Povetkin vs Price odds: Predictable outcome or oddly interesting?Written by Leroy Cleveland
The heavyweight showdown between top 5 contender Alexander Povetkin (33-1, 23 KO) and David Price (22-4, 18 KO), once the division's hottest prospect, is close to being finalized.
Povetkin vs Price, should it happen, will take place on March 31 on the undercard of the Anthony Joshua vs Joseph Parker heavyweight unification title affair at Principality Stadium in Cardiff Wales.
Povetkin vs Price odds
Although we don't have the odds yet, we will post them here as soon as they become available. Our best guess is Povetkin will be a whopping favorite at around -2500 while Price will sit at roughly +1200. Hence, a $2500 bet on Alex would yield $100 while a $100 wager on Price would yield $1,200. Given the fact David will be fighting in his native UK, oddsmakers might narrow the gap a bit.
Regardless of how much credence bettors will give Price for fighting in the UK, Alex will be a massive favorite and conventional wisdom suggests Povetkin vs Price won't go the distance.
Povetkin can seemingly brawl and box better, and is the more experienced, more accomplished pro. In fact, the 38-year-old Povetkin is a Russian Olympic Gold medal winner and one of the most accomplished amateur heavyweights ever.
And after winning the gold at the 2004 Summer Olympics, he finished his amateur career with a record of 125–7, with all losses avenged. Hence, in his extended amateur career and long stint as a pro, he's defeated everyone he's faced sans Wladimir Klitschko. He lost a decision tilt to Wladimir in a messy, mauling affair in 2013.
Due to his strong amateur pedigree, as well as his early pro accomplishments, Povetkin has been touted by some experts for years as a future force in the division. His resume includes a knockout victory over former two-time heavyweight champion Chris Byrd and unanimous decision victories over one-time heavyweight title challenger Eddie Chambers and former U.S. Olympians Jason Estrada and Larry Donald.
Price, on the other hand...
Price, once considered by some as the heir to the Klitschko dynasty, has struggled since 2011; He's failed to beat a Top 20 heavyweight and has been KO'd four times.
In his most recent outing in December, Price won a points verdict over a fella who was 4-11-2.
Povetkin will be Price's biggest challenge to date and the odds aren't in the latter's favor. Povetkin has clobbered fellas who knocked Price out and seems to be on another level.
But there is some intrigue...
Will the 6'2" Povetkin have trouble with the 6' 8" / 203cm Price's height and reach? Will Alex come in overconfident? And will Price feed off the motivation factor and rise to the occasion? If so, he'll need to summon all his heart, skill and focus to orchestrate the upset.
Perhaps Price is one of those fighters who performs best in high-profile affairs against big-name opponents?
Price is big, strong and skilled, but something has been missing up to this point. Maybe it takes an opponent of Povetkin’s caliber to bring out the best in him?
... And maybe Povetkin vs Price is nothing more than a late-career money-grab for the Brit?
Regardless, given this card is so high-profile, Povetkin vs Price might as well be the 'heavyweight the championship of the world' for the 34-year-old Brit. And if the hard-punching Price orchestrates the upset, his losses will be long forgotten, his stock will soar and he'll become the powerbroker (even if only temporary) many of us thought he could be years ago.
The outcome might be predictable and Price will be putting his 'back against the wall' by accepting this fight; However, you never know how a fella as big, strong and skilled as Price will react when in that situation. He'll be fighting at home and has a golden opportunity to mightily catapult his career.
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