WBA middleweight titlist Felix Sturm is favored as expected for today's fight against Matthew Macklin in Germany, and Kell Brook is an enormous favorite against veteran Lovemore N'dou in Sheffield, England. Sturm vs Macklin and Brook vs N'dou share the Sky Sports bill starting at 3:30 pm EDT, and Bad Left Hook will have live, round-by-round coverage of both fights.
Also late tonight in Mexico, Fernando Montiel moves up to 122 pounds to battle Nehomar Cermeno, and once again the home fighter is favored.
Sturm vs Macklin
Sturm (35-2-1, 15 KO) is a -500 favorite at SBG Global, while 5Dimes has him at a -410 line, making him a pretty strong favorite and positioning Macklin (28-2, 19 KO) as a genuine underdog. Macklin will be battling uphill in this fight as he's on the road in Cologne. In his career fighting in Germany, Sturm is 32-1-1, with his only loss coming via TKO-10 to Javier Castillejo in 2006.
Macklin's odds are +300 at SBG Global and +330 at 5Dimes. Macklin has only truly fought abroad a couple of times, as all but two of his fights have been in the United Kingdom or Ireland. He was 2-0 in a pair of fights in the United States in 2005.
Brook vs N'dou
Brook (23-0, 16 KO) is making his debut for promoter Matchroom Sport and has been installed as a rather useless -4000 and -5000 favorite at 5Dimes and SBG Global, respectively. The 39-year-old N'dou (48-12-2, 31 KO) is fighting heavier than his prime weight for this welterweight bout, and fighting north of 140 pounds, has gone 3-2-1. He's a +2000 underdog on both listed lines.
Montiel vs Cermeno
Montiel (44-3-2, 34 KO) has odds in his favor tonight, but this one could be the trickiest of these three. The 32-year-old slugger has odds of -525 at Bodog and -550 at 5Dimes. But his opponent Nehomar Cermeno (20-3, 12 KO) is no easy task. Cermeno has lines of +325 and +425 respectively, but his style is one that could definitely give Montiel trouble, especially with Montiel moving up to a new weight. While it's true Cermeno has lost three of his last four, those fights were all against good fighters, and were all split decisions in fights he could have won. Montiel was showing signs of aging before he knocked off Hozumi Hasegawa last year, and well before he was torn to shreds in two rounds by Nonito Donaire in February.