Canelo Alvarez Faces Gennady Golovkin in Anticipated RematchPublished September 13, 2018 by Florin P
Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin meet in a highly anticipated rematch after the first resulted in a highly contested draw.
Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Gennady “GGG” Golovkin meet again after the first match between them resulted in a draw. Back then, Saul was a narrow favorite to prevail, but many pundits felt that his opponent deserved to win. There is a lot of money on the table once again and tremendous interest in this match scheduled at 4 AM on Sunday night. With tens of millions of dollars at stake, both boxers will throw everything they’ve got and bet365 Sports and 888 Sport offer the best odds.
The Odds are Tightening at Major Bookmakers
A few weeks ago, Canelo Alvarez appeared to be a big underdog, but the odds have tightened over the last couple of days. Gennady Golovkin is still favorite to prevail, but we now only get odds of 8/13 at bet365 Sports and 888 Sport. The former offers odds of 11/8 on Alvarez to come on top, while a draw is priced at 18 with both bookmakers. This is obviously a long-shot wager, but since the last match between them ended undecided, it is worth considering at these odds.
Golovkin is highly motivated to prove that he deserved the victory in the first bout. He will be the more aggressive fighter and will try to capitalize on his superior strength and size. Obviously, this makes him vulnerable to counter attacks and he’s known to lack defense. In recent matches, he got hit a lot from the outside and this can prove fatal against a fast and versatile opponent such as Alvarez.
Canelo Alvarez Returns after a Year Off
One of the main reasons for why the Mexican player is no longer favorite is the long time spent on the bench. He failed two drug tests which brought him a one-year suspension, so he didn’t play any official matches over the span. There are many questions regarding his ability to return to the highest level of play on a short notice, especially against an opponent of this caliber.
On the other hand, Golovkin is predictable, has played several games recently and radiates confidence ahead of this fixture. For all these reasons, Intertops Sports have maintained the odds of 4/6 on the favorite to prevail. The player from Kazakhstan will try to overpower his opponent and play with the same enthusiasm as he did in the opening match. By comparison, Saul Alvarez will win the match if he mentally outplays his opponent.
High Odds on a Victory by Knockout
Punters should also consider the possibility of betting on the match to end with a decision or a knockout. In this regard, bookmakers offer the same odds of 2/1 on either team to win after a decision, which means that they actually favor the Mexican. There is a huge discrepancy between the odds given by Winner Sports to the two players to score a knockout. Golovkin barely gets odds of 9/4, whereas Alvarez is given spectacular odds of 8/1.
Regardless of betting preferences, punters are entitled to expect a close match that could ultimately go either way. The only downside is that the game is scheduled late at night, so in order to watch it live, bettors might have to help themselves to extra coffee.