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Boxing Odds: Sergey Kovalev slight underdog heading into Andre Ward rematch

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Check out the odds here for Andre Ward vs. Sergey Kovalev II this Saturday on HBO PPV.

On Saturday night, Light Heavyweights Sergey Kovalev and Andre Ward once again meet to determine supremacy of the division and, in the eyes of many, to crown boxing’s current pound for pound king. With a few days out until fight time, here are the current odds, courtesy of Bovada:

Andre Ward -155
Sergey Kovalev +125

Those are incredibly close odds, which is to be expected when you have two fighters of this level in the ring. This is an interesting fight in terms of odds. As a rematch, you have to look towards the result of the first fight. And there, it was Ward who picked up the decision win. But many felt it was undeserved and that the honest winner of the fight was Kovalev. Despite that common belief, it’s Ward who is the favorite here. Is that a result of betters thinking he will turn in a better performance this time and more clearly win, or is it that they don’t think Kovalev will be able to get a fair decision?

With this kind of close odds in a pick ‘em fight, it’s hard to know where to go with a bet. One safe piece – if you do want to bet on Ward, make it a Ward by decision pick to open your odds up a bit more. Of all possible outcomes, a Ward KO win seems the least likely by far. Before the first fight I felt like a Kovalev win was predicated on a KO, but after scoring the last fight for him on the cards, I certainly don’t see it that way now.

Also on the PPV card, Guillermo Rigondeaux is the sizable favorite to Moses Flores, -900 to +550. Flores is a fine contender, but there’s no reason to think he takes the win here, so no action on this one.

Finally, for those looking ahead, here’s a round-up of the current odds on some of boxing’s big upcoming fights:

Manny Pacquiao -700
Jeff Horn +450

Mikey Garcia -750
Adrien Broner +475

Gennady Golovkin -160
Canelo Alvarez +130

Floyd Mayweather -800
Conor McGregor +500

Amazing but true, the Mayweather vs. McGregor odds are getting closer, as they were previously at -850 to +525.

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