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Beterbiev vs Johnson Betting Odds

Artur Beterbiev vs Callum Johnson Betting Odds

The IBF light heavyweight title is up for grabs when Artur Beterbiev lays his belt on the line against Callum “The One” Johnson this Saturday at the Wintrust Arena in Chicago, Illinois. The undefeated champion is a -1200 favorite to retain his title with the undefeated challenger coming back as a +700 underdog.

Beterbiev has been a heavy favorite in each of his last four fights that there have been odds for (his fight vs Isidro Ranoni Prieto didn’t have odds) with his best value in those bouts being -2500. At -1200, these are his lowest odds yet, while this is the second time that Johnson has been an underdog in his last three fights. The One was only a slight dog in his fight against Frank Buglioni in 2017, a fight he won with a first-round TKO. I anticipate the odds to tighten up a little bit as we get closer to Saturday.

Breaking down Beterbiev vs Johnson

Beterbiev (-1200) brings into this fight devastating knockout power that has seen him put together a perfect 12-0 record, with each fight ending via T/KO. The Russia native has only once gone further than the seventh round as he has finished his opponents on average late in the second round. Beterbiev’s last bout went into the 12th round with Enrico Kolling, but once again the fight ended via knockout with the 33-year-old having his hand raised, winning the vacant IBF light heavyweight title that Andre Ward vacated. This is Beterbiev’s first defense of that belt.

Johnson (+700) is fighting outside the U.K. for the first time in his eight-year career. The England native has rattled off 17 straight victories since 2010, with 12 wins coming via T/KO, four by decision and one by disqualification. This is the third 12-round fight that Johnson has been in and the previous two have ended via T/KO wins, including his last fight when he knocked out Buglioni in the first round to win the British light heavyweight title. The One is explosive with true knockout power in his punches and he fights well behind his jab.

Neither fighter has been stopped in his career while they have combined for 24 knockouts through their 29 total fights. Johnson has gone to decision in four of his bouts, but each of those scraps was a four-round fight. Beterbiev wastes no time getting his opponents out of the ring and has scary knockout power. I anticipate this fight to be ended within the distance as both of these boxers can finish a bout with a single punch.

Prediction: Artur Beterbiev (-1200) via knockout

Artur Beterbiev vs Callum Johnson Betting Odds
Artur Beterbiev-1200
Callum Johnson+700

Odds as of October 2 at Bovada