Celebrity boxing has become the latest craze over the last couple of years since Logan Paul and KSI put on a YouTube boxing event in which they were the main event. Paul and KSI ran it back under the Matchroom Boxing umbrella aired on DAZN and got plenty of attention.
More recently, Logan’s younger brother Jake was part of the co-main event under Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr. when he took on former NBA guard Nate Robinson. Paul was the victor in that bout in dominant fashion via second-round knockout. Quickly, many raised their hands to be the next to stand across the ring from Jake, including San Jose Sharks forward Evander Kane.
Big brother Logan has responded to Evander, drawing attention away from Jake, who may have his hands full with Bellator MMA fighter Dillon Danis.
this you? pic.twitter.com/mvRKekkw5i— Logan Paul (@LoganPaul) December 2, 2020
With a beef apparently brewing, online sportsbook Bovada has released Logan Paul vs Evander Kane odds and has listed Paul as the large -270 favorite with Kane coming in as the +180 underdog. This means you would have to wager $270 on a Paul win to profit $100, while a $100 bet on a Kane win would profit you $180.
Logan Paul vs Evander Kane Odds
Odds as of December 4 at Bovada
According to our sports betting calculator, Logan Paul’s odds of -270 give him an implied win probability of 72.97 percent, while Evander Kane’s odds of +180 have an implied win probability of 35.71 percent.
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Paul vs Kane Odds
Although Logan Paul has professional boxing experience, losing the rematch vs KSI in a controversial split decision after they fought to a draw in their amateur bout a year prior, I was quite surprised to see him favored to this extent. The YouTube star was the -230 favorite over KSI and had he not had a two-point deduction for an illegal blow to the back of the head on a downed fighter, he would have won that bout.
That said, according to hockeyfights.com, Evander Kane has had 14 fights in the NHL and it is well-documented that he trains in boxing to stay fit and ready if he has to drop the mitts on the ice. You should also know Evander’s dad was a boxer and Evander is named after great heavyweight Evander Holyfield, speaking to his parents’ appreciation for the sport.
Logan Paul vs Evander Kane Preview & Prediction
I’d assumed Paul was the bigger of the two but, in fact, both men stand six-foot-two and weigh roughly the same. The YouTuber, with 22.6 million followers, does have good power in his hands, which commanded KSI’s attention in their two fights and dropped him to the canvas in the second encounter. That said, he tends to throw with nearly 100 percent power on every punch, so he tires quickly.
Seeing Kane’s odds of +180 could speak to the horrendous performance of Nate Robinson, who appeared as though he’d never stepped foot in the ring. However, I don’t expect that to be the case this time around because Evander has boxing in his genes, has done it in preparation for his NHL toils, and has dropped the gloves and duked it out with opponents on the ice.
Lastly, I would have to think that Kane’s conditioning would be top-level playing in the NHL, which could allow him to win the later rounds as well.
The big question is how dedicated Kane has been in his off-ice boxing training and how serious he would take this fight. If he treats it as Nate Robinson did, then he’s in trouble. But given the fact he’s been doing it for years, he likely knows how to throw a good jab, which is primarily what you need to win these white-collar celebrity boxing matches. Paul definitely has power in his hands but overall I think he’s bitten off more than he can chew and Kane is going to rough him up.
Prediction: Evander Kane (+180) via decision
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