The big show in the UK is Friday night as the SSE Hydro hosts Ricky Burns’ latest world title defense, but a pair of cards on Saturday are getting attention at the sports books. Frank Warren and his Queensbury Promotions are at the Harrow Leisure Centre in London with a big 13-fight card that already has two of the bouts listed at the books. The main event of the evening comes in the super featherweight division as undefeated Liam Walsh (20-0) takes on Andrey Klimov (19-2) in a 12 round bout. Klimov has been on a layoff of more than 15 months, last having fought in June of 2015 and that fight saw him lose to Jose Pedraza with an IBF world title on the line. His only other career loss comes to Terence Crawford, so Klimov has a higher caliber of competition than Walsh. Nevertheless, Walsh will enter the fight a-600 favorite, with Klimov returning at +450. The over/under is set at 9 1/2 with the over paying -300 and the under returning at +220. Walsh has some pop in his mitts with 14 career stoppages and stopping Klimov would be a big accomplishment as the tough Russian has never been KO’d before. The Light Heavyweight 10 rounder for Tom Baker’s BBBofC English belt is also getting attention at the books. The undefeated Baker (14-0) takes on Miles Shinkwin (13-1). The lone loss of Shinkwin’s career came this past February as he lost a bid for the British title against Hosea Burton. Baker is making the first defense of the belt he won this past March when he decisioned Jack Morris. Baker has been installed as the favorite going into the fight paying back at -350, while Shinkwin is returning at +250. There is no over/under posted for this one, but the fight is likely going the distance as neither man is known for his punching power. Europa Hotel – Belfast, Northern Ireland Lightweight 8 rounds – Felix Lora +1000 Paul Hyland Jr -2000 Note: Hyland Jr (12-0) is the hometown fighter here and this fight is designed to get him to win #13. Lora is a veteran out of Spain with a 19-20-5 overall record.Some listings for Hyland’s fight have Lora being replaced by Nelson Altamirano (10-7-2) of Nicaragua. Regardless of the opponent, don’t look for the odds to get anymore competitive in this one as the 26 year old Hyland Jr is on track for ring time and a win in this one.
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