We're back at Fight Camp in Essex for the latest offering from Matchroom Sports. Betfair's Frankie Monkhouse gives his take on the main event...
"Jason will use his experience to stay out of trouble, but he has failed to go beyond eight rounds since summer 2018"
Friday fight night
Matchroom Sports' Fight Camp in Essex returns for what will be the third show in three weeks. There will be no fans in attendance on fight night, but armchair fans can follow every round of an exciting five-bout card thanks to the live television coverage available at Sky Sports.
Top of the bill pairs Felix Cash and Jason Welborn over 12 rounds in a contest to decide the Commonwealth middleweight title. Cash is the unbeaten fighter with a big future ahead of him in the noble art, but he'll be tested to his limits by an experienced opponent in Welborn who knows exactly what victory would do for his career.
Betfair traders have priced up several pre-fight betting markets on the main event, giving members the chance to ramp up their interest with a punt on the outcome. Predict the winner or take a chance for a bigger price by playing one of the eye-catching specials available, including method of victory.
Cash chasing hattrick of KO wins
The 27-year-old Berkshire fighter Cash arrives in Essex with a perfect 12-fight professional record since scoring a points win at the O2 Arena in Greenwich on the undercard of George Groves v Martin Murray back in 2016. Of his dozen victories Cash has bagged eight by knockout as he has risen to fourth in the UK rankings, a list topped by Chris Eubank Jnr.
The 6ft 1inch orthodox boxer has won each of his last two inside the distance, beating Rasheed Abolaji (11-4-1) of Nigeria in the first round before getting rid of Bolton's Jack Cullen in eight last time out. In that latest victory Cash made a stunning start, dropping Cullen to the canvas in the first round and again in the seventh. It was a dominant display and referee Howard John Foster made the right decision when calling the fight at 1.14 of round eight, saving the beaten man from further punishment.
That form has caught the eye of the Betfair trading team, and they moved to price him as hot betting favourite for 13 wins on the bounce. With Felix priced at 1/20 for the win it is expected most backers will stray into the specials looking for their value fix. A third knockout in three fights is 2/9 jolly in the method of victory market or there's 5/1 about a points verdict.
Welborn has lost his last two
Opponent Welborn has seen it all before, bringing a professional record reading 24 wins against eight defeats and no draws. Of his wins, only seven have come by way of knockout and he has lost five of eight inside the distance. A strong fighter who will aim to capitalise on his opponent's lack of experience but one expected to be blown away by the younger man. Will Welborn prove to be another stat on Cash's record or can he pull off an upset?
Welborn, 34-year-old and from the West Midlands, has lost each of his last two fights, stopped in four by Jarrett Hurd at the Staples Center in Los Angles on the undercard of Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury's famous draw in late 2018. After getting a taste of boxing at the highest level, Jason returned home determined to get his career back on track, but he was beaten again last time when stopped in eight by James Metcalf last summer.
In what was a scrappy contest, Metcalf was deducted a point in round eight for a low blow but held his concentration and delivered a well-timed body shot in the same round that took the wind from his opponent and ended the fight. Defeat in each of his last two fights explains why Betfair traders are confident enough to offer odds of 17/2 on the underdog.
Cash to score another stoppage
The stats show why Betfair's traders were so keen to keep on the right side of Cash and offer big odds on Welborn. The underdog has endured a tough time of it of late and back-to-back stoppage defeats at 34-years-old suggest we could have already seen the best of him in this sport. Welborn will offer a challenge but this looks a case of how Cash wins.
Jason will use his experience to stay out of trouble, but he has failed to go beyond eight rounds since summer 2018 and those stoppage defeats came at super welterweight. Now at middleweight and against a proven puncher he's expected to struggle. In the round group betting we're taking Cash to win in rounds 5-8 at odds of 7/5 (Betfair Sportsbook).