Shocker: Canelo an eye-popping price to defeat Golovkin in 2017
Bookmakers in the UK have an opening price of 11/4 against Mexican superstar Canelo Alvarez defeating middleweight king Gennady Golovkin in 2017.
Despite being massive at the super-welterweight limit and ready to move up in the next six months to become a fully-fledged 160 pounder, Canelo is almost written off as a challenge by SkyBet and Paddy Power in the betting.
In odds unlike those on Bonuscorner where there’s great tips for Betting on Boxing, a £400 stake would earn a £1500 return for Canelo to overthrow Golovkin on his own terms and when the three-time world title holder – along with his promoter Oscar De La Hoya – deem they are ready.
The fight is set to take place in September 2017, all being well, and would see the two biggest earners in boxing collide in one of the most anticipated fights since Floyd Mayweather fought Manny Pacquiao in 2015.
Canelo v Golovkin was pencilled in by the World Boxing Council to take place this year, although De La Hoya made sure his charge was afforded all the time needed to be in optimum shape for the big-punching Kazakh.
Once they finally lock horns, Canelo should be filled out to the division requirements and could possibly have a belt of his own at the weight should a touted battle with Billy Joe Saunders make it over the line in the first six months of next year.
In the meantime, Golovkin is forced to wait it out and take on the next best in Danny Jacobs, who himself is not making a deal as straightforward as he could due to the terms on offer.
All in all, Canelo being such a price may well be snapped up quickly by the British punters and lead to much closer odds between them when the pair finally meet in the ring on pay-per-view.