Saturday night should’ve been dominated by England’s round of 16 clash at Euro 2016, but Roy’s boys failed to win the group and won’t play until Monday. Nevertheless, it should be a cracking weekend of sport – and not just in the football.
The newest member of British boxing, Anthony Joshua, is in action for the second time this year as he takes on American challenger Dominic Brezeale. As a casino owner, I’m already loving AJ as his Box Office bouts guarantee punters as they don’t want to face Pay Per View prices. And ultimately, that means more drinks and more gambling. Heaven.
But this isn’t about me, it’s about the IBF heavyweight champion. At odds of 1/33, it would take a brave man to bet against the 26-year-old here. However, Brazeale can give him a much stronger test than previous champ Charles Martin could muster, and that will hopefully lead to a far more interesting bout.
Does Brezeale, a fellow London 2012 Olympian, take AJ all the way? Probably not, and as a free tip I’m advising people to back rounds 4-6 at odds of 5/1 with 888sport. Nonetheless, the 17-0 challenger can cause a few problems.
AJ has captivated casual boxing fans, but more serious punters will be interested to see the Watford man face a giant. After all, we all expect Joshua to face Tyson Fury at some stage down the line so this could be a great way to test that water. That’s not to say Fury and Brezeale are anything like each other in terms of style, but the reach and other mechanics will give the Londoner a few decent lessons.
Whatever happens, it’ll be a brilliant night at the O2 once more, especially with George Groves and Chris Eubank on the undercard.
Come to think of it, I’m glad England don’t play until Monday.