Fight fans have a terrestrial TV treat on Friday and our boxing betting expert Frankie Monkhouse previews the main event...
"Theophane has seen it all in boxing during his career and knows more than enough to deal with the inevitable early onslaught from Eggington."
Boxing on terrestrial TV
It's an action-packed end to the year for boxing fans and terrestrial TV viewers are in for a treat on Friday evening. Respected promoter Mick Hennessy for Hennessy Sports brings us a competitive card from the Fly by Night Rehearsal Studios in Redditch.
The exciting Sam Eggington takes on experienced Ashley Theophane over 12 rounds in the main attraction and armchair fans can follow the bout live on Channel Five. This is a match-up that has followers of the noble art excited and the headliner is expected to live up to the hype.
Savage lost last time out
Eggington is a popular figure in British boxing thanks to his unrelenting work-ethic and exciting come-forward style. The 27-year-old from Birmingham brings a record of 28 wins against seven defeats with 17 of his victories coming by way of knockout. He has been stopped twice inside the distance himself, taken out in two rounds by Tanzania's Hassan Mwakinyo and five by Liam Smith.
Savage also tasted defeat in his most recent outing when edged on the scorecards by Ted Cheeseman at the Matchroom Fight Camp in Essex this summer with the IBF international title on the line. It was a bout Cheeseman was expected to win but, as always, Eggington made a nuisance of himself, losing by three rounds on two of the scorecards and one on the other.
The pre-fight betting for this one has Eggington as favourite and that won't come as a surprise to most with their finger on the pulse of British boxing. Users of the Betfair Exchange can back the jolly at odds of 1.211/5. Those after more value for their money may be tempted to play the method of victory where a KO/TKO is 4/6 and a points victory 9/4 on the Sportsbook.
Treasure trove of experience
Theophane's story is an interesting one and he's well known by lovers of the sport. The former British champion is London born but spent a large part of his career based in America where he fought under the Mayweather Promotions banner. Ashley faced Adrien Broner in 2016 for the WBA world title and beat Angino Perez at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas on the same bill Floyd Mayweather Jr beat Marcos Maidana and Amir Khan out-pointed Luis Collazo.
Treasure is about as well-travelled a fighter as you're likely to find in modern boxing. In his last nine bouts, he's fought in Germany, America, Hungary, Ghana, Poland, Mexico, Dubai, Romania, and Denmark. He carries a professional record of 48 wins against eight defeats and one draw, scoring 17 KOs and being stopped only once himself.
Despite that top-level experience, Theophane is priced like winning isn't an option here. Supporters of the underdog will be excited to get him at 5.04/1 on the Exchange. There's plenty of value in that call but if you're after more the points win is 11/2 or the KO/TKO 15/2 with the Sportsbook.
Savage is fresher
Theophane has seen it all in boxing during his career and knows more than enough to deal with the inevitable early onslaught from Sam. The Londoner will want to use his experience and take this one into the later rounds where he hopes Savage will run out of steam.
That's a decent gamble but will Ashley be able to keep up? He's 40-years-old now and hasn't boxed competitively in more than a year. He's had a long, tough career, debuting at the York Hall in 2003. No doubt he had a few sparring wars in the Mayweather gym too. At 27, Eggington is fresher and that bout in August means he's been more active. He should win this on points.