Canelo vs Chavez Jr odds (estimate): Who will be the favorite?

Written by Lee Cleveland at Jan 01, 2017 - 04:55PM ET in News
Odds for the pending superfight between Canelo Alvarez (48-1-1, 34 KOs) vs Julio Cesar Chavez Jr (50-2-1, 32 KOs) have not yet been released but the bout will presumably be made official next week.

So, who do you like for the May 6 superbout?

Look for the odds to favor Canelo Alvarez. Although he's the naturally smaller fighter, he's considered by most a top 10 pound-for-pound fighter and has sizzled in the ring the last several years.

In the last 41/2 years, Canelo has had 10 bouts, losing only to Floyd Mayweather Jr in 2013. And while only 5 of his nine wins were knockouts, he's faced the likes of Miguel Cotto, Shane Mosley, Erislandy Lara and Austin Trout.

Chavez Jr was red hot until he tasted defeat for the first time against Sergio Martinez in September 2012. Since then, he's had problems making weight and getting in top shape, and has subsequently underfperformed in the ring

Julio is 4-2 in his last six bouts but could arguably be 3-3 as his first win against Brian Vera was highly disputable.

Moreover, Chavez has had only 6 fights in the last 4/12 years and hasn't scored a knockout since Summer 2012 (Andy Lee).

Some question Chavez's heart and dedication while others insist he's already a shot fighter, compliments of the beating he took by Sergio Martinez.

Chavez may be bigger and stronger, but Canelo is believed to be much sharper, better skilled and more battle-tested in the ring.

Look for Canelo Alvarez to open at about a -500 and Chavez at roughly a +400 underdog.

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