Keith Thurman Vs Jesus Soto Karass – 14th December 2013

Fight preview and betting recommendation 

Location -San Antonio, Texas, USA

Interim WBA World Welterweight title

This fight interests me, the odds for this fight range 1/10-2/11 Thurman and 4/1-10/1 for Soto Karass i don’t think that i have seen such a swing in the odds all year.

Thurman seems like a real devastating prospect, he has speed, power and skillful movement, to date he has stopped 19 out of his 21 opponents and many believe he is the real deal.

Karass was regarded as a journeyman/fringe contender type until recent upsets against wins against Selcuk Aydin and Andre Berto has helped him shake that reputation a little and he really is a dangerous opponent for anyone.

I think Karass will struggle with Thurman’s speed and power here, and i do favour Thurman in this fight, probably by stoppage.

However i dont see Thurman as a 1/10 shot nor do i see Karass as a 10/1 shot, that would imply Karass is a dead shot, however i see him as a live opponent.

One reason being is Thurman hasn’t really been in with strong opposition yet, and he does tend to leave his hands quite low.

I believe Karass is more clever offensively than people give him credit for and he has underrated power, i can certainly see Thurman being rocked if he does not give Karass the respect required.

So in that sense i would not rule out Karass winning suddenly with a shock upset and 10/1 is such a ridiculous price in my opinion it has to be taken.

All other mainstream bookmakers have best price on Karass at 4’s or 11/2 but Pinnacle have him at 10/1 and this is the reason i would encourage all boxing bettors to sign up to Pinnacle as they nearly always have best price and i use them week in and week out to maximise value in my picks.

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ATR’s Bet – £20 on Soto Karass any method 10/1 Pinnacle >> (sign up for best prices!)