Dereck Chisora v Carlos Takam: Del Boy goes in as the underdog despite home advantage
Dereck Chisora is a match for any heavyweight when in the mood - but will he fancy it here? Betfair's boxing tipster Frankie Monkhouse puts forward his views.....
"Punters looking to back Del Boy will find a tempting [2.86] on the Betfair Exchange. Difficult to ignore."
Followers of the heavyweight division have an interesting bout on the undercard of Whyte - Parker at the 02 Arena, London on Saturday evening when Dereck Chisora aims to catapult himself back towards major titles with a win over African tough guy Carlos Takam.
Del Boy remains an enigma of British boxing with his 28-8-0 record but on his day he's capable of giving anyone in the division a test. Will he fancy it in front of a packed arena in his home city? Odds compilers don't think so and have the 34-year-old as second favourite. Is there value to be had?
What version of Dereck Chisora will we see?
It would be fair to say that at times in Chisora's career he's look disinterested and fighting for money. For proof of this watch back his match with Tyson Fury 2011 or David Haye 2012. It's also perfectly reasonable to say the 6ft 1inch orthodox is capable of so much more and he looked unlucky in defeat when losing a majority decision to unbeaten German Agit Kabayel late last year for the European title. Ending on the wrong side of a split decision with Kubrat Pulev and Dillian Whyte didn't help either. Get the nod in either and his career could've taken a very different path.
Chisora returned to winning ways with a comfortable second round TKO result over Frenchman Zakaria Azzouzi, putting an end to the fight with a perfectly timed overhand right that proved too much to take for the beaten man. The perfect way to get back on track but all connected to Team Chisora know this is a step up in class. Punters looking to back Del Boy will find a tempting [2.94] on the Betfair Exchange. Difficult to ignore.
Takam expected to have better luck this time
Casual fight fans will remember Carlos Takam from his thrill-a-minute October meeting with Anthony Joshua in Cardiff for IBF, IBO and WBA world titles. The experienced 37-year-old was a late stand-in for that fight and experts feared the worst. The durable opponent may have climbed out of the ring a loser, but he had won the respect of everyone who watched his brave 10-round performance.
Cameroonian born, French based Takam surprised all when taking his big-punching opponent into the latter stages despite coming under heavy fire from the first bell. Cut above the right eye he was downed in the fourth before being stopped on his feet by referee Phil Edwards two from the finish. The underdog that night was never in danger of beating AJ, but many thought he deserved to hear the final bell.
That performance remains fresh in the mind of traders who have him a 4/9 jolly (Betfair Sportsbook) to enjoy more luck on British soil this time and pick-up the WBA International strap. That looks worth a place in weekend accumulators and should help pay for your night.