August 13 will be a live date for boxing action with three fights on tap. Betting options range from a lopsided mismatch to a near-even opportunity on an undefeated up-and-comer.
5Dimes is offering action on the undefeated Abner Mares (21-0, 13 KOs) against Joseph Agbeko (28-2, 22 KOs). These two were originally set to meet back in April, but a health issue caused Agbeko to postpone the week of the fight. It will finally go down on the 13th at the Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The undefeated Mares had a tough time in his last fight against Vic Darchinyan so he will come into this one as just a slight -165 favorite at 5Dimes. Agbeko is a capable opponent so the upset payout at 5Dimes is only +145. As good as this fight should be, it looks like the price on Mares to win has some value.
Heavyweight action from New Zealand will have veterans David Tua and Monte Barrett squaring off for the second time. They fought to a draw a year ago and Barrett has decided to postpone retirement for another shot at Tua. Barrett was able to drop Tua in the 12th round in the first fight, but it wasn’t enough to earn the decision.
Oddsmakers at 5Dimes think that Tua will be better prepared this time around and have him as a -450 favorite. A Barrett victory will pay +360 at 5Dimes, and considering their first meeting he might be worth the risk this time around.
The mismatch bet of the night has Michael Katsidis over short-notice replacement Michael Lozada. If you’re sure Katsidis will dominate Lozada it won’t be cheap to take action on him, as 5Dimes has him as a -2500 favorite while Lozada will pay +1400 for the unlikely upset.
As expensive as the Katsidis tune-up opportunity may be there isn’t really any way, on paper at least, for Lozada to dominate this fight. If you have the bankroll Katsidis should be worth the risk in this one.
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Odds Shark Staff Fri, May 20, 2:18pm