The middleweight punchers meet in a WBA world title final eliminator, live in Ireland on eir Sport, at the T-Mobile Arena in one of the chief support bouts to Gennady Golovkin’s WBA-WBC middleweight title rematch versus Canelo Alvarez.
34-year-old O’Sullivan [28(20)-2(1)] is a slight underdog for the fight with bookmakers and no deposit free bet sites but the prices, at the very least, suggest that it is a match-up that could go any way.
29-year-old Lemieux is younger and the prevailing narrative has been that the former world champion is on something of a downward spiral. Whether this is true remains to be seen and the Québécois puncher’s power can not be disputed.
The best price for an O’Sullivan win comes in at 7/4 and this is available with SkyBet, Paddy Power, and Betfair.
For Lemieux to emerge victorious, prices are generally 1/2 or worse but 4/7 is available with Marathon.
Two heavy punchers, a draw seems unlikely and this is reflected by the 33/1 price with both Paddy Power and Betfair.
In terms of Method of Victory, a Spike stoppage is 3/1 (Ladbrokes, Paddy Power, Betfair, Coral) while a points win for the Mahon man is 13/2 (Paddy Power, Betfair).
For Lemieux, a stoppage is around evens, with the best price coming in at 19/17 (Marathon). Similarly, a points win for the Montreal man is around 4/1 and as high as 5/1 (Blacktype).
The bookmakers are expecting a stoppage either way, and the fight is as short as 4/11 to NOT go the distance (BetVictor) and 5/2 for the full 12 rounds to be completed (SkyBet).