Monte Carlo – According to the latest odds on Bet365.com, WBA and IBO middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin is a whopping -5000 pick to retain his title against Nobuhiro Ishida (+1200) in Monte Carlo on Saturday night.
In the Million Dollar Super Four event, light heavyweight Denis Grachev is a narrow -110 favorite to hand Zsolt Erdei (-125) his first career loss, while super middleweight Edwin Rodriguez is a solid -450 to defeat Ezequiel Maderna (+300).
Early on Friday evening the fighters weighed in with Golovkin, in particular, appearing in tremendous physical shape.
He looked all business as weighed in and was bang on the middleweight mark. “He looks a class apart from everyone,” said Hall of Famer Brian Mitchell, here as a television analyst. “Everything I’ve seen and heard suggests he is very special. I’m expecting him to be explosive.”
Apart from the US, where the tournament will be available via pay-per-view, it will be broadcast to a myriad countries, including Croatia, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Albania, Montenegro, Greece, Kosovo, Macedonia, Turkey, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Russia, Qatar, Argentina, Brazil, France, Belgium, Luxemburg, Portugal, Israel, Brazil, France, Switzerland, Japan, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Monaco, South Africa, plus 50 countries in sub-Saharan Africa.