Boxing is back and there is a pretty good show this weekend from the United Kingdom at the BT Sport Studio in London.
The main event is for a heavyweight world title but there is another fight on this card that has really intrigued me. I will tell you guys right now.
The boxing match between Joe Hughes and Sam Maxwell could be a fight of the year candidate.
The undefeated technician Sam Maxwell is getting the biggest step up in competition he’s ever had, kind of.
Glancing at the 13-fight professional career of Sam Maxwell, there aren’t a lot of massive names that jump off the page at me.
Google knows how much I love watching Vasyl Lomachenko so when I began to research Maxwell, I learned that he fought the Ukrainian phenom not once but twice!
It was in the army ranks but on the world series of boxing show. He went 5 rounds with Vasyl in each fight. Not bad!
His opponent on Saturday, Joe Hughes, is one of the most respected fighters in all of the UK.
Joe was born with Erb’s palsy after suffering a separated shoulder at birth. This did nerve damage and as a result, his right arm is 3 inches shorter than his left. The classic story ensued.
If you’ve ever seen Hughes fight, you can tell that he is 90% a one armed man out there. He stands orthodox and uses his lead hand for both speed and power.
Let’s look at the betting odds from the online sportsbook BetOnline.AG for these two fighters and make our predictions on the winner.
Sam Maxwell (-150) vs Joe Hughes (+130)
As you might expect, the undefeated fighter is the favorite here.
Sam Maxwell, 13-0 with 11 KO’s, is an affordable betting favorite if that’s the direction you want to go.
He really is a technician. Sam is long and his seamless style lends itself to accuracy and with surprisingly heavy hands, people go down.
When you see Hughes throw a power shot, on the other hand, it’s still pretty but the movement is much more violent.
Hughes’s story is without a doubt something special and seeing him at just (+130) odds, you naturally get tempted to throw some cash on him. I get it.
I will tell you that I have seen Sam Maxwell dropped and hurt badly by not the biggest or most technical guy ever in Sabri Sediri.
Other than De La Hoya, who gave Floyd Mayweather the hardest time?
Late in his career, it’s hard to argue against Marcos Maidana.
Now, we know that Maidana is not very technical at all but that works in his favor against a guy who knows every page of the entire book. That’s because Marcos had his own book.
The circumstances are quite different but Joe Hughes has written his own book and both low and high-level fighters always tend to look bad against him.
See how you want to get behind Joe here? He is 17-5 but he has one win in his last 6 bouts.
Hughes has proven his heart and even though it was back in 2013, his time fighting with Vasyl Lomachenko will benefit him forever.
Joe Hughes has never been stopped so Maxwell might have to grind out a decision but I believe he has the superior technical skills and physical attributes to do so.
This is a really cool fight here.
I’m glad we could get you guys some action on it.
Remember, this one is live from the UK and those in the states will have to catch it in the early afternoon.
Anytime you get the chance to see a guy like Joe Hughes lace them up, you have to take it.
As far as betting on him this Saturday, though, that might be a chance you don’t want to take.
He has lost 4 of his last 6 fights with a draw thrown in there so if his promoter wanted to give him a step down in order to build some confidence back, he would have.
They are giving him an undefeated Lionheart of a fighter, though, who may bring some things to the table that are too much for Hughes to handle.