April 2 Boxing Odds Preview
Four boxing titles will be on the line on April 2, and three of them are offering budget prices on the champions. The other one is a replacement fighter safe-money opportunity that won’t stretch your bankroll to the limits.
The WBA and WBO Intercontinental heavyweight champion titles will be on the line when Robert Helenius (14-0) squares off against former WBC champion Sam Peter (34-4). This fight will be important for the heavyweight division, and the winner will likely be looking at a world title shot in the future. Helenius will be a 5Dimes -240 favorite against Peter, who will pay a 5Dimes upset price of +200.
Helenius will be put be put to the test against Peter, who appears to be past his prime. If Peter decides to come into the fight in shape this could go either way. The thing about Peter is that he doesn’t seem to have the drive to chase a world title like he once did, making the Helenius bet the best choice in this fight.
The WBC cruiserweight title will be on the line April 2 when Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (44-2-1) puts his title on the line against undefeated Puerto Rican challenger Francisco Palacios (20-0). The line on Wlodarczyk is different across the sportsbooks and the best price on him to defend his title is -310 at 5Dimes. Francisco Palacios will be stepping into the upper echelon of the cruiserweight division, so the upset price is as high as +300 at Sports Interaction.
The WBO light heavyweight title fight between Nathan Cleverly (21-0) and Jurgen Braehmer (36-2) will be the one that bookmakers have handicapped as the closest matchup. Cleverly is getting a lot of respect as the challenger and will be the favorite to walk out with the belt. The best price on Cleverly to win is currently a -190 line at 5Dimes. A Braehmer upset win will be worth as much as +165 at . This fight will be a good one, but Cleverly should come out as the new champ.
The fight that the books have as safe money on April 2 is the WBO cruiserweight title fight between Marco Huck (31-1) and Ran Nakash (25-0). Nakash is only getting a title shot because Huck lost his original opponent, Giacobbe Fragomeni. Oddsmakers at 5Dimes feel that Nakash is not ready for this stage and have the champion Huck as a heavy -2000 favorite. If you like longshot bets Nakash will pay +1000 at 5Dimes for the upset.