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The Hookmaker Returns: Test The Bookies' Whiskers With The Balls.ie Boxing Accumulator

The Hookmaker Returns: Test The Bookies' Whiskers With The Balls.ie Boxing Accumulator
By Gavan Casey

After a six-fight, 10/1 clean sweep made us rich beyond our wildest dreams during the last big boxing weekend back in January, The Hookmaker is back by popular demand. And we're looking to go one better.

Let's cut the bullshit and get this done. Seven fights. Seven picks. 20/1. Back it, or forever hold your silence.

Here's what we're picking (odds via Ladbrokes):

Charlie Edwards - KO or TKO or Disqualification vs Luke Wilton: 1/4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xrTbzVoQk1w

On the Frampton - Quigg undercard, undefeated 23-year-old prospect Charlie Edwards should dispatch of Belfast's popular Wilton, 16-4-1, who hasn't fought since May 2014 and was stopped just two fights ago by Lee Haskins.

This fight is a British title eliminator, so 'Winky' Wilton will be fully-prepared, but the 6-0 Edwards should be brimming with confidence after downing Phil Smith back in November.

Ryan Burnett - KO or TKO or Disqualification vs Anthony Settoul: 1/4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U8wuRPCeAvo

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Belfast man Burnett is one of the hottest prospects in Irish and British boxing, picking up a WBO European belt and a British title in his last two fights. Still just 23, the 12-0 Burnett has amassed nine knockouts in his career to date. On the back of a comprehensive points victory over veteran Jason Booth, Burnett faces the 21-4 Frenchman Anthony Settoul as part of the televised coverage of Frampton vs Quigg on Saturday night.

With two defeats in his last four fights, including one stoppage (albeit to former pound-for-pound superstar Nonito Donaire), Settoul will struggle to come to grips with his more talented opponent and should be out of there by the middle stanzas.

Gavin McDonnell - By Decision or Technical Decision vs Jorge Sanchez: 8/11

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-8F_Xnm1Z8o

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Brother of the current WBA bantamweight champion, Doncaster's Gavin McDonnell takes on fellow undefeated prospect Jorge Sanchez of Panama. With just four knockouts in his 14 victories to date, McDonnell should easily outpoint his 15-0 opponent who sports a padded record and has never fought outside his homeland.

Marco Huck By Decision or Technical Decision vs Ola Olafabi: Evens

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9EKcWFgg26o

Former world cruiserweight champion and heavyweight title challenger Marco Huck of Germany has already fought Ola Olafabi three times, winning decisions in 2009 and 2013, and drawing in 2012.

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Evens for him repeating his decision victories over the 35-year-old Londoner - who himself has never been stopped - is more than decent, and likely a direct result of Huck being stopped by Krzysztof Glowacki last time out. It shouldn't prevent him from returning to old ways and getting the job done tomorrow night.

Carl Frampton - By Decision or Technical Decision vs Scott Quigg: 13/8

I broke this fight down in greater detail earlier this evening and explained why I feel the Belfast man has the edge tomorrow night.

Leo Santa Cruz - To Beat Kiko Martinez: 1/16

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uNUgwsOcMjE

Bull-like Spaniard Martinez was felled in two rounds by Scott Quigg last July, and the man who Carl Frampton dethroned to become IBF World super-bantamweight champion back in 2014 might well be a spent force at the top level of the sport.

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With any other fighter in a similar position, I'd back Leo Santa Cruz - a long-mooted future opponent of Frampton's - to get the job done inside the distance at 4/9 (which increases the odds of this sevenfold to 27/1). But Kiko was written off having been stopped by Frampton inside nine rounds during their original match in 2013, before rebounding with a sensational stoppage of Jeffrey Mathebula for the IBF title just 10 months later. He probably won't upset the undefeated Santa Cruz, but Martinez is a survivor. Santa Cruz simply to win strikes as the safest option.

Terence Crawford - KO or TKO or Disqualification vs Hank Lundy: 2/5

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALbs5nyxI40

Pound-for-pound talent Terrence 'Bud' Crawford has captured the imagination of the boxing world in the past two years with a string of sensational performances, not least his destruction of previously undefeated Yuriorkis Gamboa in the summer of 2014.

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The 27-0 (19KOs) Bud defends his WBO light-welterweight title vs the Henry 'Hank' Lundy, 26-5-1, who has lost four of his last eight fights, and has been stopped before. The likeable Lundy is not deserving of a title shot, and he'll be blitzed at Madison Square Garden tomorrow night.

The Hookmaker

Charlie Edwards - KO or TKO or Disqualification vs Luke Wilton: 1/4

Ryan Burnett - KO or TKO or Disqualification vs Anthony Settoul: 1/4

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Gavin McDonnell - By Decision or Technical Decision vs Jorge Sanchez: 8/11

Marco Huck By Decision or Technical Decision vs Ola Olafabi: Evens

Carl Frampton - By Decision or Technical Decision vs Scott Quigg: 13/8

Leo Santa Cruz - To Beat Kiko Martinez: 1/16

Terence Crawford - KO or TKO or Disqualification vs Hank Lundy: 2/5

€10 returns close to €200 over at Ladbrokes.

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