Richard Riakporhe v Tommy McCarthy: Undercard battle to upstage the main event
Punters have a night of championship boxing as the Sky Sports cameras travel to Peterborough and Betfair's Frankie Monkhouse believes he has a bet worth following on the undercard...
"We’d say take the better price in what’s sure to be a competitive match"
Best and brightest
Sky Sports bring us an evening of championship boxing from the East of England Arena, Peterborough this weekend as some of Britain's best and brightest prospects chase ranking titles in front of an increased audience.
Leigh Wood meets Abraham Osei Bonsu for the vacant Commonwealth featherweight title over 12 rounds in a top-of-the-bill tussle after Jordan Gill and Emmanuel Dominguez decide the vacant WBA International featherweight strap in the chief support.
Both Englishmen are red hot favourites in the betting, but we do have a competitive contest on the undercard as Tommy McCarthy and Richard Riakporhe do battle to decide the vacant WBA Inter-Continental title at cruiserweight and there's value to be had if betting on the outcome.
Riakporhe unbeaten in eight
Londoner Richard Riakporhe may only have eight bouts on his card going into the biggest fight of his professional career but he has passed each of the tests put to him so far with flying colours and looks to be in the fast lane to success. The Walworth native made his professional debut with a four-round points win over Jason Jones (0-6-0) at the York Hall, Bethnal Green in the summer of 2016 and has progressed since.
The 6ft 5in orthodox boxer beat Sam Hyde in round eight of a match scheduled for 10 last time out at the Manchester Arena on the undercard of Usyk v Bellew. That rates as his best win to date. He'll face another step up in class here but Betfair traders expect him to have his hands full and make Riakporhe second favourite in the fight winner market, offering a market best price evens on the sportsbook. An eighth KO/TKO win in nine catches the eye at 2/1, with the points cheer 9/2, both quotes taken from the Betfair Sportsbook.
McCarthy's experience vital
Opponent Tommy McCarthy heads into this tantalising 50/50 match-up with a record reading 13 wins against one defeat. The 28-year-old Londoner fighting out of Belfast suffered the spare when dropping a points decision to Matty Askin in Manchester over 12 rounds. He was down twice that evening before holding on to hear the final bell but has had no trouble getting his career back on track with a run of comeback victories.
McCarthy, standing 6ft 2in tall, returned to stop Peter Hegyes (8-16-0) inside a round before going on to beat Blaise Mendouo (4-7-0), Kent Kauppinen (0-5-0) and Jiri Svacina (13-33-0) all on points. Those wins have edged him back up the rankings and traders seem impressed, chalking a McCarthy win up on the board as 4/5 favourite (Betfair Sportsbook). Another points verdict looks his best chance at 13/8, the KO/TKO 4/1.
Take the value
As is often the case, we'd say take the better price in what's sure to be a competitive match. It's surprising to see McCarthy as favourite and the market looks to be upside down. The jolly hasn't faced a dangerous opponent since Askin and he was well beaten that night. There's no disgrace in that result, of course, but he'll find things much more difficult when in with a man who has hopes and dreams of his own.
Riakporhe seems to be getting better with every fight and although he won't get things all his own way in Peterborough, he has momentum behind his work and the confidence that comes with that should be enough to see him upset the odds. Riakporhe at evens on the Betfair Sportsbook is a cracking bet and there's more than enough in that price to hold our interest in this undercard bout.