The bout between Sergey Kovalev and Nadjib Mohammedi on July 18 at the Mandalay Bay Casino in Las Vegas will be a major fight for the WBA, IBF and WBO light heavyweight titles. The bout will also air on HBO. However, this is not expected to be an overly popular bout from a betting perspective.
Kovalev is the clear favorite with -10000 boxing betting odds. In other words, a $50 bet will only bring back fifty cents.
Meanwhile, Mohammedi has a +1600 line to win. That same bet of $50 on him could become $800 if he pulls off the massive upset.
Kovalev's Sheer Power
Much of what makes this such a lopsided bout in the boxing betting scene comes from Kovalev's immense power. The Krusher is known for having a powerful punch that has led to many knockouts. These all come from his Orthodox fighting stance.
Kovalev has a 27-0-1 record with 24 knockouts. His last bout came in March when he knocked out Jean Pascal. He also defeated Bernard Hopkins through a unanimous decision within the past year.
What About Mohammedi?
Nadjib Mohammedi has plenty of experience as he is only 30 years of age and has already competed in forty fights. He has a 37-3 record with 22 knockouts.
However, Mohammedi has gotten through plenty of momentum in recent time. Mohammedi knocked out Anatoliy Dudchenko and Demetrius Walker in his most recent bouts. He even knocked out Walker in the first round. This was actually on the undercard of a fight between Kovalev and Hopkins. Like Kovalev, he also fights with an Orthodox stance.
The potential for the fight between Sergey Kovalev and Nadjib Mohammedi to be a one-sdied bout is strong. However, expect this to be an interesting bout to see. Whether or not the odds will become closer than they are now is unclear but it could change how betting habits for the bout are run. This could be interesting if Mohammedi wins and some big payouts have to come out of the match.