Tonight’s Showtime (9:00 pm ET) main event between Gervonta “Tank” Davis and Yuriorkis Gamboa is a crossroads sort of meeting, a rising star at age 25 against a 38-year-old veteran, and most — including our staffers — expect youth to be served.
The oddsmakers are seeing it that way, too, and decidedly so. Davis (22-0, 21 KO) is a huge favorite against Gamboa (30-2, 18 KO) in the 12-round lightweight fight, which will have the vacant secondary WBA “world” title on the line.
The various online books have Davis listed between -1667 and -5000, with Gamboa between +800 and +1565. The odds maker sense, as Davis has been trucking his opposition to date, and Gamboa is old and hasn’t scored a win in years that makes most take him seriously at this point, and he’s never been near his best as a lightweight.
The co-feature between light heavyweight vets Jean Pascal (34-6-1, 20 KO) and Badou Jack (22-2-3, 13 KO) is seen as far more competitive, and rightly so. The 37-year-old Pascal and 36-year-old Jack are both seen as top 10 guys at 175 right now, but also both are unquestionably in the back ends of their careers.
Jack, coming off of a loss to Marcus Browne in January, is the slight favorite over Pascal, who is coming off of a somewhat fluky technical decision win over Browne in August.
Jack is listed between -227 and -300, with Pascal between +175 and +236. It’s an interesting matchup; the winner goes on to another big fight, the loser is at a tough spot in his career, though with Pascal you never know either way, really.
The Showtime opener between former super middleweight titleholder Jose Uzcategui (29-3, 24 KO) and Lionell Thompson (21-5, 12 KO) is another one with a big favorite. Uzcategui is listed between -1000 and -1250, with Thompson between +525 and +729. Thompson, 34, is basically at a last-ditch moment here; he’s moving down from 175 for the first time in his 10-year pro career, trying to finally break through as a contender.
There will also be an IBF eliminator at 122 pounds, streaming live and free on YouTube and Facebook at 6:45 pm ET, between undefeated Angelo Leo (18-0, 8 KO) and experienced grinder Cesar Juarez (25-7, 19 KO). Leo’s a strong betting favorite here, listed between -690 and -1050, but Juarez is the sort of guy who can surprise on certain nights in the right matchups. The Mexican is between +375 and +667.