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There are some huge bouts on the weekend boxing program with plenty to look forward to if you are a lover of noble art. The top promoters in the United Kingdom and the United States are out to play, staging stacked cards of competitive bouts featuring some huge titles. The fun begins on Friday in England when Sunny Edwards fights Felix Alvarado over 12 rounds for the IBF world flyweight title.
Both gladiators bring plenty of power into this contest, meaning armchair fans and those lucky enough to attend the promotion at the Sheffield Arena may see an explosive night following the fireworks of a week ago when the UK celebrated Guy Fawkes night. But Edwards and Alvarado are also supremely talented boxers with the skills to try and out-smart the other. There is so much at stake here, and with both men confident they have what it takes to win, there will be no ground conceded. This will catch fire early and build from there.
Which fighter will win in Steel City? That remains to be seen, but sports betting lovers can take advantage of the generous odds offered by Caesars Sportsbook. The online sports betting giants offer generous odds and a wealth of interesting specials on Edwards v Alvarado. Predict which fighter will win and back them at the bookie’s betting app. It takes just a few seconds to complete, and you’ll enjoy generous odds, regardless of who you pick. But which odds are available, which fighter is the bookie’s favourite, and how can you place a wager? See the table below for more info.
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Traders employed by the major players in the online gambling sector have all gone with Sunny Edwards as the most likely winner of this fight. It’s not uncommon for bookies to be working off the same page when it comes to their betting odds on a bout, but rarely do we see every bookie so convinced they have the right man picked. Anything can happen and often does happen in boxing, and any experienced follower of the sport knows upsets come around often. That’s great for those who enjoy taking a chance on the outsider at big odds, but it can be a dangerous game for favourite backers.
Edwards is more than good enough to win this bout; if he is at his best on the night, he should be winning comfortably. But that’s not to say he will win comfortably. Is there any point in backing the Englishman at such cramped odds against an opponent here to win? Remember, this is a huge night in the career of Felix Alvarado, and he won’t care that the crowd is against him and the pre-fight betting odds say he can’t win. The experienced puncher knows neither his supporters of the bookies can change the course of the fight.
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It’s not often the bookies get a big fight wrong, certainly in terms of the pre-bout betting, and this is no different. Traders have the best fighter picked, and it’s likely he will live up to those high expectations and get the job done in style. But how will he achieve the result, and where can the value be found?
Thankfully, boxing bettors are no longer stuck with the fight-winner market. There’s more on offer than the simple Edwards - Draw - Alvarado options. The specials have changed the way we gamble on the fight game, and you must take advantage. Use every tool at your disposal to beat the bookies.
That leaves us predicting how Edwards will win, and there are clues to be found in the stats of both men. Edwards arrives with a professional CV detailing 18 wins from as many bouts. A 100% record at this level is something we should respect, but there’s also more. The deeper we dig, the more betting opportunities we find. Sunny’s record is strong, but he has stopped only four opponents to date. Like many of the sport’s little guys campaigning at the lighter weights, there isn’t too much power on show here.
Yes, Edwards has stopped opponents in the past, and his sharpness means he could do so again. But we just don’t fancy it. The form does nothing to support a bet on Edwards to win by KO/TKO. When we move to the record of his opponent Alvarado, we notice the fighter from Nicuagra is more experienced, with 38 wins against two defeats. He has lost twice, but those defeats came back to back in 2013 and 2014, both on points. No knockout losses and a winning streak going back more than eight years. That’s why we’re on Edwards to win on points after 12 rounds. That’s -333 at Caesars Sportsbook.
Alvarado is an experienced campaigner with a great record, and that’s not something you get on the cheap at this weight division. He will use his skills to avoid the early attacks and try to take this into the second half of the contest, where he’ll aim to silence the crowd and knock Sunny off his stride. He’ll try, but he won’t get the success he was hoping for.
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Promoter: Ringstar Sports
Location: Sheffield Arena, England
Time: Saturday 22:00 GMT
Where: Live on BT Sport
Former professional boxer at the world-famous TRAD TKO Gym in London, I am now a full-time freelance content writer, pundit, and podcast contributor working with some of the biggest names in the sports betting industry. I love boxing, football's most successful team Glasgow Rangers, and horse racing. Email: [email protected]More info on Frank Monkhouse
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