- Johnny Wilds, ESPN Insider
On Saturday night at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Bryan Vera will wage a rematch of their controversial fight last Sept. 28 -- a fight that saw Chavez Jr. escape with a win by questionable scores of 96-94, 97-93 and 98-92.
Chavez Jr. (47-1-1, 32 KO's) will seek redemption of sorts when he faces Vera (23-7, 14 KO's), as most observers thought Chavez Jr. was given a very generous decision and Vera was robbed of the biggest win of his career. This fight is the first of some very intriguing bouts coming up, including Canelo-Angulo, Bradley-Pacquiao II and Mayweather-Maidana.
Let's take a look at where the money is going, as well as my pick for the fight and my take on a couple of proposition wagers.
Where is the money going?
From a betting perspective, this fight really isn't garnering a ton of attention in Las Vegas or offshore. The line opened at The Las Vegas Hotel at minus-500 on Chavez Jr. and plus-325 on Vera. I talked to bookmaker Jeff Sherman of the LVH and he told me they moved the fight to minus-600 for Chavez Jr. and plus-400 for Vera on Thursday. The overall action has been very limited and the move was in conjunction with where the rest of the market has the fight.
Johnny Wilds gives a gambling preview of the Julio Chavez Jr.-Bryan Vera II fight.