Lightweight Boxing Predictions

Read our boxing predictions for fights taking place within the following weight divisions:

  • Super lightweight – 140 lb / 63.5 kg / 10 st
  • Lightweight – 135 lb / 61.23 kg / 9 st 9
  • Super featherweight – 130 lb / 58.97 kg / 9 st 4
  • Featherweight – 126 lb / 57.15 kg / 9 st
  • Super bantamweight – 122 lb / 55.34 kg / 8 st 10
  • Bantamweight – 118 lb / 53.52 kg / 8 st 6


25th May 2018 – Jamie MacDonnel vs. Naoya Inoue

Our prediction: Inoue to win outright

MacDonnell is biting off an awful lot even for someone with balls his size. Having agreed to defend his title in the backyard of a viscous knockout artist the Yorkshire champion has earned himself an all-out war. Inoue is a spectacular puncher for his size and even with an evident deficit in reach and height, he seems to know how floor opponents one after the next. Unfortunately for Jamie, we think he’ll be leaving Japan empty handed except for a massive shiner. KO to Inoue.

19th May 2018 – Lee Selby vs Josh Warrington

Our prediction: Selby to win outright

The Welsh Mayweather is on the road again, this time entering the lair of Leeds’ talisman Josh Warrington, the winner of which will no doubt slide closer to facing Frampton for serious boxing kudos. Despite having a home advantage, we feel this high level event will be too overwhelming for Warrington. Selby is too slick an operator to succumb to a dogfight and will expose the plucky challenger who may expose flaws in fighting with his heart on his sleeve. Selby on points after 12 rounds.

12th May 2018 – Vasyl Lomachenko vs. Jorge Linares

Our prediction: Lomachenko via TKO/KO

The question on everyone’s lips is whether Lomachenko will be able to inflict the same level of damage on Linares as his former opponents after moving up in weight. In his last four fights Hi-Tech has forced his his foes to retire on their stall, a move which King Jorge has stated he won’t be troubled by. We see this fight taking no time whatsoever to hit its groove with Lomachenko setting the pace. Expect Linares to be stopped late in the fight, either via a cut which he is prone to or simply being ruthlessly outboxed.

5th May 2018 – Luke Campbell vs. Troy James

Our prediction: Luke Campbell by TKO

Yorkshire’s Olympic medalist Luke Campbell returns to the ring after an eight-month lay-off on the Bellew vs. Haye undercard. Eddie Hearn introduced this lightweight contest at short notice and these situations almost always equate to short, sharp victories for the favourite. We know little about the potential of Campbell’s opponent Troy James in that he is a domestic level fighter at best. Campbell should make light work of this six-round contest without breaking sweat.

21st Apr. 2018 – Carl Frampton vs Nonito Donaire

Our prediction: Frampton to win outright

A win in Frampton’s next fight should map his way back to the top of the featherweight division. The Northern Irish former champion is due a start-studded performance and we expect he won’t disappoint in Belfast. His opponent Donaire is quick off the blocks and knows how to take a whack, however age will reveal whether he can match Frampton for speed and power. We’ll take Frampton on a majority decision, although we see him taking seven to eight rounds with ease.

10th Mar. 2018 – Scott Quigg vs. Oscar Valdez 

Our prediction: Valdez to win outright

Quigg is biting off an awful lot in expecting to overcome a seasoned Mexican fighter in his US debut. He has backing from trainer Freddie Roach yet Valdez is a beast at this weight division. It might not be enough to see him through the fight. Our gut instinct says Valdez takes this by points, although we are secretly hoping for Quigg to prove us wrong on the night.

 10th Mar. 2018 – Mikey Garcia vs. Sergey Lipinets 

Our prediction – Mikey Garcia to win via TKO/KO

Mikey Garcia is the clear favourite of the bookmakers’ for a reason. He’s technically superior to his European opposition in every way: faster, stronger and smarter in the ring. And that’s why we’re backing the American to be crowned the winner for this lightweight bout. Our prediction is for Garcia to win by a late stoppage after toying with Lipinets during the early rounds.