Kid Galahad vs Maxi Hughes: This Is an All-English Battle for a Respected World Title

  • This fight is for the IBO world lightweight title and will be shown live on DAZN
  • Kid Galahad was beaten by Kiko Martinez last time out
  • Maxi Hughes is unbeaten since 2019 when losing to Liam Walsh

Last weekend we enjoyed a winning bet on the outcome of Saul Alvarez vs Gennady Golovkin as the Mexican completed the trilogy with a convincing points win. It was a rather underwhelming performance from Triple G, who looked past his best and, barring a late flurry of activity, looked out of his depth. The big fights keep dropping off the conveyor belt, and Eddie Hearn for Matchroom Sports is responsible for an action-packed card from the Nottingham Arena in England.

Kid Galahad takes on Maxi Hughes with the IBO world lightweight title at stake. Galahad is a former champion and will believe he has what it takes to return to the head of the sport with another convincing win in Nottinghamshire. To achieve that, he must defeat a dangerous opponent in Hughes, who is unbeaten since a 2019 points decision against Liam Walsh at the York Hall, Bethnal Green.

This is an all-English battle for a respected world title, and a competitive contest is expected. Galahad is the natural favourite, being a former champion, but the form of his opponent means he faces a tough night’s work. Will he get the desired result, or will Hughes continue a purple patch of form that has captured the imagination of his team and army of followers? The leading sportsbooks allow us to have our say, offering a selection of eye-catching markets and generous betting odds.

Kid Galahad vs Maxi Hughes Odds

Odds taken from Caesars. Use the promo code WSNFULL when you sign up to Caesars and get up to $1,250 in free bets.

Winner Odds
Kid Galahad -200
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Draw +1600
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Maxi Hughes +160
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The above table contains the pre-fight betting odds offered by leading online sportsbook Caesars, and you can place a bet on Galahad vs Hughes now. Please remember that the above prices have been quoted from the Caesars Sportsbook betting app but are subject to change. Boxing betting odds are fluid and remain so up until the first bell. The betting then switches to in-play, meaning you can gamble pre-fight, in-play, or both.

In addition to predicting the winner of the bout, which gives you a one-in-three chance of being correct and making a profit, you can also play the specials. The leading bookies offer many unique markets on Galahad v Hughes, including the winning round, method of victory and total rounds. Do your research, study the form of both men, and a decent bet will present itself. You’d be surprised how often a bout falls into line with the recent stats. The more you know, the greater your chance of coming away from the bout with more cash than you went in.

Don’t be rushed, either. That’s what in-play betting is for. If you can’t decide which fighter to trust with your hard-earned cash, it’s worth biding your time and watching a few rounds before acting. When betting in-play, you get a feel for the crowd, tactics of both men and the mood of the referee. This information greatly enhances your chances of calling this one correct as you are guessing at fewer aspects of the contest.

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Kid Galahad vs Maxi Hughes Pick

Kid Galahad vs Maxi Hughes Pick

Galahad on points +137.5

The method of victory is the market we will play for this fight and, as regular readers of our boxing previews already know, it’s one of our favourites. The odds are better than those available in the fight winner market, but there’s more risk. Instead of a one-in-three chance of getting it right, with the opposing fighter and the draw working against you, there are more possible outcomes with the method of victory. That means more risk but a bigger reward for those willing to take the bookies.

Galahad arrives with a professional record detailing 28 wins against a pair of defeats and no draws. He has stopped 17 of his opponents but was cut down inside the distance by Spaniard Kiko Martinez in round six at the Sheffield Arena late last year. That was expected to be an enthralling fight – one in which Kid was the bookies’ favourite to win – and it certainly lived up to the pre-bout hype. Martinez suffered a cut to his right eye early in the contest but battled to drop the Englishman in round five before being pulled by the referee for his safety less than a round later.

That result means 32-year-old Galahad has lost half of his last four outings, ending with a points defeat against Josh Warrington for his first loss before bouncing back to better Claudio Marrero in round eight before dealing with James Dickens in round 11. There are still some mouth-watering domestic bouts available to Galahad at the end of this year and next, but if he can win this title, it will open the doors for huge bouts and matching pay.

Kid Galahad vs Maxi Hughes Prediction

Galahad is a great boxer with an awkward style, and he will use that to try and slow the pace, dragging Hughes down a notch or two and, in turn, stealing some of his aggression. This won’t be a thriller like we saw in Kid’s last few bouts. Instead, we expect two southpaws to make for an interesting bout. It will be one for the purists rather than the casual boxing fans who tune in to catch a showreel KO.

Hughes is no mere opponent, though; he comes on the back of a stunning winning run that saw him pick up a clutch of titles, including the WBC silver, British, and the IBF world strap. He won the latter honour with a 12-round points decision over Jovanni Straffon in Leeds last summer. He has since made one defence of the belt, beating Ryan Walsh on points, also in Leeds, earlier this year.

How to Watch Kid Galahad vs Maxi Hughes

Fight Kid Galahad v Maxi Hughes
Promoter Matchroom Sports
Location Nottingham Arena, Nottingham
Date and Time Saturday 24th September, 22:00 GMT
How to watch Live on DAZN

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