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Odds taken on October 21 from Caesars Sportsbook
This is a bout that has kept boxing followers guessing as the unbeaten challenger looks to relieve the battle-hardened champion of his hard-earned title. A strong argument could be made for both Herring and Stevenson winning this bout, and that proves it is an evenly matched contest and a credit to those who sanctioned the fight. The outcome continues to split public opinion, but one group who are certain they know who the winner will be is betting traders. Bookies across the board come down hard in support of Stevenson winning.
That may surprise a few, but those creating the odds are convinced they have the right man picked, and the title will be changing hands on Saturday evening in Atlanta. If this bout goes the way the bookies expect it to, Herring’s long unbeaten run will come to an end, signalling the dawn of an exciting new champion. Often, bookies have a difference of opinion when it comes to major fights, but here all the top names in the industry are backing Stevenson and have him nailed down as the winner. The only question in their eyes is how he’ll get the job done, on points or by knockout.
In the table below, you’ll find fight winner odds available with a note on which bookmaker we have taken the quote from. These prices are correct at the time of writing, but please keep in mind that they are subject to change and may shift on the approach to the first bell. Fight winner betting and other markets will be available throughout the contest, allowing followers to have their say in play. Many of the original betting markets will remain live, updated by an in-play betting trader to reflect the flow of the fight.
Jamel Herring win (+500)
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We head to the State Farm Arena in Atlanta for our boxing fix this weekend. Bob Arum for Top Rank promotions is back at work as he presents an action-packed programme that is headlined by a WBO world title fight between champion Jamel Herring and unbeaten challenger Shakur Stevenson. The main event promises to be a thrilling contest as Herring aims to call on his experience and winning run to see off a dangerous opponent in Stevenson who has never tasted the bitterness of defeat and, as such, arrives at the arena full of self-believing, convinced he is the future of the super featherweight division. The best way to prove that to be true and win over his critics is to defeat Herring and leave with the championship belt, sending the division in a new direction.
That’s easier said than done, of course, and Shakur will likely find out there’s a gulf in class between champions and challengers. The current keeper of the belt doesn’t boast the same pristine record as the man starting in the opposite corner on fight night but what he does possess is a raw invaluable experience. Big fight knowledge that can’t be taught and no amount of training in the gym will give a boxer anything near a reliable substitute.
This bout has all the ingredients of a thriller and is sure to attract a capacity crowd in Atlanta, with millions of more fight fans following the bout live on television worldwide. Will they see Herring continue an unbeaten run that stretches back to August 2017, or will the plucky challenger bag another win, the most important of his career to date?
Trading teams at the leading online betting apps offer fight fans the opportunity to gamble on the outcome of this contest as well as others on the card. You can make predictions and place bets on the winner of the bout, or you can play one of the many specials available. These include method of victory, winning round and total rounds, which all give online gamblers more appealing odds than what’s available to those picking the winner.
It was a surprise to see the bookies so confident on a win for Stevenson. Yes, he is an exciting fighter with a big future ahead of him, but there’s more to sports betting predictions than simply going for the talent. You must weigh up the form of both men, the experience, betting odds, the chance to cash out for a profit, how the early rounds will play out and the way you expect the bout to go.
Anyone can back the shortest price in an event and hope for the best, crossing their fingers that the traders have called things right. That’s a dangerous tactic as you are putting too much trust in the bookies who have a sole aim to relieve you of your stake money. Ask any experienced bettor, and they’ll tell you the same thing; back enough overpriced selections, and you’ll make a profit in this game. Jamel Herring is an overpriced selection.
The champion isn’t the best-loved fighter on the scene and has his fair share of critics, but he was impressive last time when dealing with Britain’s former world champion Carl Frampton, stopping the Jackal inside six rounds at a show in Dubai. Despite carrying a 44% KO average, Herring has beaten each of his last two opponents inside the distance.
Stevenson has stopped half of his 16 opponents, but the last two have gone the distance. The challenger has travelled the 12 rounds championship distance only twice before but won each by a comfortable margin.
|Jamel Herring vs Shakur Stevenson Information||Fight||Jamel Herring vs Shakur Stevenson|
|Location||State Farm Arena, Atlanta|
|Date and Time||Saturday 23 October, 20:00 EST|
|How to watch||Live on ESPN|
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