Mayweather Promotions presents a stacked card from the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, New York, on Saturday and with two world title fights on the line, it promises to be an exciting evening. Gervonta Davis takes on Rolando Romero in the main event, with the pair deciding the WBA lightweight world title over 12 rounds.
The chief support is the bout we focus on for this article as Erislandy Lara and Gary O’Sullivan prepare to serve up a cracker for the WBA title at middleweight. Both are experienced fighters and have enjoyed uninterrupted training camps for this bout, meaning followers will be treated to an exciting match-up.
Below you’ll find the fight-winner betting odds, which have been taken from the Caesars Sportsbook.
This bout is scheduled for the 12 round championship distance, and as you can see from the above table, traders working for Caesars Sportsbook have Lara as the hot betting favourite. That gives backers a choice, do we back the favourite and hope the bookies are spot on with their forecast or do we take a shot on the underdog at attractive odds.
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Please remember that although the betting odds posted for this fight are correct at the time of writing, odds are subject to change. The offer at the time of your bet being struck could be different from the offer available at the time of this article being published. There are also many other eye-catching markets available to wager on, including method of victory, and we will investigate the best of these on this page.
Erislandy Lara in rounds 7-12 (+225)
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The odds offered on Lara to win this fight completely rule most bettors out of interest on the favourite. The win betting is reserved for big-hitters who are willing to plunge a big chunk of change into Lara in order to get anything decent in return, but we’re not a fan of that approach, and you’ll never see a big bet advised on a favourite in our boxing section. It’s just too risky.
Suppose we advise getting stuck into Lara and backing him for a huge stake to nick a return. Even if we were convinced he would win – like losing wasn’t an option – there’s no point in it. If Lara does win, you are in a high risk for a low reward situation. But this is boxing, and anything can happen.
Andy Ruiz Jr didn’t have a hope of beating Anthony Joshua across the city at Madison Square Gardens a few years ago. Yet, he took the Englishman’s titles with a stunning knockout win. If O’Sullivan was to box to the best of his abilities and win this bout, it wouldn’t rank as the biggest upset we’ve ever seen in the sport. It wouldn’t even be the biggest upset this year.
We do believe Lara will get the job done and show his class against a tough opponent. That means we must get creative with our bets and look for a unique way to back the favourite. The unique way we are talking about comes from the round group betting.
We are backing Lara to win by KO for the 17th time in his career and second in three fights. We expect O’Sullivan to come up short on the big stage and suffer what would be the fourth KO defeat of his career. You could back Lara by KO/TKO, and that’s a much better price than taking him to win the bout, but there’s more investigation to be done.
Lara is on a run of stoppage wins and was last seen taking out Thomas LaManna in Carson 12 months ago. Spike brings a record of 31 wins against four defeats, with all but one of those losses coming inside the distance. He was stopped in 11 rounds by Mexican sensation Jaime Munguia, seven rounds by Chris Eubank Jr and took Billy Joe Saunders to points, so he won’t be blown away early.
We expect Lara to ease his way into this contest, building up a solid lead on the scorecards with the knowledge that O’Sullivan is no pushover. If these two throw caution to the wind and push to take the other out in the early rounds, that plan could backfire, and they could be stopped themselves. There’s too much at stake here to gamble.
With Spike taking Munguia into the eleventh round, we know he’s tough as old boots, has stamina and the ring IQ to survive constant pressure from an opponent roared on by a vocal support. When O’Sullivan finds himself down on the scorecards entering the second half of the bout, he will have to gamble, and that’s when Lara will find him with the big shots.
There is no doubting the fact Spike is a great fighter with the mental toughness to test Lara, but he is a long way from home, and when the crowd begin to get on his back, and the skills of Lara begin to shine through, the Irishman will realise he’s in over his head.
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|Erislandy Lara vs Gary O’Sullivan Information|
|Fight||Erislandy Lara vs Gary O’Sullivan|
|Location||Barclays Center, Brooklyn|
|Date and Time||Saturday 28 May, 08:00 PM EST|
|How to watch||Live on USA Showtime|
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