Betting preview: Chris Eubank Jr and Savannah Marshall to produce clinical wins

Eubank Jr. is returning to the ring for the second time this year while Marshall makes the second defence of her middleweight world title.

Chris Eubank Jr. will finally get the chance to let off some steam when he takes on Wanik Awdijan in Newcastle.

Eubank was scheduled to meet middleweight Sven Elbir on October 2, but the 27-year-old German has tested positive for Covid-19. However, all was not lost as Anatoli Muratov stepped up to the plate on just five days notice. Or so we thought.

Just 24 hours before the fight, concerns were raised about the medical results of Muratov, forcing the fight to be cancelled. So this weekend is third time lucky for Eubank, who continues his world title charge under boxing icon Roy Jones Jr.

When: October 16

Where: Newcastle Arena

How to watch: Sky Sports Arena

Awdijan's record unconvincing

Undefeated since 2014, with just one defeat from 30 pro bouts, the record of Awdijan looks impressive on paper. However, when you analyse the level of fighters he has fought, his record is quite deceiving.

His last fight opponents have a combined record of 61-50-5, and while his last opponent was unbeaten, he had fought just four pro bouts before the contest. Germany's Awdijan would win via split-decision.

Eubank dominated Morrison

Eubank is looking for momentum ahead of a potential world title showdown at middleweight. The global pandemic and injuries have meant Eubank has been in the ring just once since 2019 and that was against Marcus Morrison in May this year.

Eubank outpointed Morrison at the SSE Arena at Wembley but the bout was about banking some valuable rounds.

Now the face of Sky Sports' brave new era under Boxxer, Eubank may not be headlining this show in Newcastle but he'll be looking to put on a show for fans and to prove he is finally ready to rule the world.

Chris Eubank Jr. defeated James DeGale in 2019

Speaking to Sky Sports about his win over Morrison, Eubank said: "Could I have stopped the fight earlier? Yes, but that wasn't my goal.

"That's not how it's always going to be. Fighters need to understand that was a freak occurrence. Most of the time, if I see an opportunity, I'm going to take it. You're going to go.

"On that occasion, it wasn't the case, but in my next performance I will be looking for the stoppage early."

Who will win?

Eubank's upcoming opponent is unknown but judging by his record, and ranked the ninth best German fighter at 160lbs, the writing is on the walls. Three of Eubank's last five bouts have gone the distance, including a victory over James DeGale and an unsuccessful world title challenge against George Groves.

DeGale did taste the canvas on two occasions during his defeat and while he was past his best, he still had Olympic pedigree and with Awdijan's sole defeat ending inside the distance, we expect him to experience the same result on Saturday.

With an eye-catching clash with Gennadiy Golovkin or Ryota Murata very much on his radar, Eubank has an early stoppage in his sights but we are predicting the fight ends between rounds four to six.

Marshall on brink of super-fight

Savannah Marshall headlines this weekend's card, making the second defence of her WBO middleweight crown against Lolita Muzeya.

The two fighters have two things in common: both are 30 years old and both are undefeated as professionals. But that's where it ends.

Marshall - who enjoyed a successful amateur career under Team GB, winning the 2012 World Championships - has looked nothing short of sensational since turning over as a professional. Fighting under experienced trainer Peter Fury, Marshall is undefeated from 10 bouts and is improving with each fight.

Savannah Marshall is making the second defence of her WBO middleweight world title

Marshall has an 80% knockout ratio, with eight wins inside the distance, which is an incredible effort considering women's boxing operate under two-minute rounds compared to three minutes for men.

Her opponent, who has fought on the professional scene since 2013, has a 50% knockout streak from 16 bouts and won the WBC Silver title in 2016. However, it is the first time she is fighting outside of Africa and Marshall's class will shine through. Another Marshall KO is on the cards.

It could be Marshall's last fight before a showdown against Claressa Shields - arguably female's Pound for Pound best. The American is a three-division world champion, the quickest of all-time with it taking just 10 bouts (junior middleweight, middleweight and super middleweight).

Shields - a double Olympic champion - has just one defeat from her boxing career with it coming in the amateurs to Marshall. A fight between these two is a must.

Fury back in action

Hughie Fury has another chance of rebuilding his career on the undercard when he collides against veteran Christian Hammer. Fury, who missed out on world glory with a razor-thin defeat to Joseph Parker in 2018, has gone on to fall victim to Alexander Povetkin and Kubrat Pulev since.

However, Hammer is the perfect opponent for Fury to look good against, and beat quite comfortably. The strange thing about Hughie is, he is definitely European level but struggles to make the step up to world level every time of asking.

Ranked No.4 with the WBA, perhaps an all-British world title eliminator with Daniel Dubois could be something that appeals to both men. Then again, Fury is tied down with Sky Sports and Dubois is with BT Sport so guess what, boxing politics will probably block the fight (shock horror).

Sandman to cause storm

Lewis Ritson will box for the first time since his devastating TKO defeat to Jeremias Ponce. The loss was the second defeat of his pro career and the result meant he missed out on the chance of being in line to challenge Josh Taylor for world honours.

However, he is taking on American Henry Lundym - who at the age of 37 and three defeats in his last five bouts - has seen better days. Despite having been in the ring with Terence Crawford, Ritson should win comfortably.

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