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Billy Joe Saunders vs Martin Murray: Prediction, odds and tips – Who will win?

BILLY JOE SAUNDERS defends his WBO super-middleweight title against Martin Murray on Friday night.

The British rivals meet at The SSE Arena, Wembley with the 31-year-old champion fighting for only the third time since December 2018.

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Saunders boasts a perfect record of 29-0 with 14 KO's while veteran underdog Murray (39-5-1) has five defeats in 45 outings.

And the odds reflect the former's superiority with bookmakers Paddy Power making Saunders the huge ODDS-ON favourite at 1/25.

Murray, meanwhile, is a 10/1 shot to pull off a shock victory with the draw the least likely outcome at 33/1.

Saunders registered a comfortable points victory over Shefat Isufi in May 2019.

And he followed that up with a KO win against Marcelo Esteban Coceres last time out on the undercard of YouTube rivals KSI and Logan Paul.

Saunders vs Murray odds - Paddy Power

Outright winner

Saunders - 1/25

Draw - 33/1

Murray - 10/1

Method of victory

Saunders Points or Decision - 4/9

Murray Points or Decision - 20/1

Murray KO/TKO - 20/1

Group Round Betting

Saunders - Round 4-6 - 17/2

Saunders - Round 7-9 - 13/2

Saunders - Round 10-12 - 15/2

Murray - Round 1-3 - 66/1

Murray - Round 4-6 - 45/1

Murray - Round 7-9 - 45/1

Murray - Round 10-12 - 60/1

The bookies clearly anticipate a cagey affair with Billy Joe winning via points or decision their most likely method of victory at 4/9.

But if you fancy the St Helens man to make a statement and get the job done early, he is priced at 16/1 to KO his 38-year-old opponent in the opening three rounds.

Saunders had hoped to secure a mega-fight with Canelo Alvarez.

But Liverpudlian Callum Smith beat him to the punch with the tie arranged for December 19.

Saunders is hopeful that a win over Murray, who's fought for a world title on four previous occasions, will see him fight the winner of Alvarez and Smith next.

Saunders said: "He's a tough, game, cunning old fox. He knows how to get through.

"He took Gennady Golovkin 11 rounds. He's made to give me rounds.

"I really wanted a bigger fight, as in a name or an undefeated record. I know I will get critics over Murray but he is coming to win. People are writing him off because of his age.

"I would love the winner of that fight. If Smith wins it, there will be a rematch."

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