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February 4, 2017

Trade Picks: Etches v Ryder

Adam Etches
John Ryder

by Shaun Brown

It's their first time at super middleweight, it's also a crossroads fight and many are split as to who will win between Sheffield's heavy handed Adam Etches and the craft and all-roundedness of Islington's John Ryder in London tonight, live on ITV Box Office.

The bookies don't have it as a 50-50 fight, but with Paddy Power Adam Etches sits at 11/8 while John Ryder is the odds-on-favourite at 4/7. That's a significant gap but doesn't read 'foregone conclusion'. To see who our resident bookie basher John MacDonald is tipping to win, click here .

Etches has only had two eight rounders since his first professional loss in 2015 to Sergey Khomitsky, while John Ryder - a one-time tip for world honours - has lost two of his last five fights, three overall, and like Etches now finds himself at a make or break stage of his career.

So, who wins? In the latest installment of 'Trade Picks' Talking Boxing gathered the opinions of six individuals in British boxing.

Callum Smith: British super middleweight champion and WBC #1 contender

"Think it's a good fight. Gonna go with Ryder. Think he's the better technical of the two and he needs a big performance after his couple of losses. That should bring out the best in him. Similar to the way he beat Khomitsky."

Marcus Morrison: British middleweight contender

"Althought I think Etches could potentially end the fight early, or at any point in the fight, with him being heavy handed, my prediction is that Ryder gets a points win. I just think out the two of them, Ryder is the smarter and better all round boxer. Etches is tough, and I'm not quite convinced that Ryder carries the punching power to knock Etches out, which is why I've gone for the points win for Ryder. Overall, I think it's a great fight for the fans, with plenty of heavy shots thrown. Anything can happen in this fight!"

Arnie Farnell: Trainer

"I think Ryder is a lot smarter boxing wise and I think he wins by TKO."

Jon Pegg: Trainer

"Intriguing fight. I think Ryder on points by two to three rounds. Adam's strength is his power and I think Ryder very comfortable at 12 stone will soak up a few scary moments to score more consistently overall."

Tommy Langford: British middleweight champion

"Firstly, I think it's a great fight and will be a good spectacle for the fans. I think their styles will gel well and it will be an action-packed fight. It's surprising it's a super-middle as neither are the biggest middles but that may ensure a higher paced fight as neither will be weight drained. I think Ryder will edge Etches out on points or late stoppage. Although Ryder has more losses he's been the busier and also beaten the better opposition. Etches can undoubtedly punch, but Ryder can be quite hard to hit and Etches the opposite has been shown to be lacking in defensive qualities in previous fights. I think if Ryder is at his best and on song it's his to lose."

Tom Doran: British middleweight contender

"I would pick Ryder on points due to technical boxing ability and shot selection."