Current cruiserweight world title holder Alexansandr Usyk has been made the clear bookies favourite to take the Muhammad Ali Trophy and all four of the championships on offer in the newly-formed World Boxing Super Series.
With a host of gold at stake, Usyk was quick to enter the eight-man competition arranged by Sauerland and Ringstar Sports at weights of 200 and 168 pounds, in what is seen to be a tournament the Ukrainian can be dominant in.
The draw takes place this Saturday night in Monte Carlo, but after discussing with bettingtips4you.com experts, we believe that there is good value in backing Usyk to defeat take the crown at best odds of even money.
Mairis Breidis, who holds the WBC belt, is joint second favourite alongside fellow-champion Murat Gassiev at between 4/1 and 5/1, whilst the odds begin to get longer for competitors thereafter.
Dangerous Cuban Yunier Dorticos comes in at a best priced 9/1, whilst solid Russian Dmitry Kudryashov is 12/1 and former heavyweight-turned ripped cruiser Mike Perez is at 14/1. Surprisingly, ex-long reigning world title holders and the most experienced of the octet, Marco Huck and Krzysztof Wlodarczyk are at 20/1 and 25/1 respectively.
The eventual winner will walk away a four-belt champion and rightly recognised as the best 200 pound fighter on the planet.
At super-middleweight, separating the fighters involved becomes a considerably more difficult task.
Late entry and WBC number one contender Callum Smith is considered the favorite with some oddsmakers, although compatriot George Groves, fresh from his world title win, is favoured with others. Both are hovering around the 2/1 mark to take the coveted crown.
Providing he comes through Arthur Abraham on July 15, Chris Eubank Jr. is not far behind on 5/2 – 3/1, whilst the other five boxers are only considered to have an outside chance of upsetting the British trio.
Ex-world light-heavyweight champion Juergen Braehmer, who have moved down in weigh especially to take part, is a 10/1 shot, whilst another UK contender in Jamie Cox is around 14 or 16/1. Cox was due to face Rocky Fielding for the British title but instead took the more lucrative option.
Turkey’s Avni Yildrim is 25/1, whilst Robert Brant of the USA and Erik Skoglund of Sweden are both 33/1.
Whoever takes home the Ali trophy will be a unified ruler at 168 pounds and move on to potential further unification in early 2019.