Free Boxing Picks For Sergey Kovalev vs. Jean Pascal Fight

Swinging Johnson

Friday, January 29, 2016 1:42 PM GMT

Russian sensation Sergey Kovalev will defend his WBO, IBF, WBA and WBC light heavyweight titles in a rematch with Haitian born Jean Pascal on Saturday night. Let’s take a look at the boxing odds.

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Boxing Pick: Kovalev -2000 
Best Line Offered: at Bovada

 

Jean Pascal Returns
Pascal left Haiti at the age of four with his mother and older brother and has called Canada his home ever since. Pascal now fights out of Laval, Quebec and has amassed a record of 30-3-1 with 17 of his victories coming by way of knockout. His only losses have been to world champions Carl Froch, Bernard Hopkins and of course to the man he will get reacquainted with on Saturday night, Sergey Kovalev.

Pascal brings an eclectic style to the ring, punching from odd angles while he dances away from his opponents’ attacks. His last fight was a solid unanimous decision victory over Cuban Yunieski Gonzalez in July of last year in Las Vegas. It was just what he needed for a rebound fight after his loss to Sergey Kovalev four months prior. Nevertheless, Pascal fired his trainer Marc Ramsay after getting the nod over Yunieski and hired the famed Freddie Roach for his rematch with Kovalev. The 33-year-old Pascal has also accused Kovalev of racist remarks and has amped up the intensity of the showdown at every turn. Pascal will hope to improve upon his first meeting with the champion when he was TKO’ed in the eighth round of their March matchup last year.

 

Kovalev the Krusher
Sergey Kovalev has done it all in boxing’s light heavyweight division. The only blemish on his perfect 28-0 record is a draw with the immortal Grover Young who had to be carried out on a stretcher from the Playboy Mansion, the venue for that evening’s fight card. Kovalev was destroying the overmatched Young when he hit the canvas courtesy of a blow that accidentally landed behind his right ear and rendered him unable to continue. Due to the rules of boxing the match was declared a draw with the challenger taking the only way out of a fight in which he was virtually certain of losing.

That unsettling issue aside, Kovalev has racked up 25 KO’s in 28 victories and is currently the second ranked pound-for-pound fighter on the planet trailing only flyweight Roman Gonzalez in this mythical category. Kovalev’s last title defense came in July of last year against Nadjib Mohammedi in which he dispatched the French born fighter in the third round of a scheduled 12-round title match. Kovalev has unmatched power for a light heavyweight and his body of work includes an unfortunate dalliance with the dark side of the fight game when he stopped fellow Russian Roman Simakov via TKO in a December 2011 bout. Simakov was whisked away by ambulance to the hospital where he lapsed into a coma and expired three days later.

 

Betting Analysis
The boxing odds in this matchup are not surprisingly installing Kovalev as a prohibitive favorite. Of the major offshore shops Bovada is hanging the lowest number on the champion at -2000 with most of the others hovering somewhere around -2900. It is impossible to bet anyone at this price but it makes no sense to back the challenger as he is completely outmuscled and outclassed in this one.

Perhaps we should look to the proposition wagers as part of our boxing picks because the price will be far more palatable and if Kovalev wins, which he will, it will certainly be another knockout only this time he won’t wait until the eighth round. If you are going to bet this one make sure you include Sergey Kovalev by KO.