Stephen Smith is an unbelievable 1/200 (in a two horse race) to beat Jacek Wylezol, a fighter who has never won outside of Eastern Europe. Charlie Edwards is also a 1/200 prohibitive favorite against 3-7-1 Mikheil Soloninkini who has never won outside of the country of Georgia. Similarly Frankie Gavin is a 1/100 favorite against former WBC CIS and Slovenian Boxing Bureau (CISBB) welterweight challenger Bogdan Mitic. Khalid Yafai is a 1/100 unbackable favorite against Cristofer Rosales who has never fought, let alone won, outside of Nicaragua.
Kell Brook, in the main event, is a 1/12 favorite against Ionut Dan Ion in one of the weakest looking cards in living memory & one that could only be the result of the promotional monopoly that exists in the United Kingdom.
That means that were I to place £100 on these 5 favorites ALL winning on this weekend’s Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield show I would win back a measly £11.62.
SkySports boxing viewing figures have been on a downward slope of late with Saturday 7 March 2015‘s card at Hull where incredulously Tommy Coyle & Luke Campbell both fought – just not against each other – reaching a mere 52,000 viewers via the Sky Sports 1 platform. Even the Prizefighter format seems tired – with Valentine’s Day middleweight edition managing just 68,000 viewers. Both shows heavily under-performed the 2014 TV viewer average. One can not help but assume the lack of competitive boxing on show this weekend will result in another poor performance for the subscription based sports television channel.