As Season 4 of the OTH Prediction League rolls into its 2nd round, we take a look at this week’s selected fights.
Zach Parker (18-0) v Rohan Murdock (24-1)
Super Middleweight 10 x 3
Saturday March 7th @ Manchester Arena, Manchester, England
TV Coverage: Sky Sports Main Event (UK/Ire), DAZN (USA)
Written by Shaun Tate
Derbyshire’s Zach Parker has the opportunity to start moving up the ladder towards world honours this weekend when he faces Australia’s Rohan Murdock in a clash for the WBO Inter-Continental championship. The bout also doubles up as an eliminator for the world title currently held by Billy Joe Saunders.
Parker put himself in the position with recent form beating the likes of Darryll Williams for the British title in 2018, following a victory over Luke Blackledge the year prior. Whilst relatively inactive last year, having only one bout that saw him victorious over Steven Crambert, Parker will be looking to kick off a big start to the new decade by forcing himself into a mandatory position for a world title shot.
It won’t come easy though as he faces another bright prospect in Murdock, whose only loss came in his third fight back in 2011. Since then, Murdock has won 22 bouts on the bounce, winning and defending the WBO Asia and Pacific title as well as the Oriental title several occasions.
With similar levels of experience, a similar knockout ratio, and both touted as having a similar pedigree, it’s a tough bout to call and a real close 50/50 on paper. It’s an excellent addition to the Manchester card in which it acts as a very solid sub-main to the Quigg v Carroll main event.
Writer’s Pick: Zach Parker PTS
Odds: Parker 2/7, Murdock 11/4, Draw 20/1