Barker Set to Dazzle vs. Hope at 'Christmas Cracker'
Fight Network Staff / December 7, 2012 - 11:36am
Darren Barker makes his long-awaited return to the ring tomorrow night when he tops the bill at Betfair's 'Christmas Cracker' live on Sky Sports HD1 from the London Olympia.
The Barnet boxer has been beset by injury problems following his gallant World middleweight title challenge against Sergio Martinez in October 2011 and a partisan crowd will be looking to cheer him all the way to victory. Betfair punters have certainly been getting right behind the Londoner, with odds of 1-10 on a Barker win and 8-11 for the KO.
With 'Dazzling' Darren hoping to set Olympia alight with a show of force against opponent Kerry Hope, TOWIE star Chloe Sims will add a touch of glamour to the proceedings by becoming a ring card girl for the night. This week Chloe launched the first ever live odds boards for Betfair; these will be displayed in the ring between rounds to show the live Betfair In-Play prices. The move enables fans and viewers at home to keep track of the odds and place their bets as the markets react to every jab, body shot and uppercut.
TOWIE favourite Chloe said: "I'm excited to be part of the show on Saturday and I can't wait to get into the ring on Saturday night, the atmosphere is going to be electric. My family and I love boxing and we're going to be there backing Darren to win."
Betfair's Alex Bake added: "Chloe has the perfect mix of glamour and a love of boxing which makes her a great choice to launch our new Live Odds boards.
"These boards will enhance the betting experience for boxing fans who can keep on top of the markets throughout the night and make sure they've placed the best bet."
Barker's comeback and the showdown between unbeaten middleweights John Ryder and Eamonn O'Kane provide a mouth-watering backdrop to the launch of this innovative technology. And with a packed undercard featuring some of the very best of British talent, fans look set for a treat at London Olympia tomorrow night.
For the latest odds with Betfair, click here: http://sports.betfair.com/boxing/event?id=26919445
Selected weights from today's weigh-in:
Darren Barker: 11st 8 ¾ lbs vs. Kerry Hope: 11st 7 ½ lbs
Erick Ochieng: 10st 13 ¾ lbs vs. Max Maxwell: 10st 13 ½ lbs
John Ryder: 11st 6lbs vs. Eamonn O'Kane: 11st 5 ½ lbs
Carson Jones: 10st 11 ½ lbs vs. Dean Byrne 10st 10lbs
Provisional running-order (subject to change)
5.40pm 4 x 3 mins Super-Middleweight Contest
CALLUM SMITH v JAMES TUCKER
6pm 4 x 3 mins Lightweight Contest
MARTIN J. WARD v DOUGIE CURRAN
6.20pm 8 x 3 mins Welterweight Contest
CARSON JONES v DEAN BYRNE
7.05pm 10 x 3 mins English Light-Middleweight Title Contest
ERICK OCHIENG v MAX MAXWELL
(Stoke Newington) (Birmingham)
Live on Sky Sports 8pm
8 x 3 mins Bantamweight Contest
KAL YAFAL v JORGE PEREZ
10 x 3 mins Eliminator for British Middleweight Championship
JOHN RYDER v EAMONN O'KANE
12 x 3 mins Vacant IBF Inter-Continental Super-Middleweight Contest
DARREN BARKER v KERRY HOPE
(Barnet) (Merthyr Tydfil)
To be scheduled
4 x 3 mins Welterweight Contest
DALE EVANS v KEVIN McCAULEY
8 x 3 mins Cruiserweight Contest
WADI CAMACHO v HARI MILES
(Canning Town) (Blackwood)
4 x 3 mins Light-Heavyweight
ANDREAS EVANGELOU v DANNY COUZENS
(Wood Green) (Southampton)