We take a look four of the biggest events in the boxing calendar this year and show you why they’re what you should be betting on when it comes to boxing
2014 is already shaping up to be a bumper year of boxing with plenty for the fans to flutter on and with sites like BetVictor and Bet365 offering great odds just a few clicks away, it’s now easier than ever to put a little on your favored fighter. So whether you’re an ardent aficionado or just a casual punter we’re going to take a look at some of the big fights coming up this year.
Fury vs. Chisora
Obviously the soonest on the calendar is the by now fever pitch grudge match that is Tyson Fury vs Dereck Chisora over 12 rounds for the vacant BBB of C British heavyweight boxing title and chance to fight Klitschko for the WBO title after that. Scheduled for the 26th of July in Manchester this well publicized fight between two of the big boys in British boxing is all set to be a humdinger of a battle.
Fury is unbeaten and behaves as if he should be, Chisora used to bite people but has calmed down enough to only accept 100,000 GBP side bets with his opponent on this fight. To say there is no love lost between these two would be to completely underestimate one of the best British boxing rivalries of the modern era. They’ve already had to be separated once and their public pronouncements have been anything but shy and retiring.
Chisora claims “This ﬁght will be the easiest of my career.” whilst Fury insists he is “in fight mode, kill mode.” none of which is highly illuminating coming from one man who had his license suspended in 2012 and another who may well have his suspended or worse by the middle of August. Fury is foul mouthed and excitable and Chisora is more than obviously restraining himself.
This will be a great fight to wager on because the chances are it’ll go some distance and be a true test of skill. Chisora doesn’t have the reach but he’s fitter since the last time the pair met, and defending a title is definitely likely to put a spring in his step, whilst Fury is one of the heaviest punchers out there and could easily surprise the European champion. So take your pick and back them because this will be one heck of a fight.
Kovalev vs. Caparello
Atlantic City, scene of several casino closures in recent months, is set to see a little extra action this August 2nd with Sergey Kovalev returning to make a third defense of his WBO light heavyweight title against up and coming Blake Caparello. Unlikely to go the full 12 rounds either way this has the makings of a surprisingly good fight despite Caparello not being Kovalev’s first choice opponent.
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With more than a hint of Adonis Stevenson avoiding fighting him Kovalev is favored to best the younger Caparello, especially in light of his two prior knock-out defenses of his title, but the Australian is confident he is a worthy opponent for the title holder. “I’m ready for this fight. You ain’t seen nothing yet. I won’t disappoint.” He said briming with confidence.
A classic match up between the punch of Kovalev and the boxing talent of Caparello this one has an unpredictable edge to it that is pure pleasure to those of us that like to bet on sports in the US. There’s plenty of scope for and upset and that always bodes well for johnny punter, and whether you want to trust your wager to the youth of Caparello or the experience of Kovalev, there’s something to be said for each.
Klitschko vs. Pulev
The big hitters are at it again this September 6th with Pulev trying to take Klitschko’s lineal IBF, WBO and WBA heavyweight titles over 12 rounds in Hamburg, Germany. Now I know what you’re thinking but how often have you wanted a safe bet, a sure thing, a guaranteed surefire winner? Well here you go, bet on Klitschko to win. He’s going to destroy Pulev possibly within the first few rounds.
Klitschko might have been circumspect in his choice of opponents so far, and indeed isn’t helped here by being ordered to face Pulev, but that doesn’t detract from his sheer size and power which more than make up for any flaws in his technique. There are arguments to be made for his not being made to face such evidently weaker opponents but the heavyweight world moves slow, you should get a bet on fast.
Pulev might be unbeaten and have said “I’m ready to replace Wladimir Klitschko as champion.” but that doesn’t mean it’ll happen. Klitschko wants to be the first undisputed champion since the great British heavyweight world champion Lennox Lewis, which seems as unlikely if he continues to pit himself against D-class oppositon. Still, makes for a no-brain bet.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Marcos Maidana
The aggressive Maidana and his haymakers goes up against Floyd Mayweather Jr for Mayweather’s WBC/WBA welterweight title in a well deserved rematch after their last bout finished in a somewhat controversial majority decision. Mayweather wants to silence the critics and Maidana wants to silence Mayweather, so it should be a great bout.
The money will be evenly split on this one and whilst Mayweather must be favorite on the night Maidana is no slouch having gone the distance before, although it might be telling that when Mayweather offered up his share of the purse, proving there still is gambling in the US, Maidana declined the wager. But the upshot is that this one is a great bout to bet on.
Close fights can be the most exciting and thrilling competitions and can give the best odds for those of us that enjoy a flutter, and whether you prefer the raw energy of Maidana or the technical expertise of Mayweather, you can have just as might right to back your man as those who do his opponent. This sort of even match up is often cited as being less exciting but only ever by people who don’t have money on it.