Who will win MTK Global’s Golden Contract featherweight tournament final when Jazza Dickens and Ryan Walsh throw down?
- James Dickens vs Ryan Walsh goes Wednesday, December 2nd, 2020 at 3:30 PM EST
- Who wins the Golden Contract tournament finals and emerges with WBO gold?
- Check out the fight odds, analysis, and predictions below
James “Jazza” Dickens and Ryan Walsh go to war inside Production Park Studios in Yorkshire, England. Dickens vs Walsh broadcasts on ESPN+.
This is MTK Global’s Golden Contract featherweight tournament final, and the WBO European featherweight title is also going to be in the winner’s possession.
James Dickens vs Ryan Walsh Odds
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The world was fixating on the sweet science community over the weekend but, great fights continue to roll on into mid-week.
This fight is one that was rescheduled from September after MTK Global revealed in a press release that Jazza Dickens and his trainer tested positive for COVID 19.
Jazza Dicken’s Golden Contract Path
Dickens has been seemingly revitalized by this Golden Contract tournament and now has a pair of European belts (IBF as well as WBO) as he plowed through his side of the bracket.
Jazza Dickens looks to maintain his place on the throne and ward off the oncoming challenge of the emboldened Ryan Walsh.
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Ryan Walsh v Jazza Dickens in the Golden Contract featherweight final!
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— Sky Sports Boxing (@SkySportsBoxing) November 29, 2020
Dickens punched his ticket to the tournament finals with a pair of decision wins over Carlos Ramos and Leigh Wood. He rides a seven-fight win streak heading into this contest and hasn’t been defeated since May 2017.
This is one of those high-stakes bouts between two top-notch European fighters where the winner can vault themselves towards international notoriety in 2021.
Ryan Walsh’s Road to the Golden Contract Finals
Walsh is a proven pugilist who is the longest-reigning British champ and is within elite company as part of the Lonsdale belt lineage. He has won five of his last six contests with the outlier bout being a draw.
On his side of the tourney bracket, Ryan Walsh put away Hairon Socarras in the ninth round by stoppage and defeated Tyrone McCullagh via judges’ decision.
These 126 pounders are evenly matched in a number of regards, and that parity is reflected in the line for this fight.
I theorize the southpaw angles and craftiness of Dickens will be something that will be a notable part of the fight’s opening half. Eventually, Ryan Walsh will start to process more and more information on Jazza Dickens with each subsequent frame though.
I foresee both men having their moments, multiple sways in momentum, and both men needing to really pack a lunch for this one.
Dickens vs Walsh Tale of the Tape
|Leigh Wood, Carlos Ramos, Nathaniel May||Significant Wins||James Tennyson, Darren Traynor, Tyrone McCullagh|
I mentioned the midpoint of this bout earlier. I think from those middle frames to the end of the bout, you’ll see less competitiveness and a more defined ring general.
The sub-fifty percent knockout rates of both men leads me to believe that the action won’t end inside the distance.
I think Walsh ultimately has the more nuanced game overall, and I think he can sustain his effort over the long haul just a bit better. Ryan Walsh wins on points when Dickens vs Walsh goes down in the Golden Contract tournament finals.
Pick: Ryan Walsh (-105)
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