Two of the world’s best boxers will meet this Saturday in a non-title bout at New York City’s Madison Square Garden as Joe Calzaghe takes on Roy Jones Jr at light-heavyweight level.
Rumours abound that this could be the final chapter in 36-year-old Calzaghe’s career after he relinquished his World Boxing Organisation (WBO) super-middleweight belt in November and admitted that ‘boiling down to twelve stone is just too hard’.
Although the favourite and undefeated at 45-0, London-born Calzaghe stated that he will not be underestimating 38-year-old Jones, who is the only boxer since Bob Fitzsimmons in 1897 to have held world titles from middleweight to heavyweight.
Online bookmakers Totesport.com and Extrabet.com have the Welshman at odds of 2/7 to prevail in the twelve round battle while VictorChandler.com and Canbet.com are offering the slightly longer 3/10. BlueSq.com, PaddyPower.com, BetFred.com, Boylesports.com, Sportingbet.com, Coral.co.uk and WillHill.com are offering Calzaghe at 1/3 while Bet365.com and Ladbrokes.com go with 4/11 and drifting. At the extreme end of the spectrum is Betfair.com, who are offering punters odds of 4/9.
Florida-born Jones earned himself a silver medal at the Seoul Olympics in 1988 and went on to have a glittering career. He is listed at odds of 9/4 to win with WillHill.com, Coral.co.uk, 888Sport.com, and several other bookies, with his price shortening. ToteSport.com, SkyNet.com and Extrabet.com are giving the best price of 5/2.
A draw seems highly unlikely with the shortest odds the 16/1 on offer from WillHill.com. Most other bookies including BlueSq.com, BetFred.com, ToteSport.com, Boylesports.com, 888Sport.com and Coral.co.uk have a tie at 20/1 while Sportingbet.com and VictorChandler.com are offering 22/1.