- Artur Beterbiev has opened as the -1100 betting favorite against Marcus Browne who hit the betting boards at +620..
- Beterbiev will defend his WBC and IBF light heavyweight titles against the WBC no. 1 contender in Browne.
- The 37-year old Russian is the only current boxing world champion with a perfect knockout record (16-0 with 16 KOs) .
Artur Beterbiev has a 91.7% implied probability of winning his homecoming bout.
According to the best boxing betting sites, The unified WBC and IBF light heavyweight champion is a -1100 odds on favorite and Browne the +620 underdog when they collide on Friday, December 17th at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada.
Artur Beterbiev (-1100)
Marcus Browne (+620)https://t.co/I4Rbf3yStl
— ProBoxingOdds (@ProBoxingOdds) November 23, 2021
The bout mark’s Beterbiev’s first ring appearance in his adopted hometown as a world champion. Beterbiev moved from Russia to Canada 10 years ago to start his professional boxing career after starring in the amateurs.
King Artur is Back
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— Top Rank Boxing (@trboxing) October 12, 2021
With a record of 16-0 with 16 knockouts, Beterbiev is boxing’s only world champion who currently has a 100% knockout rate. The 36-year old from Dagestan, Russia won the vacant IBF light heavyweight title in 2017 and annexed the WBC and lineal titles by stopping Oleksandr Gvozdyk in 2019. In his most recent fight last March 20th, Beterbiev knocked out Germany’s Adan Dienes inside 10 rounds.
By opening at -1100 odds against Browne, Beterbiev has hit the betting odds boards at -1000 or shorter in five out of his last seven bouts. He has never seen the plus money sign next to his name and his longest closing odds ever was at -120 when he wrested the WBC and lineal belts from Gvozdyk two years ago.
Browne meanwhile is the former interim WBA light heavyweight champion. The 31-year old former 2012 Olympian representing the United States has a professional record of 24-1 with 16 knockouts. Browne has notable wins over Thomas Williams Jr., Sean Monaghan, and Badou Jack.
His only loss came at the hands of Jean Pascal who took his belt and upset him as a huge +900 betting underdog. The only other time where Browne was an underdog was when he closed at +150 against Badou Jack.
One of the Options for Canelo’s Next Fight
— Boxing News 24 (@boxingnews24) November 15, 2021
Beterbiev’s name was recently mentioned by Canelo manager and trainer Eddy Reynoso as one of Alvarez’s possible opponents along with Jermall Charlo, Dmitry Bivol, and David Benavidez. In fact, Beterbiev was one of the betting favorites to be Canelo’s next opponent at +650 via online sportsbook BetOnline.
But instead of fighting at light heavyweight (175 pounds), which is the next higher weight class after super middleweight (168 pounds), Alvarez decided to move up two weight classes higher to cruiserweight (200 pounds) and challenge the WBC champion at that weight class, Ilunga Makabu.
The reason behind Canelo’s move is supposedly to chase a world title in a 5th weight class which would earn him history as the first Mexican fighter to do so. However, it is also seen as a tactical move on the part of Alvarez because while Makabu is a much bigger fighter, he is perceived to be weaker than the names that Reynoso earlier revealed. Makabu has opened as a big +300 underdog to retain his title.
With Canelo out of his immediate future, Beterbiev can opt to improve his stock while waiting for the next Canelo opportunity. He has been long linked to a title unification with WBA 175-pound champion Bivol and that would be a big fight that could potentially lead to winning the next Canelo lottery. But first things first. Beterbiev must take care of business against Browne next month.