By James Slater
Jamie Moore, the former British, Commonwealth and European light-middleweight ruler, is today a fan favourite on the TV screen thanks to his great work on Sky Sports’ Ringside show. A self-confessed ‘anorak,’ when it comes to studying the sport of boxing, Moore has proven he is adept at breaking down a fight and predicting a winner. That said, “Mooresey,” gives Fightnews.com his pre-fight prediction on the fight everyone is talking about right now: the Mikkel Kessler-Carl Froch rematch set for Saturday night at a long ago sold-out 02 in London:
“I really do fancy Carl Froch to do it,” Moore told Fightnews.com. “I think the inactivity will hurt Mikkel Kessler, even though he had that good win over Brian Magee (TKO3 last December). But Froch is in his prime in a sense. He just seems to be a different animal now compared to the first fight three years ago. And Froch had a few problems going into the first fight with Kessler – the ash cloud for example. This time he has home advantage and that can be a big, big difference in a fight.
“I think it will be nip and tuck early on, until the middle rounds, then I fancy Froch to come on to stop Kessler later. I go for Froch to win by stoppage between the 9th and 10th-rounds.”
Moore also gave his pre-fight thoughts on the Tony Bellew-Isaac Chilemba rematch that will go ahead on the undercard.
“I think Tony fought the wrong fight the first time, he allowed Chilemba to box his fight. This time, it’s up to Bellew to come out and make it his fight. If he can do that, and take it to Chilemba, I think he can maybe stop him this time. But it could be another long fight. Chilemba is a clever boxer.”
The current odds for the big fight prove interesting, with William Hill offering the following:
Froch is 1/2Kessler is 7/4 and a draw is listed at 18/1.
For round betting, Froch is 16/1 to stop Kessler in rounds 1 through 3, “The Cobra” is 9/1 to stop Kessler in rounds four through six, the IBF king is 8/1 to halt Kessler in the seventh through ninth, and Froch is 10/1 to score a late stoppage in the 10th, 11th or 12th. Froch on points can be betted on at 11/8.
Kessler is currently listed at 20/1 to stop Froch from rounds one through three, “The Viking Warrior” is priced at 14/1 to stop Froch in the fourth through sixth, the Dane is 12/1 to win through rounds seven and nine, and the visiting warrior is listed at 14/1 to halt his rival in the tenth through 12th round. A Kessler points victory can be betted on at 7/2.