Eddie Hearn in Chicago Saturday - Usyk vs Spong Odds Review

British promoter Eddie Hearn is in Chicago with a planned 11 fight boxing card at the Wintrust Arena this Saturday night, October 12..

The match to keep an eye comes at heavyweight and features undefeated cruiserweight kingpin Oleksandr Usyk making his long awaited debut in boxing's marquee weight class. Providing the opposition is 34 year old 14-0 Tyrone Spong. Spong is a kickboxer first, going 90-7-1 according to his wiki page in that sport, and he went 2-0 in MMA for the now defunct Word Series of Fighting. He has long had a "prodigy" type of label, but it is unlikely his diversified training will leave him near the skill level of Usyk, who is "otherworldly" a la Lomachenko. This is how you get -5000 for this one.

The fact is that Hearn is a dynamic and "in your face" promoter, but the boxing cards he puts on both sides of the pond are filled with lines like this, where one fighter is highly favored. Betting underdogs on Hearn's cards can be a bit of an art, but it can be lucrative. His blatant mistake is obviously the Andy Ruiz Jr match-up wth Anthony Joshua, but just this past weekend on the Golovkin undercard, he debuted Irish "amateur sensation" Joseph Ward and the books labelled him a huge favorite. Unsung Marco Delgado was the 'dog in this one as Ward got hurt and didn't make it out of round two. TKO for Delgado and another big dog win on an Eddie Hearn card. They will be there, just saying!

WBA light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol faces Lenin Castillo in his latest title defense. The card also sees Jessica McCaskill and Anna Farias square off for a pair of women's titles at 140 pounds (super lightweight). Look for additional lines from this card later in the week.

Comments? Especially intersted to hear from any Brits who might be out there.

Line below is sampled from 5dimes. I'll post more odds from this card as they pop up throughout theweek.

Wintrust Arena - Chicago, Illinois - Saturday, October 12, 2019

Heavyweight 12 rounds -
Tyrone Spong +2000
Oleksandr Usyk -5000

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Well, 5dimes posted lines for Bivoland the women's world title fights - here they are.

Wintrust Arena - Chicago, Illinois - Saturday, October 12, 2019
Super Lightweight 10 rounds -
Erica Anabella Farias +550
Jessica McCaskill -1050

Light Heavyweight 12 rounds -
Lenin Castillo +1500
Dmitry Bivol -4500

This will be Dmitry Bivol's (16-0) fifth defense of his WBA 175 pound world title. He is 28 now and entering his prime. There are a lot of horses in this weight class and Bivol may one day face some of the other big operators at light heavyweight division. Artur Beterbiev, Oleksandr Gvozdik, Eleider Alvarez, Sergey Kovalev and several others represent bigger challenges forBivol than Lenin Castllo, a Dominican who rates as a "known quantity." We last saw him in August of last year where he took top contender Marcus Browne the distance. bivol should be several levels ahead of his opponent in this one, the books have Bivol a prohibitve favorite.

Jessica McCaskill (7-2) and Erica Anabella Farias (26-3) meet with a pair of world titles at 140 pounds on the line. The two met last year, with McCaskill earning a hard fought win. One f the belts belonged to Farias before that first encounter and McCaskill went on to beat Anahi Esster Sanchez to add the second belt to her collection. Her most recent loss came against Irish sensation Katie Taylor but since then she is colleccting world titles. Farias is back for her belt and she has an experience advantage.