Eleider Alvarez will be facing the popular Lucian Bute in Quebec City, Canada, on Friday February 24. Check out the Alvarez vs Bute betting odds and our prediction for the fight.
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Betting odds at Bovada have Eleider Alvarez as the (-250) favorite and Lucian Bute as the (+195) underdog.
Most boxing fans are already familiar with Lucian Bute, while Eleider Alvarez is a highly-touted fighter that has flown under the radar for much of his career. This fight will be an opportunity for Alvarez to make a name for himself with a win over an established veteran like Bute.
Alvarez was a decorated amateur boxer from Colombia that relocated to Canada in order to turn professional and has since amassed a 21-0 record that includes wins over some decent fighters like Isaac Chilemba and Ryno Liebenberg.
Alvarez has solid technical boxing skills and handspeed, along with a degree of punching power that should be enough to trouble Bute. He also has the benefit of regular sparring with top light-heavyweights like Adonis Stevenson and Artur Beterbiev.
The main criticism of Alvarez has been that he has shown some issues with cardio and has a habit of dropping down to his level of competition and not beating lesser opponents as easily as he should. However, he does seem to step up and perform when the pressure is on, as evidenced by his TKO win over a then undefeated Ryno Liebenberg on foreign soil.
Bute, on the other hand, has been on the decline since a being knocked out by Carl Froch way back in 2012. He has only fought five times since then and has gone 2-2-1 in that span. Bute has not been able to recover his vintage form and was lucky to escape with a draw in his last fight against Badou Jack.
Prediction: Bet on Eleider Alvarez at (-250) odds