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Boxing Betting: October Preview

Normally a slower month for boxing betting action, October 2013 is stacked with lots of bouts featuring some of the biggest names in the sport. On the line in October will be the WBA, IBF, IBO, Ring, and WBO Heavyweight titles, the WBO Welterweight title, as well as the IBF Light Heavyweight title.

This coming weekend on October 5 all eyes in the boxing betting world will be on the Olympic Arena in Moscow when Wladimir Klitschko (60-3, 51 KOs) puts all his Heavyweight titles on the line against undefeated Olympic Gold medallist Alexander Povetkin (26-0, 18 KO’s).

As expected Klitschko is a big favorite at 5Dimes, currently coming with a boxing odds -600 price tag. Povetkin will pay as much as +450 for the upset victory. What’s been interesting about this matchup is the fact that the betting opened at -1429 for Klitschko and action has driven that down to less than half that price.

On October 12 a much closer handicapped match is scheduled to go down at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas when the two fighters to recently beat Manny Pacquiao square off for the WBO Welterweight strap.

Timothy Bradley (30-0, 18 KO’s) will put his title on the line against Juan Manuel Marquez (55-6-1, 40 KO’s) in what promises to be a classic battle for the ages. Handicappers at 5Dimes have the fight very close with the boxing odds edge of -130 going to Marquez. That line is down from the initial -175.

A Bradley victory will currently pay +120 and looks like the best opportunity for an upset payday in the month of October. At 40 Marquez may be improving with age, but he hasn’t fought in ten months and is sure to face some new difficulties against Bradley.

On October 19 the ageless Bernard Hopkins (53-6-2-2, 32 KO’s) will be defending his new IBF Light Heavyweight title against Karo Murat (25-1-1, 15 KO’s). Hopkins is expected to completely dominate Murat as the -1000 favorite at 5Dimes, while the unlikely Murat upset will currently pay +650.