Anthony Crolla makes his third defence of that title when he fights Venezuelan Jorge Linares in the Manchester Arena. Who will on Saturday night? This article contains our Santa Cruz v Frampton betting preview, with betting tips, expert predictions, enhanced odds, bookie free bets and no deposit bonuses on the fight!
ANTHONY CROLLA v JORGE LINARES: BETTING PREVIEW
Anthony Crolla (31-4 13KO’s) shocked the world when he came back from career-threatening injuries to stop Darleys Perez and become WBA champion just under a year ago. Last May, the Brit executed the perfect game plan and stopped the undefeated Ismael Barroso in the 7th round with a lovely body shot. His win over Barroso was an interesting one, as he came out ready to absorb punishment from the hard-punching Venezuelan, then capitalize when his opponent had expended too much energy.He has four losses on his record against domestic opponents. He drew with Derry Matthews and was beaten by Youssef Al Hamidi and twice by Gary Sykes. In addition, Matthews stopped him in the sixth round back in 2012.
Crolla has shown himself capable of the high level of energy that strategy would require. He applies a lot of pressure, he has nice head movement as he works his way inside, but he is rather squared-up and an available target for a sharp-shooter like Linares.
Jorge Linares (40-3 27KO’s) has held the WBC featherweight, WBA super-featherweight and WBC light titles, overcame a fifth-round knockdown to finish Kevin Mitchell in the 10th round of their bout in London a year ago. He lost the title in February because a fractured hand meant he could not defend against mandatory challenger Dejan Zlaticanin. His three losses have come against Juan Salgado in 2009, Antonio DeMarco in 2011 and Sergio Thompson in 2012 and all three men stopped him. Linares’ biggest wins have been over Jesus Chavez, Oscar Larios, Nihito Arakawa and Rocky Juarez.
Linares is technically fantastic, utilising a strong jab to fire off excellent combinations with blistering hand speed. Anyway, he doesn’t have the best chin, and he has paper-thin skin and cuts very easily. With Crolla's mauling and brawling style, it's not hard to envision Linares getting cut.
ANTHONY CROLLA v JORGE LINARES: BEST ODDS
|ANTHONY CROLLA|| 7.00 with||Bet £10, win £70.00m|
|THE DRAW||29.00 with||Bet £10, win £290.00|
|JORGE LINARES|| 9.00 with||Bet £10, win £90.00|
ANTHONY CROLLA v JORGE LINARES: PREDICTIONS
|OUR PICKS||BEST ODDS||BOOKMAKER|
|Winner: Anthony Crolla to win the fight||7.00|
|Method of Victory: Crolla to win by KO, TKO or DSQ||3.50|
|Total Rounds: Under 10.5 rounds||2.10|
|Round betting: Anthony Crolla in Round 9||29.00|
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