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Boxing Odds: Oleksandr Usyk favored over Tony Bellew, plus WBSS odds

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If you are a fan of Cruiserweight boxing, then Saturday is the day for you, with an unprecedented three Cruiserweight fights on DAZN, all featuring top 10 fighters, and all worth watching for various reasons. Opening things is the big clash for all the unified titled between Oleksandr Usyk and Tony Bellew; that’s followed by a pair of WBSS quarterfinals. Here are the latest odds courtesy of OddsShark:

Oleksandr Usyk -800
Tony Bellew +500

This is honestly a slightly surprising line. Usyk is a unified champion who’s beaten the very best the division has to offer. Bellew is coming off Heavyweight wins over David Haye, where he was the underdog. All signs point to a clear Usyk victory. Sure, “puncher’s chance” and all that, but Bellew is not the kind of massive puncher that tends to make that chance work out. This opened at a wider -1200 for Usyk, but the Bellew supporters have clearly come out. A -800 line is a tough one to take at any time, but honestly, there are worse ideas than putting something on Usyk here.

Meanwhile in the WBSS…

Mairis Briedis -1000
Noel Mikaelian +550

Krzysztof Glowacki +105
Maxim Vlasov -135

Quite a difference between those two, which is to be expected. Briedis vs. Mikaelian is something of a tune-up fight for the top ranked Briedis – look for him to get through that with little trouble. Glowacki vs. Vlasov is a close battle between two top 10 fighters. Glowacki has the better resume, particularly with his win over Marco Huck. It’s entirely possible this is a coming out party for Vlasov, but I favor Glowacki here, and with these close to dead even odds, that’s not a bad bet.

Finally, a round-up of some other odds, both for actual upcoming fights and a few theoretical “maybe” fights (Source: Bovada).

Canelo Alvarez -1400
Rocky Fielding +750

Deontay Wilder -175
Tyson Fury +145

Floyd Mayweather -260
Manny Pacquiao +200

Floyd Mayweather -2000
Khabib Nurmagomedov +900

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