Boxing Odds: Big Arbitrage Available With Crawford-Indongo

Jason Lake

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 1:03 PM UTC

Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017 1:03 PM UTC

It can be frustrating when the boxing odds have one fighter carrying a ton of chalk – like Terence Crawford. But you can bet both sides in Saturday’s match with Julius Indongo.

Terence Crawford is a hell of a boxer. He’s the top light heavyweight in the world, undefeated at 31-0 with 22 knockouts – and he’s a giant favorite for Saturday’s title unification fight (10 p.m. ET, ESPN) with Julius Indongo. At press time, Crawford is available between -967 and -2200 on our boxing odds board.

That’s a whole lot of chalk to swallow. Fortunately, you don’t have to because the range of odds on this fight is so wide there’s plenty of room for arbitrage if you bet both sides. Indongo (22-0, 11 KOs) is a +1300 underdog at several books, so if you’re a smart cookie with accounts open at multiple locations, you might be able to grab some free cash – if you act now. Prices like this may not last.

2.5 Percent for Nothing

The trick is to bet the right amount on either side. That’s where our glorious SBR Arbitrage Calculator comes in. Just plug in Crawford at -967 (available at Sports Interaction) for your first bet, and Indongo at +1300 (available at 5Dimes) for your second bet, and here’s what you get:

Bet 1: $100
Bet 2: $7.88

If you bet exactly these amounts, you’ll lock in a profit of $2.46, no matter what happens – unless they fight to a draw or no contest or don’t fight at all, in which case you’ll get your money back (check the fine print first, just in case). That’s almost 2.5 percent on your return, essentially risk-free, and you don’t have to wait all year to cash out. Try getting that from your investment portfolio.

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These opportunities will pop up from time to time when you make your boxing picks. The heavier the favorite, the more variance you’ll find with the lines on the board, giving you larger percentages on your return. Crawford is an unusually gifted boxer, the lineal champ since 2016 and the No. 4-ranked pound-for-pound fighter in the world at The Ring. But Indongo’s no chump; he’s got the WBA, IBF and IBO titles, and he’s the No. 2 contender at 140 pounds. Why risk all that chalk by fading Indongo? That’s not how empires are built.

Free Boxing Pick: Crawford -967, Indongo +1300Best Line Available: Sports Interaction & 5Dimes 
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