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Below, you’ll find the current betting on the winner of this fight with all odds taken from the Caesars Sportsbook. These odds are correct at the time of writing and can be bet on now. Please remember when gambling that the prices are subject to change and may move the closer we get to the first bell.
The fight-winner betting market ranks as the most popular option to gamblers wishing to wager on the outcome of boxing matches. It is a straight choice between the fighters and gives you a one in three chance of getting it right with the opposite fighter and the draw working against you. This means you have a great chance of landing a winning and making a profit, a far better chance than if you were playing one of the many specials available on this contest, such as how many knockdowns the fight will produce or the winning round.
The only downside to the fight-winner betting – as you’ll notice below – is that value is often thin on the ground. Bookmakers are keen to put you off backing Taylor to win the bout and continue his perfect record. The odds below show Taylor is the red hot betting favourite and those creating the odds firmly expect him to win. There’s more value in backing Catterall or the draw on Saturday but both selections are considered to be long shots.
If you are intent on backing Taylor to beat Catterall in this battle of Britain, you will have two options to get any kind of decent return. Firstly, you could raise your stakes and place a bigger bet than you are used to but that approach comes with its own problems and could see you suffer if Catterall pulls off an upset. The second option is to back Taylor at your usual stake but add a few other boxing or fight predictions to your card. Creating a parlay or an accumulator style bet gives you the chance to attack big returns off a small stake.
Josh Taylor to win on points +163
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As you no doubt would have noticed when reading the previous section of this Taylor v Catterall betting preview, the defending champion is expected to win by the betting traders. His pre-fight odds suggest losing is out of the question here. That’s always a dangerous stance to take, as we have seen many times that this sport doesn’t follow a script. Boxing cards are littered with upsets every weekend, and the title-changing hands in Manchester on Saturday wouldn’t be the biggest surprise of the year.
There’s no doubt the previously unbeaten Catterall has the skills and strength to test his opponent and push him into the later rounds, but I am a huge fan of Scotland’s Taylor. He has won four world titles and the Muhammad Ali Trophy in just 18 fights as a professional. His CV reads like a who’s who of the division, and I expect him to win again.
There’s no value in backing Taylor to win the fight, and that’s why we venture into the specials, playing the method of victory market. We take Taylor to win on points which is a far better price than simply backing him to win the fight. Look through the Scotsman’s stats and you’ll notice that three of his last four fights have ended in points wins. In Catterall, he faces an opponent who has won four of his last five on the scorecards. Two southpaws rarely make for an interesting fight and this could develop into a battle of wits.
This is a fascinating fight involving two exciting pros who have yet to lose. They are both ambitious, there are four world title belts on the line, it’s a Scotland v England grudge match, and the arena will be packed to capacity with millions more watching around the world, which means this bout has all the ingredients of a cracker.
Which fighter will come out on top at the end of the battle? Will Edinburgh’s Taylor successfully defend his belts, or will Lancashire’s Catterall cause an upset to delight the home support? We’ll find out on Saturday. This isn’t just a treat for the boxing faithful. It’s one of those rare matches that all sports fans can enjoy.
Taylor has beaten some top fighters over the years, including Regis Prograis and Jose Carlos Ramirez. The Braveheart of Scottish boxing caused a huge upset when beating Prograis by a majority decision in London just over two years ago to win the WBSS. It was a close fight, and both men had strong claims on the win, but it was Taylor who got the nod, and few would grudge him that rub of the green. Since beating Prograis, he has stopped Apinun Khongsong in a round at the York Hall, Bethnal Green and was last seen gaining a solid points win over Ramirez in Las Vegas in May of this year. Josh is now ranked number one in the world, and rightly so.
When attempting to solve this puzzle and predict how the bout might go, we note the form of both men. Three of Taylor’s last four fights have been won on points over 12 rounds, with two being unanimous and that majority against Prograis. Opponent Catterall brings a perfect 26-0-0 record, but he has only 13 knockouts, with four of his last five wins coming courtesy of the scoring judges sitting at ringside.
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|Josh Taylor vs Jack Catterall Information|
|Fight||Josh Taylor vs Jack Catterall|
|Location||Manchester Arena, England|
|Date and Time||Saturday 25 February, 20:00 EST|
|How to watch||Live on DAZN|
Former professional boxer at the world-famous TRAD TKO Gym in London, I am now a full-time freelance content writer, pundit, and podcast contributor working with some of the biggest names in the sports betting industry. I love boxing, football's most successful team Glasgow Rangers, and horse racing. Email: [email protected]More info on Frank Monkhouse
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