Against all odds: Cotto vs Alvarez, Abraham vs Murray and more
Written by François Bouchard aka Southpaw -
In France, Very interesting rematch between former middleweight champion Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam and Avtandil Khurtsidze. N’Dam is a small -270 favorite, while Khurtsidze is +210. Expect another close fight that goes 12 rounds.
In Hannover, Germany, Englishman Martin Murray will try to make the fourth one a charm as he goes for his fourth try for a world title, having drew with Felix Sturm and lost a close fight to Sergio Martinez while giving Gennady Golovkin a good fight for 11 rounds. WBO super middleweight champion Abraham is past his prime but this is still Germany. This is why he is still favorite at -145 and Murray is +125. This is your best shot at a draw.
Anthony Crolla is a -185 favorite against Darleys Perez and it’s difficult to understand. Perez should win this, plus he is the more skilled fighter. Event though he is in enemy territory, I expect him to make no doubt this time. There is a good chance the underdog +160 Perez keeps his WBA lightweight title. They fought to a draw last time.
Linear middleweight champion Miguel Cotto is a +260 underdog to lose his belt to youngster Saul Alvarez, and this should happen by KO. Alvarez is a -320 favorite and I expect him to blast out the champion. Most people expect a war. I expect the older fighter with a lesser chin to surrender.