Fury v Wilder Undercard: Helenius and Sanchez value for knockout wins

Boxer Robert Helenius
Robert Helenius has the experience and power to score another knockout win

Betfair's boxing writer Frankie Monkhouse picks out the value and recommends tips on the undercard on a knockout night of action in Las Vegas...

"The win for Helenius over Kowaki in March 2020 was by no means a fluke, and he can do it again."

Best of the rest

On Saturday, Tyson Fury v Deontay Wilder III headlines Top Rank's night of professional boxing from the T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas. The WBC title is on the line as the Gypsy King aims to stretch his unbeaten run over the Bronze Bomber to three with another victory.

We have covered the main event in detail, and you can find our Fury v Wilder betting preview and predictions here.

But the Fury v Wilder trilogy isn't the only bout of note on the card put together by legendary promoter Bob Arum. Ten fights make up the programme, with three for recognised and respected titles. An action-packed evening of hard-hitting professional boxing awaits, and you can follow the show live on BT Sport Box Office into the early hours of Sunday morning UK time.

Now let's pick through the undercard, selecting the best of the evening's support bouts and flag up any betting value worth paying attention to.

Robert Helenius v Adam Kowacki

The big fights often bring out the experts with strong predictions slipped into long stories about how they could have had a glittering amateur or - the worse types - semi-pro career if it hadn't been for an injury.

If you ever come across someone claiming to be a heavyweight boxing expert, ask them about Robert Helenius. Any follower of the noble art's top division knows and appreciates The Nordic Nightmare.

Helenius has a 30-3-0 record with 19 KO wins and two stoppage defeats. His list of victims includes British heavyweights Derek Chisora and Michael Sprott. He also took Dillian Whyte to points in 2017. In his last fight, he finished Adam Kowacki in round four. That was The Polish fighter's first career defeat, but he's back for more.

Helenius has raw power and knows enough defensively to get through the early onslaught that is guaranteed to come from a revved-up BabyFace who now has a 20-1-0 record. The win for Helenius over Kowaki in March 2020 was by no means a fluke, and he can do it again. Back Helenius for victory on the Betfair Exchange at a cracking 2.68/5 which is much more attractive than the 1.548/15 trading for a Kowacki win.

Efe Ajagba v Frank Sanchez

A mouthwatering meeting of two unbeaten fighters with the WBC Continental and WBO NABO heavyweight titles on the line. This bout has all the ingredients of a thriller, and it will go close to standing out as the best from the undercard. The winner won't only claim ownership of two respected titles; they will catapult themselves up through the world rankings and closer to a dream shot at the winner of Fury v Wilder.

Ajagba is a 6ft 6inch Nigerian living in Texas with a perfect 15-fight CV and a dozen knockouts on his record. The 27-year-old was last seen taking out Brian Howard in three rounds, but that followed a ninth-round TKO and 10-round points victory. Despite his form and power, Ajagba is 2.68/5 in the fight winner market.

Opponent Sanchez is a Cuban star now boxing professionally and living in Florida. Due to circumstances in their country, few Cubans turn professional, but when they do you know they are special. Sanchez certainly fits that bill. He is 18-0-0 with 13 KOs and stands at 6'4 tall. Another hard-hitting giant of a man. He, too, stopped his most recent opponent but is a more technical boxer than Ajagba, and that will make the difference.

The longer this bout goes, the more chance of The Cuban Flash winning at 1.635/8. A late knockout is predicted at a decent price.

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