Sergey Kovalev Vs Andre Ward Boxing Betting Odds
While a multitude of people in the boxing industry are pissed off about the upcoming Floyd Mayweather versus Connor McGregor matchup, there have been a handful of excellent boxing betting matches the last few months. Another such matchup will take place this coming weekend when light heavyweight champion Andre Ward takes on Sergey Kovalev in a rematch of their exciting title bout matchup from last November.
The pair will battle for Ward’s trio of light heavyweight belts on Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. Now, let’s find out which boxer is offering the best betting value in this intriguing rematch.
In Depth Analysis On The Boxing Betting Predictions For The Sergey Kovalev Vs Andre Ward Match
When: Saturday, June 17, 2017
Where: Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas, NV
TV: HBO PPV
Fight Odds: Andre Ward -153 / Sergey Kovalev +135
Why Wager on Sergey Kovalev Boxing Betting Odds at +135
There are a handful of good reasons to back Sergey Kovalev (30-1-1) this weekend, starting with the fact that he’s got revenge on his mind after suffering his first and only career loss to Ward in November. Another great reason to back Kovalev is his stunning punching power.
The 34-year-old Russian superstar has recorded an eye-opening 26 of his 32 career victories by way of knockout and dropped Ward in their first meeting almost a year ago, before going on to lose via a unanimous decision. Despite his loss in their first meeting, Sergey Kovalev will have a legitimate chance to extract some revenge.
Why Wager on Andre Ward Boxing Betting Odds at -153
I’ll start with the best reason to back Andre Ward and that would be that he’s never been beaten in 31 career fights (31-0). Another good reason to back the reigning champ is that he beat Sergey Kovalev in their first meeting in December.
Although it should be noted that he did get knocked down once in the bout. Ward is also the younger and far more athletic fighter in this matchup and has the advantage in both, hand and foot speed, not to mention the fact that he easily switches between fighting as a right-hander or southpaw. Ward is also the slightly younger boxer and has the added incentive of keeping his pristine record intact.
Expert Analysis and Prediction
While I’m expecting the pugnacious Sergey Kovalev to put forth a great effort in order to get the upset win, no matter how hard I try, I just don’t see it happening unless Kovalev gets lucky and catches Ward with a haymaker. Since I don’t really see Ward getting himself in too much danger, the ‘smart’ pick in this bout is to back the reigning champ to use his superior athleticism to both, frustrate Kovalev and pile up some early points.
If Kovalev gets desperate and tries to get the knockout against Ward, he could end up catching a hay-maker of his own from the champ. Either way, you should expect Andre ward to retain his titles by beating Sergey Kovalev for the second time I as many meetings.
Pick: Andre Ward via Ninth Round TKO