While much of the talk this week has been that DC's Lamont Peterson shapes up as a serious test for Britain's Amir Khan on Saturday night, the oddsmakers are not even close to being in agreement with that assessment.
Khan has been installed as a truly enormous favorite in this fight. Just for reference, these odds are steeper than Povetkin vs Boswell or Chavez vs Manfredo, and about on par with Gamboa vs Ponce De Leon.
Essentially, the oddsmakers are giving Peterson (29-1-1, 15 KO) no chance to beat Khan (26-1, 18 KO).
Now, oddsmakers aren't always right -- these odds aren't terribly dissimilar to what was laid down for Pacquiao vs Marquez III, and that turned out to be an incredibly close fight, of course. But usually, to be quite honest, the sportsbooks know what they're doing, and expectations for Peterson may need to be scaled back a bit for some tonight.
Lamont Peterson winning would be a true upset if it happens, but what a story it would be, too, with Peterson fighting at home and looking to finally get over the hump after a couple of shots in previous big-time bouts.