Mixed Martial Arts meets a former rugby league star as Paul Gallen squares off against Kiwi Mark Hunt this Wednesday night.
Gallen has shown his chops in the ring, but Hunt has the massive experience edge. It will be an intriguing fight and we break the fight down and post our best betting tips.
Also on the cards is the highly-anticipated Tim Tszyu vs. Bowyn Morgan, which is expected to go the champ’s way.
The Australian impressed earlier this year when beating Jeff Horn and he has the class edge over his trans-Tasman rival.
Tszyu vs. Morgan, Gallen vs. Hunt Tips
Paul Gallen vs. Mark Hunt Betting Predictions
Punters have shown trepidation in the betting market as they’re not sure what to expect from either fighter.
Paul Gallen has looked good since turning from a rugby league player to a part-time boxer. He has the power to beat most journeyman fighters, but he hasn’t been tested against a real pro.
In comes Mark Hunt, who has had a glorified career as an MMA artist. He has more knockout power than most fighters in the world, but does he have the stamina?
This fight is scheduled for six rounds, so if Hunt wants to come out ahead, he’ll be looking to land the knockout blow.
However, if Gallen can escape getting knocked out, he could win on points. That will be easier said than done, as many of the UFC’s best have suffered an all too familiar fate at the hands of Hunt.
With that being said, Hunt hasn’t exceled in boxing for some time now. He is a former kickboxing champion that owns serious power, but boxing isn’t always about who is stronger.
Tactically, we’re not sure how Hunt measures up in the ring. He will likely look for an uppercut knockout, but if Gallen has done is research, he won’t stay in range of the shorter fighter.
Bookmakers have Mark Hunt as the $1.40 favourite and he’s $1.83 to win by knockout. We think Hunt will knock out Gallen, so you’re better off taking the value.
If you want to predict a round where Hunt will score the knockout, we favour Round 3. The first two rounds could be feeling each other out, before Hunt goes in for the kill. A Round 3 knockout to Hunt pays $7.50 with Sportsbet, so it’s worth backing.
Prediction: Mark Hunt to win by KO ($1.83) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Tim Tszyu vs. Bowyn Morgan Betting Predictions
In another Australia vs. New Zealand fight, Australian champion Tim Tsyzu is one step closer to a title shot.
He doesn’t face much in the way of opposition this Wednesday, but the WBO upgraded this field to a title eliminator, which will see Tszyu right in contention for the title shot.
Morgan isn’t a pushover as he holds a record of 22 wins from 23 fights, but he hasn’t faced the quality of opposition as Tszyu has.
Of his last two fights, his opponents had lost a combined 28 fights. Change that to Tim Tszyu, whose opponents had lost only four fights, including Jeff Horn for the WBO Global Super Welterweight title.
We are not surprised to see bookmakers install Tszyu has the $1.05 favourite. He shouldn’t be losing this fight against the $8.50 chance, so where is the value?
We expect the Australian to score a knockout win over the Kiwi and we don’t think the fight will last too long. Betting on Tszyu to score a knockout in Round 5 pays $9.50, and punters get the same odds for a knockout in Round 6.
Boxing fans know the power Tszyu possesses in his hands and Bowyn Morgan could be in for a wake-up call on Wednesday night.
Back both options for value, or take Tszyu to win by knockout at $1.40 to the more safer betting option.
Prediction: Tim Tszyu to win by KO ($1.40) – Bet @ Sportsbet
After graduating from the University of Auckland (BA – English), Daryl was thrown into the world of sports and horse racing journalism.
Having worked as a racing journalist for two years, he decided to move into the online world of horse racing and sports writing. After years of honing his craft, Daryl became a professional punter in 2009 – with a focus on horse racing, NRL, AFL, NBA, Rugby, NFL, and US college sports. Daryl’s tips have been featured on various websites around the world before joining the GoBet team. When he’s not working, Daryl tries to avoid making bogeys on the golf course.