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Mike Tyson vs Lennox Lewis Odds: A Rematch 19 Years in the Making

Mike Tyson is favored in the Mike Tyson vs Lennox Lewis Odds

It was late November when Mike Tyson returned to the boxing ring to take on fellow legend Roy Jones Jr. While the fight ended in a controversial draw even though it was clear Tyson won, it was still an enjoyable event overall. Now, “Iron” Mike is back at it again, looking to avenge a 2002 loss when he takes on Lennox Lewis.

It is unclear whether this bout will be an exhibition like the Tyson vs Jones Jr. fight or if there will be a legitimate winner. At this point, we are going to treat it as a professional bout and it is Tyson who is favored in Mike Tyson vs Lennox Lewis odds.

Online sportsbook Bovada has released the Mike Tyson vs Lennox Lewis odds and listed “The Baddest Man on the Planet” as the -160 favorite while the last undisputed heavyweight champion, Lewis, is the +120 underdog.

The Tyson vs Lewis odds mean that you would have to wager $160 to profit $100 with a Tyson win, while a $100 bet on a Lewis victory would profit you $120.

According to our sports betting calculator, the -160 Iron Mike betting line represents an implied win probability of 61.54 percent while +120 for Lennox has an implied win probability of 45.45 percent.

Latest Tyson vs Lewis Odds

Who is the tyson-Lewis betting favorite?
FighterCurrent OddsOpening OddsImplied Win Probability
Mike Tyson-160-16061.54%
Lennox Lewis+120+12045.45%

Odds as of April 28 at Bovada

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Tyson vs Lewis Odds Analysis

If you go back and look through Mike Tyson’s odds history, he was a +175 underdog the first time he fought Lennox Lewis in June 2002. Lewis defended his WBC, IBF, IBO and The Ring heavyweight titles with an eighth-round knockout. “The Lion” fought just one more time, defending his belts – minus the IBF – against Vitali Klitschko in 2003, and hasn’t competed since.

On the one hand, seeing the man who won the first bout as an underdog in the rematch is extremely enticing. But on the flip side, Tyson has had four bouts since their first encounter and was in the ring as recently as last November.

Where will the odds move?

I do think the odds are probably set just about right. Despite some criticisms in the Tyson vs Jones fight, I thought that Iron Mike looked pretty good and stuck to the rules of the California State Athletic Commission of not seeking the knockout, because he certainly could have. There’s likely to be little odds movement on this bout, in my opinion – perhaps a little in Mike’s direction due to Lewis’s lengthy layoff, but ultimately it will settle near this current line.

Mike Tyson vs Lennox Lewis Betting Prediction

My feelings about this bout are similar to those I had about the Tyson vs Jones Jr. bout, particularly in relation to whether they will box or spar. We saw in that bout that it was a sparring match; the few times that Tyson hurt Jones to the body, they would clinch for the remainder of the round, ultimately resulting in a draw.

Lewis hasn’t boxed competitively in 18 years but the former undisputed heavyweight champion has outstanding credentials, from the Olympics to an incredible professional career. He didn’t have that sad ending to his career that we see so often of several losses – often knockouts – leading into retirement. In fact, The Lion won his last three fights, all by knockout, and retired with three belts.

Meanwhile, Mike Tyson fought in November and looked really good. He was bobbing and weaving while showing good power in his hands, though he didn’t let fly completely in the glorified sparring event.

Ultimately, Lennox dominated Mike when the two collided in 2002 and although that was a lifetime ago, if you’re going to give me The Lion as an underdog, I have to take him.

Prediction: Lennox Lewis (+120) via decision