George Groves will be looking to repeat his amateur success against James DeGale, but oddsmakers don't like his chances. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
Tomorrow's big show in London isn't as big as it was supposed to be, but one of the two co-main events still has plenty of intrigue.
That fight is the 168-pound grudge match between James DeGale and George Groves, two young professionals who have been rivals since their amateur days. Though "Chunky" DeGale scaled heights Groves could not match, including winning an Olympic gold medal, their lone amateur fight resulted in a Groves victory that neither have much shut up about since.
Oddsmakers have installed DeGale, regarded as the better prospect, as a clear favorite:
DeGale is hardly a staggering favorite, which is fair -- Bodog's -500 is a pretty steep bet. Odds Shark and Sportsbook.com being at -380 and -360 is a lot more cautious, and rightfully so. Though DeGale is a blue chip prospect, a prospect is a prospect, and putting serious coin down on a prospect is always a risky proposition. Those who fancy a Groves repeat from the amateur days have some nice options, as nothing is too big of a reach if you wanted to put some money down on the Hammersmith youngster.
The night's other main event is at 175 pounds, with Nathan Cleverly facing super short notice replacement opponent Aleksy Kuziemski. These odds should be no surprise.
Two of the four books we track aren't even accepting bets on this fight. That's mostly because the fight was just made official on Thursday, but even still, this isn't competitive on paper, and if you want to win a few clams on Cleverly, you have to take a real risk here.