Predictions: Selby v Warrington / Stevenson v Jack / Russell v Diaz
World Boxing News looks forward to a packed night of action on Saturday with predictions for the three world title fights on offer.
In England, Lee Selby defends his featherweight title, whilst in across the Atlantic in Canada and the United States capital of Washington, Adonis Stevenson faces Badou Jack and Gary Russell battles Joseph Diaz – both with WBC championships on the line at light-heavyweight and featherweight respectively.
Here are the WBN picks for Saturday night:
Selby v Warrington
There’s no doubt where the class is in this fight as Selby is a seasoned champion who has recently defended in both his homeland and the United States. Selby is slick and has the skills to out-fox Warrington, who may have to use all of his grit and determination to even make it to the final bell.
Selby is not a known knockout artist, maybe disregarding a couple of his victories, but an accumulation of punches, coupled with the ill feeling between both men – could cancel out the advantage of the crowd in Warrington’s favor.
Prediction: Selby TKO 7-9 rounds
Stevenson v Jack
Both men have been known to hit hard, but with Jack moving into Stevenson’s long-reigning weight-class, the thinking would initially be to pick a ‘Superman’ KO in spectacular fashion.
Given recent form, Stevenson’s age and recent opposition, coupled with Jack’s own admission that weight was a factor at the lower 168 pound limit, and a stunning upset could be on the cards in Toronto.
Prediction: Jack TKO 6-12 rounds
Russell v Diaz
Another case of a more experienced champion taking on a challenger being groomed to rule the world. Russell is known to blow hot and cold despite obvious talent, whilst Diaz has always looked destined to be a world title holder.
Diaz should be able to turn the tables on the bookies and take the WBC title via a late stoppage or a decision victory.
Prediction: Diaz UD
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