the Commonwealth and British titles that evening and proved beyond all doubt that he is a cut above domestic level fighters. He knows it and wants to finally prove it to the world by winning another title and continuing to climb the ranks. The 5ft 10inch fighter has won 20 but stopped only eight, resulting in a low 36% KO average.
Those who believe the bookies have called this one correct can back Clarke for victory at the -333 offer made by Caesars Sportsbook, but there’s more out there. Despite winning his last fight by KO/TKO, Lennox doesn’t carry concussive power, so the best bet for supporters could be taking their man to win on points. That will give you a run for your money, at least.
Mark Heffron has been overlooked by the bookies and much of the media, but that will suit him down to the ground. He is no stranger to being involved in big fights and has been written off more than once, but Kid Dynamite has pulled off the odd upset result. Could he be about to cause another upset and silence the crowd? We think he’s worth backing.
Heffron has a CV showing 27 wins against two defeats and one draw, meaning he is much more experienced than his opponent, despite being 30 years old. All six of his previous wins have come by stoppage, which is impressive, but it’s worth knowing that each of his two losses has come inside the distance. He’s an entertaining fighter; there are no doubts about that.
We last saw Heffron in action at the Oldham Leisure Centre when stopping journeyman Tomas Bezvoda who already had a record of 12 wins and 18 defeats. Each of his last two bouts has produced third-round TKO wins, and he’d dearly love to complete the hat trick, although this is a major step up in class and Team Heffron know it. They must raise their game to match the challenge, but he has the skills to do just that.
Heffron is stepping up, but he’s been here before, losing to Liam Williams in Manchester for the British title and Denzel Bentley at the BT Studio in Stratford. He’s better than his price, and we’ll take a small bet on him to win by KO/TKO.
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|Lennox Clarke vs Mark Heffron Information|
|Fight||Lennox Clarke vs Mark Heffron|
|Location||Copper Box, London|
|Date and Time||Saturday 16 July, 21:00 GMT|
|How to watch||BT Sport|
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