HBO Doubleheader Helps Boxing Betting Fans

Boxing betting fans will be able to root for their money when HBO offers a pair of attractive 12-round bouts on successive Saturdays, May 8 and May 15.

Paul "The Punisher" Williams and Kermit "The Killer" Cintron will open the parlay possibilities when they hook up in a super welterweight contest dubbed the "Weight Is Over" in Carson, California, May 8. Williams (38-1, 27 KOs), opened as a -500 favorite (bet $500 to win $100) versus Cintron (32-2-1, 28 KOs), the +350 underdog (bet $100 to win $350).

Williams, who avenged the only blemish on his record with a first round knockout of Carlos Quintana in a rematch two years ago, is coming off a majority decision win over Sergio Martinez in December. The 6-2 Williams has proven a difficult opponent for 154-pound fighters but Cintron, who stopped undefeated prospect Alfredo Angulo and Juliano Ramos in his last two outings, will accept the challenge. Cintron's only two losses, both by knockout, were to Antonio Margarito, who Williams beat via unanimous decision in 2007.

Both Williams and Cintron have knockout power and oddsmakers at sportsbooks doubt that the fight is likely to go the full 12-round distance. In fact, gamblers must lay -250 that the judges play no part in determining the winner or take +175 that the bout does go to the score cards.

Bettors also can bet on how the fight will end. They lay -110 that Williams wins by knockout, TKO or disqualification; take +150 that Williams earns a decision; get +600 on a stoppage by Cintron; take +1000 that Cintron scores by KO, TKO or DQ; or take +2800 that the fight ends in a 12-round draw.

Boxing betting enthusiasts looking for a big payday can bet on which fighter wins in which round, an implausible bet that offers odds ranging from 20/1 to 50/1, or take a shot at a far less rewarding but far more realistic round betting proposition. In the latter, Williams via stoppage in rounds 1-6 is +300 while Williams by KO or TKO in the latter half of the fight (rounds 7-12) is worth +250. A Cintron knockout of Williams in either rounds 1-6 or rounds 7-12 is +1200.

The scene shifts from the west coast to New York's Madison Square Garden a week later when HBO broadcasts a title fight between WBA super lightweight champion Amir "King" Khan and challenger Paulie "Magic Man" Malignaggi, May 15.

Khan (22-1, 16 KOs), who will be taking his first career fight outside Great Britain, opened as a solid -600 favorite versus Malignaggi (27-3, 5 KOs), the +400 underdog, who is from Brooklyn and should have the support of the Big Apple audience.

Kahn, who won the 140-pound belt in July of last year, is fresh off a 76-second destruction of previously unbeaten Dmitriy Salita in his first title defense last December. Malignaggi, who has plenty of speed but very little punching power, also last fought in December, avenging an earlier loss to Juan Diaz.

Sportsbooks have as many as four totals for the fight, ranging from 7 1/2 rounds to 11 1/2 rounds. The "over" is the favorite in every category, from -300 at 7 1/2 rounds to -160 at 11 1/2 rounds. The price on the "under" moves from +225 for 7 1/2 rounds to +120 for 11 1/2 rounds.

As for method of victory, gamblers get even money that Khan wins by decision and +150 that he claims victory via knockout. Malignaggi by decision is worth +550 and an unlikely KO by the "Magic Man" gets the bettor +1000. You can get a price of 30/1 (+3000) that the boxers fight to a 12-round draw.

Bettors may find a "When Will It End?" prop interesting. In this one, the price is -160 that either boxer wins on points or +120 that the fight is concluded by knockout, TK0 or DQ. Sportsbooks also have divided the fight into a quartet of three-round packages with bettors getting +500 on the end coming in their choice of rounds 1-3, 4-6, 7-9 or 10-12.

There's also a "Canvas" proposition in which you lay -125 that either Khan or Malignaggi are knocked down; +2000 that both hit the canvas; and -110 that neither are on their back. More specifically, take +125 that Malignaggi is knocked off his feet, or +800 that Khan hits the deck. The prop also has odds on a first round knockdown with either boxer hitting the canvas during the opening three minutes at +650; Malignaggi off his feet at +800; and Khan knocked down in the opening stanza at +4000.

That should be more than enough options to keep boxing betting fans busy for a couple of weekends.