Saturday 16th April is the date for Amir Khan to defend his WBA World Light-Welterweight title against Paul McCloskey. Taking place in Manchester’s M.E.N Arena at 9pm the bookmakers will be looking to offer as many betting opportunites as they can for bet on boxing match.
The bookies have Khan down as the hot favourite to win and retain his crown with Totesport going as short as 1/14 at the moment, not very appealling at all. However, if you do really want to back Khan at a short price the best bookies odds are 1/9 with a host of bookmakers including William Hill and Sky Bet.
If you fancy an upset is on the cards and think McCloskey can move up from European Champion to World Champion then there are some pretty mouth watering bookies odds on offer at the moment. The best odds we have seen so far on a McCloskey win are 13/2 offered by Coral Bookies and Victor Chandler. Some bookmakers like Sky Bet and Stan James have gone as short as 5/1, may be they have a feeling that his right uppercut could cause problems. A less unlikely outcome would be the bout ending in a draw and Paddy Power are offering 40/1 on that.
The method in winning is always a good and popular betting market with boxing matches which can have more rewarding boxing betting odds than the straight victory bet markets. For Khan to win the fight by KO, TKO or Disqualification then odds of 2/5 can be had with Sportingbet and Boylesports, and with Khan’s hand speed and power this is a bet we like. For Khan to win by Decision or Technical Decision then you can get odds of 10/3 with bookmakers Bet365, Paddy Power and Totesport.
For McCloskey to win by KO, TKO or Disqualification the bookies are being more generous with Boylesports and Unibet offering the best bookies odds of 10/1. For McCloskey to win by a Decision or Technical Decision then the bookmakers are pretty much all agreed with just about all of them offering 20/1.
The Round betting is also popular with the punters and offers some big odds if you can get the right round the fight will end. You would probably fall sleep if we went through all the odds so we’ll just pick out a few likelly bets that offer good value. Firstly Khan, as every boxing fan knows, has fantastic hand speed and power and can unhinge an opponent very quickly if he catches them cold, and he has done in the past. With this is mind a Khan victory in Round 1 gets odds of 16/1 with William Hill and Sportingbet. Khan’s last 2 fights have gone a fair distance though so may be round 9, 10 and 11 might be of interest with Boylesports offering 16/1 on the 10th round and 20/1 on the 11th. 14/1 is offered by both Boylesports and Victor Chandler with the rest of the rounds being either 12/1 or 14/1.
The bookies are offering big odds on just about every round for a McCloskey win so if you really do fancy an upset you could place a few round bets and still make a nice profit. The main bet we have seen and like is for McCloskey to win in the first round. Now this really would be an upset but Khan was KO’d in the first round in his only loss to Breidis Prescott. Paddy Power, Betfred and Sportingbet all agree this would be a massive upset an are offering the best odds of 80/1 on this. The 80/1 is a steady price the bookmakers are offering on all McCloskey’s early rounds shortening to 60/1 in the middle rounds. Betfred then have got the best bookies odds for the last 2 round wi