Fight night flutters

Sky Bet's boxing tipster gives his betting advice ahead of another action-packed Fight Night on Saturday.

By Jamie Casey - Follow: @SkyJamieCasey.   Last Updated: 28/02/14 10:35pm

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Fight Night: Our betting tipster is sitting on the fence for the main event, but expects it to go the distance

Fight Night: Our betting tipster is sitting on the fence for the main event, but expects it to go the distance

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Ricky Burns defends his WBO lightweight belt against American Terence Crawford on Saturday, but the Scotsman is the bookmakers' underdog in front of his own crowd.

Glasgow is the scene and Burns is deemed an 11/5 outsider following suspect defences in his last two performances, with Crawford the odds-on favourite at 4/11.

It's Burns' first fight since his dubious draw with Ray Beltran last year and it will be interesting to see how he reacts to the first meaningful connection on the jaw he broke during that performance.

However, one thing the Glasgow-native did impress with against Beltran was his sheer determination to continue, despite being floored and generally out-boxed by the Mexican.

Even if Burns' underdog status is to be proved accurate, he won't be beaten without a putting up a real fight, and he looks decent value to win on points at 3/1, having gone the distance in five of his last nine bouts.

Both men like to fight on the back-foot and are strong on the counter punch, but their similar styles may make this a scrappy spectacle, which is odds-on to be dragged into the latter rounds.

Backing either fighter to win on points looks likely to come in at 8/11, but for a little extra security consider wagering on the fight to go to the 10th round or over at 1/2.

Before Burns takes centre stage, Olympic medalists Anthony Ogogo and Anthony Joshua perform on the same card in little more than exhibition outings in Glasgow, with each rated 1/100 to win.

Greg O'Neill and Hector Alfredo Avila are the 16/1 outsiders in the firing line for Ogogo and Joshua respectively, and the former Team GB stars will cause no concern for your accumulator.

Meanwhile, James DeGale continues his quest for a world title shot in Bristol and he looks another banker at 1/16 to defeat unbeaten but unproven Dutchman Gevorg Khatchikian.

Odds are subject to change

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