Seconds out, round two…
Continuing this week’s boxing theme, I thought it only right to take a look at Saturday’s big fight.
This is the bout that has been on everyone’s lips, as former friends David Haye and Audley Harrison prepare to lock horns at the MEN.
If this is the first you’ve heard of it, then welcome back…
I had no idea we were popular amongst Chilean miners.
Otherwise, you’ll probably have already formed your own opinions and they will probably point towards a David Haye victory.
This however, is of no use to us.
After all, Mr. Haye is as short as 1/10 in places and unless you’re a) very rich and b) very silly, you will not be getting on at those odds.
Instead, let me put this to you…
Maybe, Haye vs. Harrison isn’t as much of a miss-match as many people think…
Maybe, Audley wasn’t off his rocker when he claimed that a world title was his “destiny”…
Maybe, we can claim yet another tasty wedge from the bookies.
Back the fight to go over 9.5 rounds at 9/4 with …
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It’s always the quiet ones
You see, ladies and gents, Audley Harrison is a changed man…
Not only has shaken off the ego that made him so unpopular, he has also found some form.
This Audley is a world away from the fallen giant, beaten by Belfast cabbie Martin Rogan in 2008.
This Audley is a winner of Prizefighter and a European Heavyweight champion.
What’s more, he’s desperate to get the better of David Haye – a man he fell out with several years ago.
Harrison has seriously upped his game since that infamous defeat to Rogan and according to his trainer Shadeed Suluki:
““He’s matured, he knows where he went wrong and he’s corrected that”.
“You see a different Audley now, even in training – he usually likes to run things, but in this camp he gave me himself, he said ‘what do you want me to do? I’ll do it’”.
It used to be Harrison’s mouth that proved a hindrance but now David Haye may be taking on the mantle…
After all, what better way to motivate your opponent than by calling them: “a national joke” and claiming that the fight will be: “a public execution”.
This one can go the distance
Here’s an interesting set of stats for you…
Harrison has fought seven times over ten rounds or more; four of them have gone the distance, including the last three.
David Haye has had just three fights at heavyweight (he was previously in the lighter ‘cruiserweight’ division) – his previous bout reached round nine and the one prior to that went the distance.
The heavyweight division has a habit of throwing up tests of endurance and given Harrison has a fairly significant height advantage Haye may struggle to finish this early, even if he justifies his favouritism.
My feeling is that Haye will probably win out BUT only by a late technical knockout (TKO) or a points decision.
Therefore, the 9/4 on offer by for this 12 round fight to go over 9.5 rounds looks too good to resist.
By all accounts David Haye is the better all-round fighter, so there’s no point backing Harrison to win by decision…
However, one thing Harrison does possess is a fearsome left hook that did for Michael Sprott in his most recent bout.
If you’ve not seen the footage then take a look now. (It’s around the seven minute mark).
You won’t see a sweeter shot this side of a Rocky film!
As the bigger boxer, Harrison has far more potential to end the fight early and so it makes sense to place a ‘saver’ bet on Audley to win by knockout (KO), TKO or technical decision.
I would advise backing this with around 15% of your main stake, so if you back over 9.5 rounds with £10, back our second selection with £1.50.
Then, if the fight goes over 9.5 rounds your £11.50 becomes £31…
If Harrison scores an early knockout you make a small overall profit of 50p…
And if Harrison wins by KO, TKO or technical decision after the ninth round, the drinks are on you!
Q. This is the first all-British heavyweight clash since 1997 but who was the last fight between and who emerged victorious?
A. The last all-British heavyweight bout was between Lennox Lewis and Henry Akinwande. Lewis won but in disappointing circumstances – he was awarded the fight after Akinwande was disqualified for persistent holding.
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