Boxing Betting: DeGale and Eubank Jnr set for intriguing clash

Ed Hawkins

Thursday, February 21, 2019 5:06 PM UTC

Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019 5:06 PM UTC

Loser might have to call it a day so expect a war of attrition from London’s O2 Saturday night.

<p>James DeGale and Chris Eubank Jnr meet in a super-middleweight clash at London’s O2 Arena on Saturday night it what promises to be a ding-dong affair and terrific betting heat.</p><p>The bookmakers rate this is a genuine contest, no doubt about it, with Eubank 10/11 with Betfair and De Gale 6/5 with <a href=";a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="A+ Bookmaker">Bet365</a>, Ladbrokes, <a href=";a=a710bfac-73c1-4a57-b441-2caf1b9f397b" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Top rated bookmaker">William Hill</a>, <a href=";a=4fd3c129-b898-4816-9a61-9f7e8f34295a" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Get in the game with Unibet">Unibet</a>, Betway and <a href=";a=1ba923f3-5341-4bda-b457-0138ac61ae7a" target="_blank" title="Get in the game with Betfred">Betfred</a>. It tantalises because it could be the end of the road for the loser.</p><p>DeGale is no longer at the peak of his powers. After he took a year off he returned to the ring and suffered a bad defeat by Caleb Truax and although he worked hard to win back the belt last April, a beating here will probably spell the end.<br /> </p><p style="text-align:center"><img alt src="" style="width:650px;height:420px" /></p><p><br />Eubank Jnr, son of legend Chris, of course, is similarly haunted. At 29, it’s make or break time and he is looking vulnerable following the comprehensive lesson he was given by George Groves in the World Boxing Super Series final. He was told to shape up or ship out by ushering a new training regime.</p><p>That sort of ‘advice’ always rings alarm bells in the heads of fight punters and with the odds on our side, we’re happy to take on the favourite here.</p><p>At 33, DeGale doesn’t have the speed of hand or feet which made him a superstar by winning Olympic gold and an IBF world title but there is technical know-how and experience there which we doubt Eubank can match.</p><p>Simply, DeGale should still be able to manoeuvre around the ring and his opponent with greater mastery. He could well be a case of him being patient and picking off Eubank over the duration.</p><p>As for Eubank, he has often come up short when faced against fighters of pedigree. There is plenty of hustle and bustle and no little heart but the problem has been landing punches of weight. Against Groves he was busy but few shots landed. The same was true when he faced Billy Joe Saunders.</p><p>Perhaps most telling is his father’s assessment. Never one to shy away from an opinion, and an inflated one at that, Eubank Snr has admitted he misjudged his son’s ability. Ouch.</p><p>We’ll take DeGale to triumph then but if you want a bit more bang for your buck the method of victory market is the way to go. He is 15/8 (<a href=";a=b4150791-892f-469b-9b6a-7dfc6df0fb07" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Place your bets with Ladbrokes">Ladbrokes</a>, <a href=";a=acd6b93a-905e-45af-90ef-7eb1df661829" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Well rated bookmaker">Coral</a>, <a href=";a=3e56a0bf-7bdf-4fe1-b9a6-d22c7cc3dd2c" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Well rated bookmaker">Betway</a>) to win by decision or technical decision. We fully expect this to go the distance.</p>
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