The Opening Round: Franchon Crews-Dezurn v Savannah Marshall
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Saturday night promises so, so much.
A unique opportunity for two of British boxing’s female trail-blazers to inscribe their names yet deeper into the fighting game’s history book.
Savannah Marshall and Natasha Jonas have already reached the summit of their profession in becoming bona-fide world champions.
But both have the chance to join even more exclusive company by establishing themselves as two-weight world title holders when they co-headline BOXXER’s latest fight card within the confines of Manchester’s history-steeped AO Arena.
Victory for 2/9 betting favourite Marshall, over the brash and confident Franchon Crews-Dezurn, would see her make a successful and statement-like transition up to the super-middleweight division as she bids to become the latest undisputed world title holder from these shores.
Katie Taylor and, more recently, Chantelle Cameron have fully unified their respective weight classes, and the Hartlepool native, who fell just short against Claressa Shields back in October, will be desperately hoping to follow the same path to boxing greatness.
Miss GB, Natasha Jonas, on the other hand, makes her long-awaited return to in-ring action on the back of a sensational and historic 2022.
She reigned supreme in all three of her fights throughout the calendar year – picking up world titles in each – en-route to becoming the first woman to be crowned the British Boxing Board of Control’s Fighter of the Year.
Jonas (1/12) drops down to welterweight this weekend to tackle Canada’s 7/1 outsider Kandi Wyatt, hoping to make it a quartet of legacy-defining occasions by capturing the vacant 147lb IBF title and further extending her remarkable hot-streak.
“I’m backing both Savannah Marshall and Nathasha Jonas to prevail this weekend and ensure another momentous night for women’s boxing in Britain,” bet365’s resident boxing tipster Rob Tebbutt told their Sports & Betting News site.
“Franchon Crews-Dezurn is very open, she is easy to hit, can be very sloppy and will leave a lot of gaps for Savannah Marshall to exploit, which doesn’t bode well against a good puncher and somebody who undoubtedly carries that knockout power.
“Pound-for-pound, she is arguably the hardest hitting fighter across all of women’s boxing, and I feel she will get the stoppage on Saturday night, which has been BOOSTED to 11/2.”
Watch the full Crews-Dezurn v Marshall tipping video HERE
“Meanwhile, Kandi Wyatt is somebody that we have seen before against the likes of Jessica McCaskill and Christina Linardatou, but in both of those bouts she was stopped and looked pretty much out of her depth.
“So I do expect Natasha Jonas to add another stoppage loss to the Canadian’s résumé and pick up the IBF welterweight title via stoppage, at 4/6, on what should be yet another memorable occasion for the impressive Liverpudlian.”
Watch the full Jonas v Wyatt tipping video HERE
bet365’s Boxing Compiler and trader Ian Vickers shares Tebbutt’s opinion on both fights and says that punters have really started to jump onboard the long-odds play of Marshall delivering a statement knockout in Saturday evening’s bill-topping bout.
“Savannah was priced at 2/7 to win this fight when we went live with the outright markets a little while ago and has been backed into 2/9 now, so she is being well-backed, especially by customers within the United Kingdom,” he said.
“In terms of women’s boxing, Marshall is one of the true knockout artists, having stopped eight opponents in succession prior to her wide-points loss against Shields at the O2 Arena back in October.
“That said, a Marshall win on the scorecards has been backed into 4/9 from 1/2 so there has been a little bit of movement there, and as Rob Tebbutt has mentioned we have BOOSTED the Hartlepool native to notch up another stoppage victory to 11/2, from 5/1.
“A lot of people will look at her record, and will quite fancy the KO. There are plenty of customers in the North East, particularly the Cleveland area, which is her neck of the woods, really getting on the stoppage, so that is clearly carrying some appeal.”
Read Ian Vickers’ Market Movers article, and gauge his extended thoughts ahead of this weekend’s main event HERE.
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