One of the hottest prospects in British boxing will feature on the undercard of Joshua Buatsi’s WBA International light heavyweight fight with Ricards Bolotniks. On Saturday, Scotland’s Kash Farooq faces Mexico’s Luis Gerardo Castillo on the Matchroom Boxing card in Essex. The vacant WBC International bantamweight title is on the line,e and this represents a crossroads bout for both fighters.
Matchroom Boxing boss Eddie Hearn brings us another stacked card from what is affectionately known amongst UK fight fans as his backyard. The best action will be shown live on DAZN to a global audience with followers of the noble art keen to catch up on the growth of the 2016 Olympic Games bronze medalist. All eyes will be on the main event but Farooq and Castillo look a much better match and the pair will be eager to steal the limelight from the bigger names on the bill.
A win on Saturday would propel Farooq or the more experienced Castillo towards the top fighters in the division, pushing them up the rankings. Which man will grab this opportunity? Will we see Scottish fans cheering at the end, or will the Mexicans spoil the party in England?
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Traders make their call on Farooq v Castillo, and the odds make for interesting reading. Below you’ll see a table of the fight winner betting odds available, which are correct at the time of writing. The prices come from the William Hill app. This bookmaker is accepting bets on most fights on the card and are even handing new bettors a welcome bonus-free bet. Click any link on this page to the William Hill site and create an account before making your first deposit and bet. When that wager has been placed, your free bet will be available and can be used on any upcoming boxing bout or sporting event of your choice.
This looks certain to be a thriller, and the styles of both men will gel perfectly. The fact there’s so much to gain from this contest means both fighters will compete like their career depends on it. Farooq will have the backing of the UK audience in attendance, but he’ll face a Mexican fighter who won’t be fazed by that. Castillo, as he always does, will come to fight and come to push his opponent back.
Farooq is an attack-minded fighter who is strong and well-protected on the inside, but it’s that tight defence that will make all the difference here. He’s not a boxer you’ll see up on his toes and dancing around the ring, but he doesn’t take any unnecessary shots. He’s compact, fit and unrelenting, throwing intelligent punches. I expect this fight to go the scheduled 12 rounds distance, with the Scotsman winning on points.
|Kash Farooq vs Luis Castillo Information|
|Fight||Kash Farooq v Luis Castillo|
|Location||Matchroom Fight Camp|
|Date and Time||Saturday, August 14, 16:00 EST|
|How to watch||Live on DAZN|
Kash enters this challenge with a 15-1-0 professional record in a career that began with a points win in Glasgow six years ago. The spare defeat on his card came in a Glasgow versus Edinburgh Scottish derby bout against Lee McGregor, who we previewed last week. Farooq suffered a points defeat that evening in Glasgow. Still, the result was controversial, with many in attendance – myself included – believing the beaten man had done enough to win.
Since losing to McGregor, followers of Kash have seen their man make a welcome return to winning ways, and he has scored a victory in each of his last two. He was last in action when recording a 10-round points win over Alexander Espinoza at the Copper Box Arena in London earlier this year. Each of his last three fights has gone the distance, and more of the same is expected here.
The away fighter from Mexico brings an eye-catching 28-2-0 professional record, with 18 of those wins coming by knockout. His previous two defeats have been on points, so there’s nothing there to suggest he’ll be taken out lightly. Castillo is in England to win and drive himself closer to a world title challenge later this year or early in 2022.
La Sombra has never boxed outside of Mexico, but given the quality of fighters based there, that doesn’t go against him. Coming out of the away corner will be something new to Castillo, but he’ll get no time to settle into his surroundings. Kash will get to work early. The underdog has stopped each of his last two opponents inside four rounds, but he makes a huge leap up in class for this fight. Will he take that in his stride? Fight fans will find out on Saturday when this bout gets underway.
The best chance of an upset in this contest looks to come from a knockout for Castillo as his style, and the fact he’s the away fighter means a points verdict is highly unlikely. Enjoy the show and if betting on the outcome of the fights make sure you have the best odds possible on your predictions.
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