Adrien Broner joined a select few who successfully captured gold in his very first bout having bypassed two weight classes to do so. The victory cashed bets for those willing to lay as high as $1,500 to win $100.
More importantly, the fight proved to be no easy task as one of the three judges who scored the bout gave the victory to the champion, Paulie Malignaggi. But when all the dust had cleared, Broner captured his newest trinket by way of a split decision.
Those who read my breakdown leading up to the fight were able to also cash by backing the OVER. Few expected Malignaggi would make it to the final bell, which was evident by the price tag that came with Broner /UNDER, but I truly expected the bout to be as competitive as it turned out based on styles, experience, and the data available on both men.
The reason I brought last weekend’s bout up was not to tout my main pick on OVER, which got the money I may add. Instead, it’s to lead us into this Saturday night’s featured title fight on the East Coast involving Gennadiy Golovkin.
Foxwoods Resort & Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut will play host to this title fight as the current WBA and IBO champion Gennady Golovkin (26-0, 23 KO’s) looks to defend his straps against the always game Matthew Macklin (29-4, 20 KO’s).
Why is last week’s title bout brought up when discussing this fight you ask ?
Because again oddsmakers have sent the favorite out as the -1100 betting favorite, with the take back on the underdog a tempting +700.
The biggest difference between the two bouts though is this time around it’s the champion Golovkin who bookmakers have listed as the betting favorite, unlike last week when the challenger carried all that chalk into the ring.
Simply put, I have to agree that the big price is well warranted. Though Macklin is as tough as they get and has proven to be a tough out for any fighter at middleweight, the bottom line is he showed against the likes of Sergio Martinez (a fight he lost by TKO), he lacks the necessary tools to dethrone the top guys.
Macklin is well known for having heart and possessing one of the sturdiest chins in the sport. However, as they say in the fight game, show me a fighter who’s all heart and I’ll show you a man who’s about to take a beating. And for Macklin, his skills just aren’t going to get it done at this level.
More importantly against Golovkin that chin is going to get tested throughout the night. The 2004 Olympic silver medalist currently holds the highest KO percentage in middleweight championship history, as well as being ranked first among all active fighters at 88%.
Some may question the level of opposition faced thus far, but rest assured the 31 year old packs a punch. What makes him even more dangerous is the fact he’s not simply a banger. He also possesses an impressive boxing pedigree as an amateur, winning gold in the World Championships in 2003 and Asian Games in 2002. It’s that boxing acumen that’s made him one of the sport’s most avoided fighters and champions at the moment.
Finally, I do believe this is a step up in competition for Golovkin, who is facing the best puncher in his pro career. But this is a challenge he’s been well groomed for many years now and I’m certain we’ll see him at the top of the middleweight division for a few years.
Golovkin has yet to absorb much punishment. Look for this bout to be more or less his coming out party. It will be competitive early on but, unlike Broner, this big favorite gets it done within the allotted time and does not allow the decision to fall into the hands of the judges.
Vegas-Runner, a pro sports bettor in Las Vegas, has been featured on CNBC/ESPN. Follow him on Twitter @vegasrunner, at Pregame.com and on AM 1100 ESPN (also FM 98.9) on Fridays and Sundays from 11 p.m. to midnight when he co-hosts First Preview. Contact Vegas Runner at [email protected]
Vegas-Runner, a pro sports bettor in Las Vegas, has been featured on CNBC/ESPN. Follow him on Twitter @vegasrunner, at Pregame.com and on AM 1100 ESPN (also FM 98.9) on Fridays and Sundays from 11 pm to midnight when he co-hosts First Preview. Contact Vegas Runner at [email protected].