Nicola Adams v Maria Salinas: Lioness fighting with pride on the main stage

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Nicola Adams aims to win the WBO world title proper and Betfair's Frankie Monkhouse expects her to put on a show...

"The Lioness was last seen outpointing another Mexican in Isabel Millan at the Leicester Arena in October last year."

Nicola Adams v Maria Salinas
Friday, 21:00
Live on BT Sport

Shooting for the stars

Undefeated Yorkshire scrapper Nicola Adams takes part in what will be her sixth professional contest on Friday night when facing Mexico's Maria Salinas over 10 rounds on the undercard of Dubois v Tetteh.

Adams may only have 21 professional rounds under her belt, but she has been fast-tracked to the top of the flyweight title. Victory at the Royal Albert Hall will see The Lioness win the WBO world title proper, having picked up the interim version last time out. The betting asks punters to predict how the Brit wins.

Adams in a hurry

Nicola Adams enjoyed a glittering amateur career and her achievements in the unpaid ranks has allowed promoters to push her to the front of the queue for major honours. At 36 years old her need to get a move on is obvious but the 5ft 4inch orthodox boxer from Leeds has passed every test put to her so far with flying colours. She has won each of her previous five, claiming three inside the distance. It's worth noting those stoppages came inside three rounds. Keep that in mind when preparing your bets.

The Lioness was last seen outpointing another Mexican in Isabel Millan at the Leicester Arena in October last year when featuring on the Jack Catterall - Ohara Davies card. She won by margins of four rounds, four rounds and two rounds on the scorecards. That win saw Adams win the interim WBO strap, but she hasn't featured in almost a year since. Will that extended period of inactivity put backers off taking her as a short-priced favourite?

The fight winner betting pushes punters into the specials markets as Nicola Adams to win the fight is no better than 1/25 when playing the Betfair Sportsbook. Another points cheer makes more appeal at 8/11 while a fourth stoppage in six is 11/8. The latter is sure to be popular with casual backers looking for an interest at decent odds and followers will certainly have the form on their side.

Salinas has championship experience

You'd be forgiven for not knowing too much about the career of Mexican female flyweight Maria Salinas, but no one is going to hold that against you. The 30-year-old from Saltillo has an impressive record detailing 21 wins against seven defeats and three draws. That makes her much the more experienced fighter of the two in the ring.

Polvorita has stopped only seven of her previous opponents, resulting in a lowly 23% KO average, so it's obvious how she should approach this title fight. The 5ft southpaw has been stopped once in a career stretching back to 2008 and that came more than three years ago. Since being dropped in three by Kenia Enriquez for the WBC flyweight title, Salinas has won six of her seven comeback bouts, four of them on points.

The away fighter was last seen scoring a wide margin points win over Kandy Sandoval, a result that pushed her back into contention for major honours. Betfair traders believe this will prove a wasted trip for Maria and have been bold enough to offer a market best price of 10/1 on her winning. Those who are siding with the upset can push their luck a little further and take a chance on the points cheer at 33/1. Attractive, but we're not expecting that selection to feature on too many bet slips.

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