Castillo has worth as +300 underdog

Nov 26, 2002 2:37 AM

Here’s a good futures bet to make two weeks in advance. Take Jose Luis Castillo to upset Floyd Mayweather for the WBC lightweight championship.

The two fighters were involved in a highly-controversial decision back in April when all three judges ruled for Mayweather and virtually everyone else covering the bout had it the other way. GamingToday scored the fight for Castillo and justice may finally be served Dec. 7 at Mandalay Bay.

HBO, which is televising the fight live, is conducting a poll on the website. As of late last week, more than 62 percent favored Castillo in the rematch.

Those results are stunning, considering that Âí­Mayweather opened as a solid —400 favorite to retain the title. Castillo would bring excellent money at +300. This could be a most interesting outcome in betting circles because, in Castillo, the public has a genuine shot and pulling off a major upset at a big price.

That doesn’t happen very often in boxing.

The undercard features a 12-round bout for the WBO heavyweight title between champion Wladimir Klitschko and No. 1 contender Jameel McCline. The Klitschko brothers (Wladimir and Vitaly) are imposing fighters, but in great need of American exposure. So, for that matter, is McCline.

ALSO: Congrats to Chris Davis, whose hard work at Wild Wild West was rewarded with a return to Fiesta Rancho to run the race and sports book. Davis is also overseeing the Fiesta Henderson operation. Davis is one of the good guys in the business and we wish him well.

The recent UFC card at MGM Grand drew more than 13,000 fans, nearly double what the Barrera-Tapia fight drew two weeks earlier. UFC fighting is growing in popularity with the fans, even if the media hasn’t received it with open arms.