Two world boxing titles will be on the line on March 19, and both bouts are offering some interesting odds. These fights are both one-sided matchups, but if you can afford the lines they look like easy money opportunities. However, like with most easy boxing money, you’re going to have to risk a few bucks to get the chance at the dough.
Vitali Klitschko (41-2) will put his WBC Heavyweight title on the line against undefeated No. 1 contender Odlanier Solis (17-0). This is the latest mismatch set up by the WBC promoters, and oddsmakers are giving Solis very little chance to win his first belt. As a +500 underdog at 5Dimes the payout would be substantial on just about any Solis bet, but despite his record it’s not advised to opt for the challenger in this fight.
Klitschko has been destroying all of his opposition since Lennox Lewis last beat him back in 2003. Since then he’s been on a nine-fight win streak and hasn’t really been challenged by anyone. The cheapest line you can find on Klitschko successfully defending his title is at 5Dimes and comes in at hefty -700. As pricey as that number may seem, it’s still the best way to go in this WBC Heavyweight title fight. Solis is not ready for what Klitschko is going to do to him and will likely fall in the first five rounds.
The other title fight on March 19 pits IBF Super Middleweight champion Lucian Bute against Brian Magee. Once again the oddsmakers think that this fight is a complete mismatch and that the challenger has little chance to dethrone the champ. Bute is 27-0 with 22 KO’s and currently is a -1200 favorite to retain his title. On some books he’s as pricey as -1667. That’s expensive to say the least, but despite the risk it’s about as safe as a bet can come in boxing.
The underdog payout on a Magee upset will have a huge price of +850. He’s been dominant in the UK over the years but will be stepping up in a big way against Bute. At 35 years old Magee gets what could be his last shot at the IBF Super Middleweight title, but beating a younger/faster Bute will easily be the toughest fight of his life so far. Look for the champ to win a one-sided unanimous decision over Magee.