Sergey Kovalev vs. Jean Pascal: Time, Channel, Odds & Favorite

Sergey Kovalev after knocking down Bernard Hopkins (Getty)

Sergey Kovalev after knocking down Bernard Hopkins (Getty)

Sergey Kovalev will be defending his WBO, WBA and IBF light heavyweight world titles against Jean Pascal on Saturday, March 14 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

The fight will be broadcast as part of a triple-header on HBO’s World Championship Boxing at 9:45 PM ET/6:45 PM PT.


Odds of Winning

Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev, who enters the fight undefeated and a favorite in Vegas and online sportbooks, is coming off his biggest fight yet, having shutout Bernard Hopkins in one of the finest displays of the sweet science in recent times. Pascal himself had failed to get to past Hopkins in his two encounters against the cagey veteran.

Previous to the Hopkins fight, 31-year-old Kovalev (26-0-1, 23 KOs) had knocked out Australian Blake Caparello and Cedric Agnew of Chicago. Kovalev sports an outstanding 85% knockout rate.

Canadian Jean Pascal (29-2-1, 17 KOs) was last in the ring against Roberto Bolonti. That fight was controversially ruled a ‘no contest’ when Pascal punched out Bolonti while coming out of a clinch. Previous to that, 32 year-old Pascal had dispatched Lucian Bute, George Blades, and Aleksy Kuziemski since suffering his first career-defeat to Bernard Hopkins in 2011.

Let’s take a look at the numbers:

bet365:                 Sergey Kovalev   -600     Jean Pascal   +400

sportingbet:       Sergey Kovalev   -550     Jean Pascal   +350

BETVICTOR:        Sergey Kovalev   -700     Jean Pascal   +450

BETFAIR ex:        Sergey Kovalev   -600     Jean Pascal   +480


Method of Victory

Jean Pascal (R) punches Bernard Hopkin (Getty)

Jean Pascal (R) punches Bernard Hopkin (Getty)

Bet365 offers bets on the method of victory:

Sergey Kovalev by KO TKO or Disqualification:                      -225

Sergey Kovalev by Decision or Technical Decision:               +350

Jean Pascal by Decision or Technical Decision:                     +700

Jean Pascal by KO TKO or Disqualification:                           +1200

Draw or Technical Draw:                                                            +2500


Co-featured that evening: Vyacheslav “Czar” Glazkov (19-0-1, 12 KOs) and Steve “USS” Cunningham (28-6, 13 KOs) will fight for the #1 position in the IBF.