Fight night flutters: Sky Bet analyse the odds on Amir Khan v Devon Alexander
By Jamie Casey | Twitter: @SkyJamieCasey
Last Updated: 13/12/14 3:33pm
Amir Khan heads into his biggest fight in two years this weekend as the odds-on favourite to beat American Devon Alexander at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
On paper, there’s very little to separate the welterweight pair, but the odds favour Khan, who is 4/11 to win compared to Alexander’s price of 2/1, with a draw on offer at 25/1 with Sky Bet.
Lose this bout, and Khan can pretty much forget about a shot at pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather next year, although he insists he’s fully focused on what’s in front of him.
Fight Night Odds
- Charlo (1/50) v Bottai (12/1)
- Mares (1/33) v Ramirez (9/1)
- Thurman (1/12) v Bundu (6/1)
- Khan (4/11) v Alexander (2/1)
- Each bout is 25/1 for a draw
- Bet here with Sky Bet
In Alexander, Khan faces an accomplished, two-weight former world champion who has only lost to elite opposition in Tim Bradley and Shawn Porter, and he is priced 11/2 to knock out the boy from Bolton.
Khan and Alexander are very similar in terms of age, reach, height, style and their respective records, so this fight should come down to who deals better with their opponent’s contrasting stance.
Khan is of the orthodox type, while Alexander tends to fight as a tricky southpaw, so footwork will be key to success for either fighter.
Should the favourite win the battle of the stances, then his hand-speed will be enough to out-point Alexander, which is deemed the most likely outcome at 4/5.
For those who can’t pick a winner but expect the fight to go the distance, Sky Bet offer 4/9 on either fighter to win on the scorecards.
Alexander’s chin is somewhat underrated, so it’s unlikely that we’ll see a knock-out win for the Brit (100/30), with the American a better shout at 11/2, contrary to the odds.
With so little between the two fighters, it’s hard to ignore that big-looking price on Alexander to win – take up the 2/1 value on the American.
Meanwhile, Sky Bet are already taking bets on Khan’s potential opponents in 2015, with the 27-year-old rated 4-6 to win an all-British mega-fight with Kell Brook and 7-2 to be the first man to beat Mayweather.
Before that, Sky Sports viewers will get a closer look at exciting prospect Keith Thurman, as he touches gloves with 6/1 underdog Leonard Bundu. Thurman is the big favourite at 1/12, with a knock-out win very much expected (4/9).