It is shaping up to be a busy February in the boxing world with world titles on the line in no fewer than five fights.
WBO World Super Middleweight champion Arthur “King Arthur” Abraham will be a -500 moneyline favorite http://www.bettingsports.com/reviews/, when he puts his title on the line against Paul “Real Gone Kid” Smith, in a 12-round fight at O2 World Arena in Berlin on Saturday February 21.
Abraham moved to 41-4-0 with a controversial 12-round unanimous decision in a battle against Smith back in September, posting his second successful title defence and sixth straight victory, while rewarding bettors as a -550 moneyline favorite.
Smith, who is currently the WBO’s fourth-ranked challenger in the Super Middleweight division, is pegged as a +350 moneyline betting underdog, a slight improvement over the +400 odds he carried going into his first battle with Abraham.
The 32 year-old Englishman, who will enter the ring for his first pro fight outside the UK in over seven years, owns a professional record of 35-4-0 with 19 KOs, and had won four straight fights prior to his loss to Abraham last fall.
Oddsmakers at sportsbooks available through www.bettingsports.com, set the betting line on the length of the bout at 9.5, with heavy -500 moneyline odds favoring the rematch going OVER 1 minute and 30 seconds into the 10th round, while the UNDER carries odds of +300.
Also on February 21, Gennady “GGG” Golovkin will look to extend his professional record to a perfect 32-0-0 when he defends his WBA Super, IBO, and Interim WBC World Middleweight titles as a heavy -2500 moneyline favorite against Englishman Martin Murray boxing online betting.
Golovkin’s clash with Murray at Salle des Etoiles in Monte Carlo will be the 13th defense of his WBA crown. The 32 year-old native of Kazakhstan has claimed victory by KO or TKO in each of his last 17 fights, and was an eye-popping -5000 betting favorite in his most recent fight, a second-round KO of Marco Antonio Rubio last October.
Murray, the WBA’s fifth-ranked Middleweight contender, defended his WBC Silver Middleweight title in his last outing, stopping Domenico Spada in the seventh round to claim victory as a strong -1375 favorite, but is pegged as a heavy +1000 betting underdog against Golovkin.
While the fight is schedule for 12 rounds, oddsmakers at sportsbooks available through www.bettingsports.com have set the betting line on the length of the fight at 7.5, with the UNDER favored with -155 odds, while the OVER sits at +110.
In other boxing online betting action during the month of February, Randy Caballero defends his IBF World Bantamweight title for the first time, pegged as a -1000 favorite over Alberto Guevara, who sits as a +600 underdog.
Dmitry Chudinov will enter the ring as a +200 underdog when he defends his Interim WBA World Middleweight title against Chris Eubank Jr. on February 28 at O2 Arena in London.
Eubank takes on Chudinov as a -260 betting favorite at sportsbooks available through www.bettingsports.com despite coming out on the short end of a close split-decision loss to Billy Joe Saunders in late November, but has won six of his previous 10 fights within the first three rounds.
Also on February 28, Carl Frampton defends his IBF World Super Bantamweight title for the first time against Chris Avalos. Frampton sits as a -800 betting favorite over Avalos, who sports odds of +500.