GGG headlines the night, ESPN has a world title fight, and more.
The oddsmakers aren’t feeling the upset wave that may have peaked last weekend with Andy Ruiz Jr knocking off Anthony Joshua, with two major favorites in tonight’s main events.
DAZN (New York, NY)
Live Coverage: 7 pm ET (prelims), 9 pm ET (main card)
The main event between Gennadiy Golovkin and Steve Rolls isn’t seen as remotely competitive. The bookies obviously have The Undefeated Steve Rolls installed as the heavy favorite!
LOL! No, that was just my terrific joke, you guys. Golovkin is the favorite, listed between -1232 and -10000 on various books. Rolls, unbeaten and untested at this level, is between +670 and +2100. The -1232 and +670 odds are from the same book and are pretty wildly out of line with the other various lines out there. Our staffers expect GGG to roll.
The undercard is filled with prospects in matchups of various quality. Quick looks:
- Ali Akhmedov (-2300 to -3600) vs Marcus McDaniel (+900 to +2070)
- Brian Ceballo (-455 to -846) vs Bakhtiyar Eyubov (+300 to +514)
- Israil Madrimov (-4550 to -5000) vs Norberto Gonzalez (+1200 to +2450)
- Charles Conwell (-588 to -1100) vs Courtney Pennington (+400 to +760)
ESPN (Reno, NV)
Live Coverage: 7:30 pm ET (ESPN+ prelims), 10 pm ET (ESPN main card)
The Biggest Little City in the World plays host to the latest edition of Top Rank Boxing on ESPN, with WBO featherweight titleholder Oscar Valdez facing Jason Sanchez in the main event.
This is kind of a younger version of GGG-Rolls. Valdez is the proven fighter, has five title defenses under his belt, with Sanchez a totally unproven fighter at (or near) this level.
Valdez is favored between -1500 and -3333, with Sanchez between +775 and +1200. On paper you get a sense of how this will go, but Sanchez is so unproven, and there is so little footage on him that it seems kinda risky. As we all noted in the staff picks, we’re really just guessing on him.
130/135-pound prospect Gabriel Flores Jr is in the co-feature on ESPN, facing Salvador Briceno. Flores is listed between -1667 and -2200, with Briceno between +700 and +1362.
More odds from the card:
- Robson Conceicao (-3515 to -10000) vs Carlos Ruiz (+1125 to +2185)
- Michael Seals (-278 to -341) vs Christopher Brooker (+200 to +284)