As a keen boxing fan, I take a healthy interest in what the books are thinking, as it normally is a good indication to see how the fight will turn out in the casual fans’ mind. Maybe once in a while I’ll back up my predictions with putting some money down, but for enjoyment and the profit, not to fuel any sort of addiction.
For those unfamiliar with how it works, it’s not that difficult. For example, a fighter is -300, it means every $3 you win a $1. If a fighter is +300, it means you bet $1 to win $3. And the line varies on how big a favourite/underdog a fighter is.
Junior Middleweight: Yuri Foreman vs. Miguel Cotto (HBO) [12 Rounds]
Yuri Foreman +200, Miguel Cotto -250
Close fight on paper, closer than expected fight in the books. For those who think that Miguel Cotto is shot and favour the Rabbi, you could make a healthy profit out of this fight with the tempting price. Cotto is also at a juicy price, and I expected that his star reputation would make him an obvious favourite.
Cruiserweight: Steve Cunningham vs. Troy Ross (Polsat) [12 Rounds]
Steve Cunningham -500, Troy Ross +333
This will be the first time one of our House Fighters will be in a title shot, and it’s a big ask for Troy Ross to pull it off as he’s a clear underdog going into the fight. Cunningham is regarded as the best in the division, and you could strongly argue that he’s head and shoulders above everybody else in the top 10.
Middleweight: Sebastian Sylvester vs. Roman Karmazin (Polsat) [12 Rounds]
Sebastian Sylvester -250, Roman Karmazin +188
In his prime, Karmazin would probably beat up Sylvester over the distance. But the battles are beginning to catch up with him, as was displayed in his come-from-behind knockout win over Dionisio Miranda in January. Sylvester is on a four-fight winning streak since he lost to Felix Sturm, and I favour him to extend his run to five.
Junior Middleweight: Vanes Martirosyan vs. Joe Greene (HBO) [10 Rounds]
Vanes Martirosyan -200, Joe Greene +150
This might be the most intriguing fight this weekend, despite three other strong contenders. Both fighters are undefeated and are expected to put on an explosive fight. Martirosyan is a slight favourite due to his background.
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