An Updated Look at World Super Series Boxing Odds
It has to be said that the World Boxing Super Series has been a success so far. The format, the bouts and the general feeling around the tournament has had a positive reaction from fans and media alike. Now that we have reached the semi final stages in both weight classes, the excitement seems to be growing even more.
Unfortunately, Ireland will have no representation in the semi-finals, after Cork-based Mike Perez lost his quarter-final fight to Mairis Briedis on a unanimous decision. Still, there are plenty of great matchups on the cards and plenty of value in the boxing betting odds for those having a punt on the tournament.
Oleksandr Usyk claims first Cruiserweight Final spot
Oleksandr Usyk did not dazzle against Mairis Briedis in the first Cruiserweight Semi-Final, landing just 25% of his punches in a majority decision. The Ukrainian even admitted himself that he had to improve. Yet, he has added the WBC title to his WBO belt in what was an intriguing bout. He will go on to face either Murat Gassiev or Yunier Dorticos in the final. Those pair will contest the other semi-final in Sochi, Russia on February 3rd.
The current odds from Bet365 for the Final winner look like this:
While Usyk is rightfully regarded as favourite, having already booked his passage to the final and started as number one seed for the tournament, he is by no means a lock for beating either Gassiev or Dorticos. His punching was all over the place against Briedis, landing 212 from 848 thrown, whereas Briedis was much more efficient, landing 195 from 579 thrown. If Briedis had faded somewhat during the middle rounds, we could have been looking at another name in the final. Gassiev and Dorticos will have taken note.
Hard to Pick a Favourite from Super Middleweights:
he Super Middleweight Semi-Finals will start off with a thriller on Saturday 17th February when we see George Groves v Chris Eubank Jnr. The latter is slight favourite to take the win at 4/7, with Groves available at 7/5. In truth, it is something of a toss-up between the two and perhaps worth exploring other boxing betting markets, such as distance-betting or method of victory to get some real value.
The other semi-final looks pretty much nailed on for Callum Smith against Juergen Braehmer on 24th February. Smith is available at odds of 1/7, whereas Braehmer can be found at odds of 5/1 with some UK bookmakers. The German does seem to have his backers though, and some punters will be tempted at the odds of 37/5 available for him to win by KO. 35 of Braehmer’s 49 fights have ended with him winning in that fashion, so it wouldn’t be the biggest shock.
The outright odds for the Mohammed Ali Trophy in the Super Middleweight Division look like this:
|Chris Eubank Jnr||1/1|
Both finals will take place in May 2018.