Money on Magee?

Magee well backed, but no such support for odds-on DeGale

By @skyjamiecasey.   Last Updated: 07/12/12 5:08pm

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Brian Magee (right) takes on overwhelming favourite  Mikkel Kessler in Denmark

Brian Magee (right) takes on overwhelming favourite Mikkel Kessler in Denmark

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Brian Magee makes the first defence of his WBA world super-middleweight title against Mikkel Kessler as Sky Bet's 11/2 underdog on Saturday night, live on Sky Sports 1 HD.

The Northern Irishman goes toe-to-toe with Kessler in the Dane's own backyard, his third fight in Denmark in a soon-to-be 42-fight career, with the 'Viking Warrior' 1/9 on to win outright.

Having fought in Canada, Costa Rica and Germany too, Magee has no shortage of support across the globe, and Sky Bet have received almost double the amount of wagers on the 37-year-old compared to his opponent.

Although no fighter likes to go to the cards against a home favourite, Magee may have to go the distance if he is to snatch victory here. A knockdown may be required, but he's 4/1 to win on points after 12 rounds.

If there's one thing Magee is it's durable, with Romanian Lucian Bute - now a light heavyweight - taking 10 rounds to force a TKO in Montreal last year in what was one of four defeats on the southpaw's record.

Thus, Kessler to win in rounds 10-12 is excellent value at 11/2, at least in prospect, although more punters have favoured our odds of 3/1 for the Dane to win between rounds 7-9 in our 'Grouped Round' betting market.

And if you can't decide which fighter you want to back, we've plenty of options in our 'Either Fighter Wins' market, with either to win in rounds 10-12 the punter's pick of the bunch at 9/2.

Also on Saturday night, European super middleweight champion James DeGale takes on Colombian Fulgencio Zuniga for the WBC silver Championship at the Hull Sports Arena.

Zuniga is known for possessing great speed for a middleweight, but with six defeats on his professional record, including Kelly Pavlik and the aforementioned Bute, he can ill afford to lose another.

However, he's a 6/1 outside shot, with home favourite DeGale 1/12 on, but most of the pre-fight wagers are going on the Colombian, at least in our outright market.

The value lies elsewhere, though, with only three of DeGale's 14 professional fights reaching double figures. Sky Bet offers 13/8 for there to be under 10 rounds in our Over/Under market.

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