If you are a boxing fan, there’s no doubt what you’re watching Saturday night. Gennady Golovkin vs. Canelo Alvarez 2 is the fight of the year, a heated grudge match with major implications for both men’s legacies. Here are the current odds, courtesy of OddsShark:
Gennady Golovkin -155
Canelo Alvarez +125
That’s very close to where the line opened (-170 GGG, +145 Canelo), and nothing there is a surprise. The two men are quite evenly matched, which is part of what makes this such an interesting fight. In their first battle, it officially ended in a draw, but most thought GGG deserved the win, so he understandably gets the slight favorite nod this time. But with boxing judging being what it is, particularly when Canelo is in the ring, it’s hard to feel confident in anything here.
If you’re looking to add some fun to your night and increase your potential payout, there are a variety of prop bets you can get. The widest odds available are on a Canelo round 1 KO at +6600. A round 1 GGG KO is just half that at +3300. You have -250 odds at the fight going the distance, +170 on a stoppage. And, if you think we’re in store for a second draw, you can get +1800 odds on that.
Other odds from the Canelo vs. GGG undercard:
Chocolatito Gonzalez -1600
Moises Fuentas +800
David Lemieux -190
Spike O’Sullivan +155
Jaime Munguia -5000
Brandon Cook +1400
Most tempting here is an underdog bet on O’Sullivan. Lemieux is a dangerous power puncher for sure, but he’s also inconsistent, and O’Sullivan has a style that could cause him problems. I’m also intrigued by the +800 line on Fuentas. Gonzalez looked quite bad in his last fight, and hasn’t won in two years. Most tellingly in my eyes, he hasn’t won since the death of his longtime mentor Arnulfo Obando. Maybe, as Mookie said in his preview, Gonzalez is in the Jose Aldo space, where he’s still a top challenger despite the KO. Or maybe he’s just shot. It happens. I lean towards the former, but at those odds, it’s tempting to bet on the latter.
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