October is filled with big names in boxing, as Wladimir Klitschko, Juan Manuel Marquez, Bernard Hopkins and Kell Brook all hit the ring.
Only Marquez, who faces Timothy Bradley is in a match that looks competitive at the sportbooks.
The Bradley – Marquez match is a near pick em as Marquez sits at (-135) with Bradley returning (+115). This is a battle of the two men who have recently beaten Manny Pacquiao, and both men probably feel like that win did not really push them over the top into the Pacquiao or Floyd Mayweather type of stardom. Regardless, Marquez is now 40 years old, and after spending the last few years chasing Pacquiao, he is going to have to start showing his age soon.
Speaking of showing his age, Bernard Hopkins (-1000) is heavily favored over Karo Murat (+650). Really, Hopkins is at the end of a Hall of Fame career, but he is approaching 50. Murat is a match that is carefully made and Hopkins has been doing that for a while now to extend his career, and I wish he just wouldn’t anymore.
Klitschko (-1050) will be facing Alexander Povetkin (+600) in what is the latest in a long list of matches where Klitschko is a prohibitive favorite. Povetkin is 26-0 and 34 years old, and he brings with him the WBA Heavyweight title, which Klitschko doesn’t really need, because he has the WBA Super Heavyweight title. Povetkin is probably not the guy to end the Ukranian’s dominance, unless father time shows up to collect on Big Wald.
Undefeated Brit Kell Brook (-1175) takes on tough Vyacheslav Senchenko (+650) in a match he hopes is a stepping stone to bigger and better things. Senchenko is a pro, whose lone loss is to Paulie Malignaggi. He is the man who sent British star Ricky Hatton back into retirement with a TKO stoppage. Brook, as is typical of most British fighters, has a strong sense of honor about being British and is likely using that as motivation, Hatton being a legend in his hometown. At the end of the day, an underdog bet here may be safe, as both men have very similar resumes. Senchenko has fought extensively in his native Ukraine, while Brook fought in the rugged UK scene coming up. The truth is, it is still an open question how Brook will adapt to the next level, and a line that big could be a opportunity if you like the dog here.