Martin Joseph WardPromoter Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing have booked London’s venerable York Hall this Saturday for a seven fight boxing card headlined by the British Super Featherweight title eliminator between Martin Joseph Ward and Maxi Hughes. The line for that ten rounder has been up at the books for a bit now, and sees Ward favored at (-270), with the comeback on Hughes sitting at (+230). Lines for five of the remaining six fights popped up at 5Dimes Sportsbook in the last 24 hours, though none of the fights have an over/under bet available. At Lightweight in a bout scheduled for six rounds, undefeated (3-0) Ohara Davies is a massive favorite (-4800) over veteran Oszkar Fiko, who pays back (+1600). The remaining bouts with lines are all in the Lightweight division and scheduled for three rounds. They are part of the Prizefighter tournament, where the winners of the bouts advance to a second round of elimination before leaving two men for the finals. The winner of the finals will have won three fights in one night, and the short three round format has a tendency to quicken the pace and adds to the tension. Matchmaker Eddie Bowers has put together a good mix of talent,blending veteran fighters with repuatations and name recognition in there with up and comers. Below are the lines being offered for the 3rd Prizefighter Lightweight tournament. In what on papaer is the closest match of the evening, Lee Martin is paying (-105) while his opponent Craig Whyatt is paying (-115). Both men are at roughly the same stage in their careers, and both are coming off setbacks in their last fights. Whyatt is a little more experienced, as his last outing was for a BBBofC regional belt, while Martin was KO’d in his last outing, which was his first attempt at an eight rounder. Young Jono Carroll is (3-0) at this point in his career, but he is the underdog at (+180) as he faces the very experienced Stephen Foster. Foster, who pays back at (-220), is a veteran of 14 years and roughly 40 fights, many of them for belts. He has kept a fine record of (33-5-1) over his career, but at 34 years old, he is also giving up 12 years to Carroll. Carroll, an Australian of Irish descent, is on many people’s radar as a prospect to watch, but this is a stiff test for him. Cassius Danny Connor is a slight favorite at (-165) over Michael Devine, who pays back (+145). Devine has a solid (11-1-1) overall record, with the lone draw coming when his scheduled 10 rounder with Cassius Connor was stopped in the second round because of an accidental headbutt. Presumably, the moe experienced Connor (11-8-2) was doing well enough to warrant being the favorite, but the first fight was not long enough for things to really develop. The last of the quarter-final bouts features Floyd Moore as the underdog (+175) as he faces Gary Buckland, one of the tournaments most experienced fighters, who is paying back (-210). Buckland has long held titles at the British and EU level, with his best run coming at Super Featherweight. he hit a rough patch where he has lost 3 of his last 4, but one of the losses and the the lone win are over Gavin Rees (38-4-1) so he has a wide advantage in terms of experience. This is a card to keep an eye on, as the book may post odds on the semi-finals and the finals once the outcome of the quarter finals are all hashed out.


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