Anthony Crolla acts as the chief support to Tony Bellew on Saturday night but he has a tough fight on his hands. Betfair's Frankie Monkhouse takes a closer look...
"Anthony Crolla (33-6-3) aims for a hat-trick of wins after beating Ricky Burns in a fascinating England-Scotland match-up last year, before getting the better of Mexican Edison Ramirez"
Crolla returns to action
All the talk centres around the top-of-the-bill clash between Tony Bellew and Oleksandr Usyk at the Manchester Arena on Saturday night, and rightly so, but it's not the only bout of note on the card with Matchroom Boxing providing an action-packed undercard.
The best of the supporting acts sees one of British boxing's favourites back in the ring - Anthony Crolla. The local lad takes part in what will be his 43rd paid bout when meeting experienced Indonesian Daud Yordan in a 12-round contest. There's value to be had in the betting, if able to correctly call the winner.
Million Dollar seeking the hat-trick
Anthony Crolla (33-6-3) aims for a hat-trick of wins after beating Ricky Burns in a fascinating England-Scotland match-up last year, before getting the better of Mexican Edison Ramirez in Cardiff back in March on the undercard of Joshua-Parker. That helped him get back on track following two defeats to Jorge Linares on the bounce for WBA and WBC world lightweight titles.
Despite losing half of his last four, and failing to win four of nine, Betfair punters are keen to keep on the right side of the 5ft 8inch orthodox and backers will find the home win marked up at [1.35] on the Exchange. That's a price best suited to stacked accumulators, pushing those after a super single into the method of victory arena.
Crolla has claimed only 13 of his 33 wins inside the distance and a 31% knockout average won't do much to inspire punters to rush out and back Million Dollar to get rid of his man early. His last KO/TKO result came back in May 2016 when halting Ismael Barroso in seven. That'll explain why there's a meaty 9/2 available for the stoppage, a third points win 8/15 - both Sportsbook quotes.
Yordan unbeaten since 2013
Little is known about opponent Daud Yordan but he brings a professional record of 38 wins against three defeats and that can't be taken lightly. It'll surely get the respect it deserves from Team Crolla as they make their preparations for the bout. The 31-year-old from Sukadana carries an eye-catching 62% KO average and has dealt with each of the last two men placed in front of him with time to spare.
Cino was last seen downing Russian Pavel Malikov inside eight rounds to inflict the Moscow man's first career defeat in 15, in front of his own fans too. That proves the visiting fighter has no problems going to an opponent's comfort zone and causing an upset. It's merely business to Yordan and he'll rate his chances of doing the same again in England.
Despite enjoying a winning run stretching back eight fights and almost six years, Daud has been priced as a visitor with little chance of getting the desired result. We know from his stats that's not true and the [3.55] (Betfair Exchange) up for grabs is sure to prove popular with punters searching for value prices. A points win on the road is unlikely, available at 11/2, a KO/TKO thought to have a better chance, 9/2 both Sportsbook.