The "other" fight tomorrow takes place in Moscow between highly-rated cruiserweight Denis Lebedev and former middleweight, super middleweight, light heavyweight and heavyweight champ Roy Jones Jr, who hasn't won a significant fight in years.
After all the press conference rapping is over -- and it is over now -- these two actually have to fight. Jones is fighting outside of the United States for just the second time in this one, after traveling to Australia in late 2009 to lose to Danny Green in the first round. Most expect little better this time around, but I think that same majority also expects Lebedev to get a more "legit" early stoppage of the American star.
Here are the odds:
To be 100% honest, these are simply sensational odds on Lebedev. He's a really big puncher in the prime of his career and as a legit cruiserweight, likely way too strong for the 42-year-old Jones, who hasn't taken punches well for a long time now. Danny Green shook him up (even if you disagree with the stoppage), and Green is not the puncher Lebedev is. Lebedev is the real deal. If you question Lebedev's power, ask Alexander Alexeev:
These Lebedev odds are, in my opinion, exceptionally friendly. I don't know what Roy Jones Jr these lines makers think will be taking to the ring tomorrow, but out here in the real world, it's not a guy who should even be this close in the odds. If I were responsible for making lines for boxing, I'd have put Lebedev at a low-end -850. I mean this fight is basically a lock.