In a major sports betting event coming up on Saturday, November 14th, Top Rank Boxing will present the “Leave No Doubt” event live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. The main event boxing card showcases the undefeated Terence Crawford as he looks to defend his WBO welterweight title against Kell Brook.
Odds For This Event
BetUS sportsbook has the moneyline* currently set at:
- Brook: +850
- Crawford: -2000
*odds are subject to changes
Brook (39-2) will be entering this event as a large underdog. This will also be the first time that Brook is cast as an underdog since his 2017 showdown against Errol Spence. In that bout, he opened as a favorite but later closed off around +125.
Crawford (36-0) has no doubt been a boxing betting favorite for a long time now. As the bets continue to come in, you can expect this number to increase. For example, in his previous fight against Kavaliauskas, Crawford had a range of -800 but closed around as high as -5000.
Kell Brook will be making his first return to the welterweight division since taking on Errol Spence Jr. back in May of 2017. He has fought his last three bouts competing in the super welterweight division, where he found success, going 3-0. Also, those wins were three straight knockouts.
Brook is very focused on trying to capture his second welterweight championship. For Crawford, he has not fought in the ring since beating Egidijus Kavaliauskas back in December of 2019. That 11-month layoff is by far the longest of his career, and some have wondered how he will perform in the earlier rounds against a larger fighter. However, Crawford has been able to win seven straight fights via TKO/KO, so he must be doing something right.
The last time he had a fight going the distance was the bout against Viktor Postol in July 2016. The next time something close happened like that was in August 2018, where Crawford moved up to welterweight and defeated Jeff Horn for the WBO welterweight title via 9th round TKO.
This weekend’s bout will become the fourth title defense for Crawford. He realizes the potential of his opponent, so you can expect the best form from him.
Brook is the bigger fighter out of the two, as he is more of a super welterweight or even like a middleweight. Crawford eventually came up from lightweight to welterweight, whereas Brook had to come down.
Even after the weigh-ins, Brook could potentially put some weight back on even though it is water weight. Crawford will still have the reach advantage (74 to 69 inches), but it appears that Brook will have the size and power advantages working in his favor.
However, Crawford is still the better boxer. He might not have the same power advantages that he has had in his last few fights, but he has other groundwork methods such as having the edge in technical skills, footwork, and even athleticism.
Crawford is a heavy online betting favorite for a reason, and he can still end this fight before the last round. But the question is, when he will end it?
Crawford will most likely use great movement and hand speed to slowly pick apart Brook and even avoid fighting in a “small box.” Brook will try to get him against the ropes, so Crawford will need to watch out here.
Look for Crawford to stick and move, then move around the ring and fight from a comfortable distance. This will help him set up some power shots to finish it out.
Pick: Crawford wins via TKO at -2000, in Round 7 (+900).