Betting traders in the United States and the United Kingdom have been working tirelessly to get the pre-fight book exactly where they want it to be. This is a real 50/50 contest on paper, with both fighters entering the ring knowing they need a win. But who will come out on top and grab the victory needed to drive them back into title contention? Jacobs has the skill and experience, while Ryder carries the backing of passionate home support in London. Below you’ll find the current betting odds on the fight winner.
Despite being the away fighter and entering the ring with the crowd against him, Caesars Sportsbook has decided to make Jacobs the favorite to win this one and, judging by their odds. They are convinced they have the right man picked. The American comes with a huge reputation and is looking to win new fans in England before taking on one of the big names in the division. Could we see him win this and force a fight with another Brit in Callum Smith? It’s certainly possible.
The top betting apps appreciate there will be a lot of interest in this one, not just from fight fans in London but those watching the action live on television in the US. Lovers of the sport will be eager to see how Jacobs comes through this test and how much hunger he has left to contest titles. The American is betting favorite and will be expected to come to England and put on a show. He’s certainly talented enough to do that, but we know nothing can be taken for granted in this game.
In this preview of Jacobs v Ryder, we look beyond the betting, picking through the form of both fighters with the aim of finding an overpriced selection. Making a profit betting on boxing isn’t easy, but there are some gems to be found if you are willing to put the work in. We have a reputation for finding winners at decent odds, including Chris Eubank Jr to beat Liam Smith on points last week.
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The betting traders have come down hard on the side of Jacobs, and that will be no huge surprise to those who have followed both fighters. Jacobs has fought the best in the division and held his own against Saul Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin, losing to both pound for pound boxing legends only on the scorecards. Fighting Ryder is a step down from that level, but this is a fight the American must win if he’s serious about climbing back up the rankings.
The betting traders seem convinced Jacobs will claim the desired result in England, so much so they are keeping the favourite as close as possible, doing as much as they can to discourage bettors from backing him. The odds are short in what should be a competitive contest. That leaves bettors with two options. They either back the underdog for a nice price and hope Ryder uses the home crowd to spur him on to an upset win, or they look at backing Jacobs in the specials. The latter will be more popular, especially amongst gamblers in the US, and there are plenty of options.
The market we are going to attack here is the method of victory. This is a little bit trickier to get right as you must call both the fight winner and how they will achieve the result. We are siding with Jacobs for the win, and after watching him test the judges in six of his last seven, the points win looks like the best bet here. Ryder certainly won’t be easy to shift on his own patch.
Jacobs has performed at a higher level than Ryder, and that experience should show when things get serious in this bout. Ryder is an all-action sort who loves to come forward and attack the head and body. He’s as tough as they come and will plan to put his opponent under pressure from the first bell. Being so far from home and with the crowd against him, Jacobs is expected to face an early onslaught from Ryder, but it’s one he’s expected to come through.
Styles make fights, and it looks like this one will blend perfectly. Ryder will go on the attack, but that will suit Jacobs, who has plenty of experience using his boxing skills to score points and impress the judges. Ryder will look to get inside and offload big, hurtful punches to the head and body of his opponent, but if Jacobs had enough to withstand pressure from Triple G, he should have more than enough in the tank to keep Ryder at bay.
The crowd will be out to intimidate the away fighter and exaggerate any success Ryder gets in the first few rounds. Those in the stands can’t stop the speed and accuracy of Jacobs, though, and he’s expected to rack up a comfortable points lead and pull clear in the middle and late rounds. Ryder’s aggressive style will suit the boxing and moving of Jacobs.
The longer this bout goes, the more comfortable Jacobs will get as he tees off with his jab and looks to land crisp shots at Ryder marches forward. The Englishman must start well and show the American he is in a fight early. The bulk of Ryder’s success will come in the opening rounds.
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|Daniel Jacobs vs John Ryder Information|
|Fight||Daniel Jacobs vs John Ryder|
|Location||Alexandra Palace, London|
|Date and Time||Saturday 12 February, 20:00 EST|
|How to watch||Live on DAZN|
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