Ricky Burns has the biggest fight of his life today in London against Michael Katsidis. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
Today at Wembley Arena, popular and always-exciting Australian brawler Michael Katsidis makes his third trip to the United Kingdom to face Scotland's Ricky Burns. Bad Left Hook will have live coverage of the entire card this afternoon, and here are the details on how you can watch, and who's favored to win, plus our preview of the bout.
Fight time: 3:00 p.m. EDT
Location: Wembley Arena - London, England
TV channel: BoxNation (United Kingdom)
Odds: Katsidis is the favorite, but not by big odds. He's favored by lines of -175 (Bodog) and -165 (5Dimes, SBG Global). Burns has odds of +145 (Bodog, 5Dimes) and +135 (SBG Global)
Bad Left Hook Preview: Dave Oakes broke down the fight for us on Friday morning.
In the main co-feature, British and Commonwealth super middleweight champion George Groves (13-0, 10 KO) makes his debut for Frank Warren Promotions, facing former champ Paul Smith (31-2, 17 KO). Groves, 23, is one of Britain's most promising young fighters, but this may not be any walk in the park for him. The 29-year-old Smith, of Liverpool, is an experienced and tough fighter who will be there to win.
Also featured on the broadcast will be 2008 Olympian Billy Joe Saunders, the middleweight who may now be the United Kingdom's best prospect. At 22, Saunders is 10-0 (7 KO) as a professional and has been looking very good in his last few fights. He's yet to step up in competition, but the talent is obvious, and he appears to have more drive and determination than fellow young Brit Frankie Gavin, who may have been the most talented of the "Class of '09." A few hand injuries have been Saunders' greatest flaw thus far. Today, he looks to pick up his first pro title, as he challenges Gary Boulden (5-2-2, 0 KO) for the Southern Area middleweight belt in what should, frankly, be an easy win.