Josh Taylor vs. Ryan Martin Prediction, Betting Odds and Tips

Check out our online fight preview for Josh Taylor vs. Ryan Martin in the super light-weight division of the World Boxing Super Series tournament. 

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Fight Preview

Taylor and Martin clash this weekend to decide who advances to the second semi-final of the World Boxing Super Series tournament. Lying in wait is Ivan Baranchyk, who defeated Anthony Yigit last weekend. The winner of that bout will go on to face either Regis Prograis or Kiryl Relikh who meet in the other half of the tournament draw.

Josh Taylorvs.Ryan Martin
27Age25
United KingdomBirthplaceUnited States
178 cmHeight180 cm
13-0-0Record22-0-0
85KO %72
W W W W WLast five fightsW W W W W

The fight takes place on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at the SECC Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland. Expect the ringwalks to commence around 10pm local time. Viewers in the UK can catch all the action via the World Boxing Super Series YouTube platform or channel hop through available streaming sites. (The 2018 WBSS is notorious for poor coverage so good luck with that!)

 

Taylor vs. Martin Betting Odds and Tips

The current lay of the odds for Taylor to win sits at 1/10, quite a far-fetched assumption from the bookmakers if you ask us. The Tartan Tornado is undoubtedly a hot prospect but writing off Martin who is 5/1 to win outright is a kick in the teeth for the unbeaten American.

Josh Taylor to win by KO/TKO

The Tartan Tornado usually starts fights crisp by throwing smart combinations with conviction. A stellar record of eleven knockouts and forced stoppages is testimony to how well he creeps within his opponents’ range and finds openings in the blink of an eye. If Taylor is in the mood on the night then Blue Chip leaves the arena with not only his first professional loss, but by tasting canvas on the way out.

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Josh Taylor to win by decision

As we saw with Prograis’s masterclass last weekend, sealing the win is the primary goal and the knockout is just a sexy bonus. This is a tournament after all, not an isolated title fight with a rematch clause.

Martin could cut a frustrating figure for the Scotsman on the night, and there’s every chance Taylor has o settle for a decision from the judges scorecards. Should this plot-line develop, it’s hard to see past a unanimous win for the McGuigan camp.

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Fight to go the distance

Taylor doesn’t have a strong history of going the full 12 rounds, but this is par for the course when trailblazing through domestic opposition. Knockouts are far easier to come by. When fighters of Taylor’s calibre step into the ring with boxers who also carry no losses, the challenge of forcing a stoppage grows in difficulty.

Ryan Martin has a mixed bag of winning outcomes throughout his pro career. The man they call Blue Chip has gone the distance with almost half of his opponents, which signals that he is comfortable stretching the fight beyond its necessary lifecycle.

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Fight to end rounds 9-12

We’re hoping Taylor sends out a message with a one-sided victory this weekend so this betting market comes from the heart rather than the head. With a thunderous crowd egging him on, there’s extra incentive for him to finish his business before the full distance. An early stoppage seems unlikely given Martin is a fine boxer and swift mover, so expect some drama towards the latter rounds.

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Taylor vs. Martin Prediction

Fighting in his backyard for the third time running and drilled by the astute McGuigan camp, Josh Taylor could have the measure of most fighters in his weight class at this point in time. His last outing against steely Viktor Postol proved he can both take a punch and outbox a more seasoned pro, which stands him in good stead in going up against Martin who has nine more fights to his name.

The logical outcome for us is seeing Taylor to break down Martin and force a late stoppage, but should he choose to conserve his form and firepower for the next stages of the tournament we could be in for a 12-round exhibition match. Either way, we see the home fighter taking this win convincingly.

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