This afternoon's heavyweight double-header from Germany features a main event of Alexander Povetkin facing Ruslan Chagaev, and a co-feature with Robert Helenius taking on former titlist Sergei Liakhovich.
Povetkin is a strong favorite on the sportsbooks, but not nearly as big as Finland's Helenius. Here are the Povetkin vs Chagaev odds:
Povetkin (21-0, 15 KO) is taking his first crack at a major belt today, which is territory Chagaev (27-1-1, 17 KO) knows very well as a former holder of the WBA heavyweight belt. Povetkin, now 31, isn't really much younger than the 32-year-old Chagaev at all, but he's had far less wear-and-tear during his boxing career, even including his long amateur run as a star for Russia, and Chagaev has looked worn-down in recent fights, including a closer-than-expected bout with Travis Walker in his last outing on November 19, 2010.
But it's the co-feature where the winner is being viewed as a true foregone conclusion:
Helenius (15-0, 10 KO) has shot up the rankings with wins over veterans like Samuel Peter, Lamon Brewster, Taras Bidenko, and Attila Levin, while 35-year-old Liakhovich (25-3, 16 KO) has really done nothing since dropping his WBO belt to Shannon Briggs in 2006. Since losing to Briggs, Liakhovich has fought only three times, going 2-1. He lost badly to Nikolai Valuev in 2008, and has since picked up victories over lower-tier fighters Jeremy Bates and Evans Quinn.