Eleider Alvarez vs Joe Smith Jr. Odds & Preview – Alvarez Listed as Strong Favorite

The Bubble at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada will welcome several big-ticket fights on Saturday, August 22 at 10:00 pm ET. The one we are interested in, though, is the upcoming bout between Eleider Alvarez and Joe Smith Jr, which will be broadcast on ESPN+.

The fight will see former title holder Alvarez walk out against Smith Jr., who had tried his hand at the light heavyweight title once in the past. And now, the boxing bout between the pair will have the crowds in Las Vegas excited.

We take a look at the odds of both pugilist winning on Saturday, and how Alvarez is recovering after his sole loss to Sergey Kovalev.

Alvarez vs Smith Jr Odds to Win

FighterOdds to Win
Eleider Alvarez-225
Joe Smith Jr.+185
*Follow boxing odds in real-time.

Will Alvarez Allow Himself to Be Stopped a Second Time?

Alvarez is one of the most impressive fighters and there is a very good reason for this being the case. He held the WBO light-heavyweight title between 2018 and 2017 and won a medal from the 2007 Pan American Games.

That’s enough about the man’s titles, though. Instead, let’s focus on his stats. Alvarez has won 25 fights, over half of those by KO. His lone loss to Kovalev puts him 1-1 with what could be his nemesis.

As a pugilist, Alvarez is one of the best light-heavyweight contenders. He’s ranked top four worldwide in his category, in fact, and that says something. He started competing back in 2006 as an amateur and he has been doing outstandingly well so far.

Sportsbooks have seemed to pick on this as well, favoring (-225) over his opponent. Is Jr. walking into an inevitable loss?

Can Joe Smith Jr. Put a Fight?

Now, with Joe Smith Jr. so evidently at a disadvantage, we aren’t too sure if the (+185) properly reflects his odds of success. In fact, with just three losses in his career, Smith Jr. has every shot at taking on his opponent and bringing a win home.

Sure, he pried away an important and spectacular victory against Bernard Hopkins that won him the admiration of fans, but his fighting has been patchy of late, pulling in 2-2 bouts, not the most convincing showing perhaps of late, but definitely a strong contender all the same.

Alvarez vs Smith Jr. Tale of the Tape

Alvarez Smith Jr.
25-1Record25-3
13Knockouts20
6’0Height6’0
76″Reach
OrthodoxStanceOrthodox

Both fighters have a lot of athleticism, a good form and definitely the track record. Clearly, Alvarez has been snowballing of late, and you can naturally conclude that he is the favorite. Maybe he is, but Smith Jr. makes a far better value betting opportunity and if pressed, we would definitely go with him.