DeGALE v TRAUX: After 12 rounds of the best against Badou Jack, James DeGale (23-1-1) had to content himself with a majority draw and the retention of his IBF Super Middleweight title. Considering that was back in January, it’s easy to forget just how good a fight the attempted unification bout was. DeGale has been inactive ever since owing to shoulder surgery, in his opponent Caleb Traux, what we have on our hands is soft landing return to the ring for a fighter who will be looking to knock off the rust of a near 12 month lay-off.

Caleb Traux (28-3-2) bounced back from a first round wipe out against Anthony Dirrell in April of last year with two KO wins over opponents of questionable quality. The step up in challenging for the IBF title is both enormous and entirely unattainable. DeGale will be hoping for a sold workout against a fighter who once managed to go the distance with Jermain Taylor and Daniel Jacobs.

Best Bet

Can Traux take DeGale the distance here? It would take some degree of rust on London fighter’s part for that to transpire. 1.45 on the Betdaq exchange for James DeGale to knockout Caleb Traux at any stage is pretty good value.

Selby v Ramirez

The real value fight for exchange trading is the featherweight meeting of Lee Selby (25-1-0) and Eduardo Ramirez (20-0-3). At 1.03 on the Betdaq exchange, it’s a gimme for Selby on face value. In an instance such as this there’s good scope for capitalising on Ramirez’s price of 18.5. A fighter who remains unbeaten.

Firstly let’s look at why Ramirez is so long against Selby. The Mexican fighter has not met much quality in his 23 fight unbeaten run. Eight of the bouts were against fighters with losing records, 21 of his fights have taken place in Mexico. Scratch the surface however and there’s more to this fighter than the price suggests.

Ramirez was denied a breakout win over Leduan Barthelemy in September. His first fight in United States ended in a draw, the brother of the much vaunted Rances Barthelemy, Leduan, was considered lucky to depart without defeat. Ramirez also dispatched the 24-0 world number 13 Edivaldo Ortega on the occasion of his last fight in Mexico. Make no mistake, this guy can fight.

Armed with the true Mexican walk’em down style Ramirez will prove a true handful for Selby, who in fairness, is no mug. The IBF Featherweight champion is a pure boxer. The term ‘Sweet Science’ is used and abused these days but Selby is truly a student of the sport and as a consequence, is a joy to watch.

The Welshman often solves problems in the ring in real time, something most fighters struggle with, his balance, poise, and timing are all tools that few in the division can apply to such great affect. Selby is indeed the better boxer, has the home advantage, and fought and defeated a better quality of fighter.

Best Bet

As we said in the preamble, 18.5 for Ramirez represents a legitimate opportunity here. In no way are we saying that Selby’s title is seriously under threat here, we are however, saying he will be tested. Ramirez will try walk down the Welshman in the early rounds, Selby will need find his range and get behind that jab, he should win for sure. Ramirez, provided he shows up at the Copper Box Arena, will shorten down from his current price and offer locked in profit for those ready to trade out in the first five rounds.

Fight Card

Super Middleweight James DeGale (c) vs. Caleb Traux
Featherweight Lee Selby (c) vs. Eduardo Ramirez
Light Heavyweight Anthony Yarde vs. Nikola Sjekola
Heavyweight Daniel Dubois vs. Dorian Darch

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