Kell Brook versus Michael Zerafa Preview and Betting Tips, 8th December 2018

Kell Brook v Michael Zerafa Tips and Betting Offers, Saturday 8th December 2018, FlyDSA Arena, Kick off: 10pm

Could Kell Brook’s 2019 plans get scuppered before the end of the year? He wraps up this year with a clash against Michael Zerafa in Sheffield – potentially his final fight in front of his hometown crowd. A shock loss would ruin his ambitions to step up in the new year, but the odds point to a comfortable win for Special K this weekend.

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Kell Brook v Michael Zerafa Betting Tips

Preview

Brook comes into this one priced at 1/50 with bet365 to win on Saturday. He’s a huge favourite, with Zerafa priced out at 10/1 with Coral to win this clash. Meanwhile, the draw can be found at 33/1 with Ladbrokes. There’s little doubt on who is expected to win here, and the little-known Australian has already been labelled as simply a tune-up opponent for Brook.

It’s been a low profile year for Brook, who is preparing for his second fight of 2018. His win over Sergey Rabchenko in March, and tried to follow that up with a clash against Amir Khan. After two failed to agree terms for a fight, Brook set up this meeting with Zerafa. The Australian has since claimed that he’s going to knock-out Brook and take the big meeting with Khan for himself, which would certainly be a surprise.

It’s clear that Khan is the target for Brook in 2019. He’s unlikely to have another couple of straightforward fights if that’s the case. He’s unlikely to reel in a crowd against sub-standard opposition anywhere else, while he’s already said he’s not coming back to Sheffield. That suggests a change of tactic, assuming he lives up to his favourite tag here.

Betting Verdict

With Brook so heavily backed, value is harder to find in this bout. He’s expected to win comfortably, and we don’t think this one will take too long. Earlier this year he wrapped up a win over Rabchenko in two rounds. All but one of his fights since the start of 2015 have finished in the first half of the 12 rounds, so under 7.5 rounds looks like value at 4/5 with BetVictor.

We also see Brook claiming a win in the fifth round, repeating Zerafa’s last defeat. We don’t expect Brook to come flying out of the blocks, but we do see him claiming a knockout. He’s landed 26 KOs to date, and we’re backing him to land another one in the fifth here. Despite his heavy odds-on price, Brook is 9/1 with Betfair to claim a victory in this one, which we think is great value.

Boxing has been around in some form or other almost as long as humanity itself. When it all started, it hardly stuck to the Marquess of Queensbury Rules, but you can be fairly certain even the earliest organised fights from Ancient Greece and even earlier attracted people betting on the outcome.

Nowadays boxing – and indeed betting on boxing – is big business. As, increasingly, is the more recent phenomenon of UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship, a mixed martial arts organisation).

As such, the bookies have started to come up with some very nice betting offers for the biggest fights in both boxing and UFC. Here we bring you the best boxing betting offers and previews ahead of the next big fight. Check out what’s on offer.

What Boxing Bets Can I Place?

As with most major sports these days, there are literally hundreds of different betting markets offered by the top bookies that you can choose from. We won’t go through them all, but here are the main boxing (and UFC) betting markets.

  • Winner – This is the most popular market and is simply a bet on which of the two fighters will win the bout – or indeed whether it will end in a (rare) draw. The method of victory is not important, it can be by knockout, on points, by disqualification or anything else, the important thing is simply which fighter is declared the winner at the end of the fight.
  • Method of Victory – Often you will find that boxing or UFC fights are very one-sided in the ‘winner’ market so it can pay to look elsewhere to get better odds. The ‘method of victory’ market is a popular alternative to the main ‘winner’ market and allows the punter to pick the fighter they think will win coupled with the method of that win, either KO, TKO, on points, by disqualification or some combination of those. You can often also just pick the method of victory without stating which fighter you think will win, obviously at reduced odds.
  • Round Betting – The ‘round betting’ market can offer some great odds by allowing you to pick in which round your chosen fighter will triumph.
  • Round Group Betting – As above, but here the rounds are grouped (e.g. rounds 4-7 or 8-11 or whatever) to give you a better chance of success, but at reduced odds.
  • Total Rounds – Here you are betting not on which fighter will win but just how long the fight will go on for. These bets are splits into different over/under categories, e.g. over 3.5 rounds (four or more rounds) or under 3.5 rounds (three rounds or fewer).
  • To Be Knocked Down – You can bet on either one of the fighters (or indeed both) to be knocked down at some point during the fight.
  • To Go The Distance – A simple bet on whether or not the fight will go the distance.

What are the different Boxing Weight Classes?

In professional boxing there are 18 recognised weight classes, and though some of these vary between the various sanctioning bodies, most are agreed upon as follows, with the maximum weight limit in kilograms – we’re using the classes as defined by the World Boxing Association (WBA):

  • Heavyweight – Unlimited
  • Cruiserweight – 90.72 kg
  • Light Heavyweight – 79.38 kg
  • Super Middleweight – 76.2 kg
  • Middleweight – 72.57 kg
  • Super Welterweight – 69.85 kg
  • Welterweight – 66.68 kg
  • Super Lightweight – 63.5 kg
  • Lightweight – 61.23 kg
  • Super Featherweight – 58.97 kg
  • Featherweight – 57.15 kg
  • Super Bantamweight – 55.34 kg
  • Bantamweight – 53.52 kg
  • Super Flyweight – 52.16 kg
  • Flyweight – 50.8 kg
  • Light Flyweight – 48.99 kg
  • Minimumweight – 47.63 kg
  • Light Minimumweight – 46.27 kg

When you are betting on boxing or UFC it’s very important to do your homework. Seeking out the betting value is the best way to earn a profit. Of course, using the best free bet offers can help skew the odds in your favour too!