Luke Campbell is no scrub of an opponent, a legitimate lightweight contender, and he’s got home field today in London. But nonetheless he’ll be a huge underdog against the man many consider the top pound-for-pound fighter in the sport, Vasiliy Lomachenko.
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As of this writing, Lomachenko (13-1, 10 KO) is a huge favorite on the books, with lines ranging from -1400 to -3333 favorite to retain his WBA and WBO titles and add the vacant WBC belt, which is also at stake.
Campbell (20-2, 16 KO) is listed between +736 and +1400. A win by “Cool Hand” Luke would send shockwaves through the sport, and would rival Ruiz upsetting Joshua for pure surprise, at least going by the odds. Odds for that fight had Joshua between -1800 and -3300, with Ruiz between +900 and +1400.
On the undercard, perhaps the most intriguing fight — at least from a betting perspective — is the heavyweight clash between Hughie Fury (23-2, 13 KO) and Alexander Povetkin (34-2, 24 KO).
Povetkin, at 39, is 15 years older than Fury, and he’ll be giving up a fair amount of height. But Fury’s not a big puncher like Wladimir Klitschko or Anthony Joshua (the two men who have beaten Povetkin), and they weigh the same, with Povetkin built thicker.
Fury has failed in a couple of step up fights already, and bookies have Povetkin as the slight favorite here, lines between -155 and +227. Fury, who like Campbell has home field, is also like Campbell the underdog, but not so dramatically. Fury is listed between +130 and +158.
Charlie Edwards (15-1, 6 KO) will defend his WBC flyweight title against Julio Cesar Martinez (14-1, 11 KO), and the odds on this one are fairly close, too. Edwards is listed between -308 and -357 to retain his title, while Martinez is between +230 and +274. Martinez is coming off of an upset win over Andrew Selby in Mexico, so he’s got some momentum, as does Edwards.
Other fights on the card:
- Joshua Buatsi (-6000 to -20000) vs Ryan Ford (+1301 to +4900)
- Joe Cordina (-3000 to -10000) vs Gavin Gwynne (+1025 to +2300)
- James Tennyson (-181 to -250) vs Atif Shafiq (+150 to +175)
There’s also a card later tonight on FOX (8 pm ET) from Minneapolis, with Erislandy Lara headlining against Canelo Alvarez’s brother Ramon.
Lara (25-3-3, 14 KO), a former titleholder at 154, hasn’t actually won a fight in just about two years, but is still a top contender on paper. Alvarez (28-7-3, 16 KO) ... is Canelo Alvarez’s brother, which is about what his career has going for it. He was beaten down by a badly faded Brandon Rios last November.
For this fight, Alvarez didn’t come close to making weight, but the fight is on anyway, because there’s major TV money and time slots invested and you can’t very well headline FOX with Fundora-Clark. But this is about what PBC deserved for making this fight a FOX main event in the first place, and what the WBA deserved for moronically putting a “world” title on the line. Maybe after Lara puts the whoop on him, the WBA will rank Ramon at 160 since he’s a middleweight now. Maybe if Canelo sends them a nice fruit basket with a personalized apology.
Lara is favored big, as he should be, with lines between -2597 and -5000, with Alvarez listed between +900 and +2875.
The FOX card will have two other fights, too:
- Sebastian Fundora (-625 to -856) vs Jamontay Clark (+350 to +616)
- Frank Sanchez (-2433 to -5000) vs Victor Bisbal (+875 to +2082)