The odds for Canelo vs Chavez are getting tighter. Here’s a look at the tempting underdog pick to make Saturday night.
Saturday’s HBO Boxing PPV sees Canelo Alvarez taking on Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in a fight that Canelo’s team was soundly criticized for putting together. As we have drawn closer to fight time, what initially seemed like something of a blow-out is starting to feel like a closer fight. With that in mind, here are the latest odds, courtesy of Bovada:
Canelo Alvarez -650
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. +425
Many are looking at Chavez as something of a live dog here, as he has the size and power advantage. When motivated, Chavez has shown that he can be in there with the best in the division, but that “when motivated” is a huge caveat. The HBO Face Off video seemed to indicate some real tension here, and it does appear Chavez is taking this fight seriously, coming in to represent the Mexican fighting tradition against a man he perceives as ducking the top challenger.
With that in mind, Chavez at those odds is an enticing bet, especially when you add in a KO finish for him (for Canelo to win, a decision seems more likely, but a Canelo KO is not out of the question – but for Chavez to win, a KO seems like a lock). Not surprisingly, the odds have tightened up since the fight was first announced and Canelo was at -900. As we get closer to May 6, I expect the odds to close up even more. For those who want to take a shot, a Chavez KO bet is a risk worth taking – if you’re planning to do so, do it now before more people beat you to it and shrink that underdog line.
Also on the Canelo/Chavez PPV card is the latest from David Lemieux, who looks to take a warm-up fight to potentially set up a fall fight with Canelo. As expected, he’s the prohibitive favorite:
David Lemieux -5000
Marco Reyes +1400
No action there, obviously.
Oh, and for those interested – the Mayweather vs. McGregor odds have, amazingly, tightened up. Floyd Mayweather has gone from a -850 favorite to -750 with Conor McGregor moving from +525 to +475. Incredible.
Join us Saturday night for live fight night coverage of Canelo vs. Chavez Jr. live on HBO PPV.