Kelly Pavlik, the undefeated (34-0) WBC middle-weight champion and pride of Youngstown, Ohio is moving up in weight class to light-heavyweight division to fight 43 year old former middle-weight champ Bernard Hopkins (48-5-1) in a non-title fight at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J., Saturday night.The 26 year old Pavlik is listed as a -450 money line favorite by oddsmakers at online sportsbook Bodog (Bodoglife.com). Hopkins backers are getting +350 money line odds. The total for this bout is set at 11 ½ rounds. The OVER price is -210 while the UNDER is getting +170 odds.
[pictured: WBC middle-weight champ Kelly Pavlic looks to increase his undefeated record when he steps up in weight class to battle Bernard Hopkins Saturday night. Pavlic is the bout favorite according to sportsbook Bodoglife.com.]
Highlighting the under-card at Boardwalk Hall is a WBO championship 12 round bout between favorite (-800) Steven Luevano (35-1, 15 KOs) of LaPuente Calif., and Australian Billy Dib (+500) (21-0, 11 KOs). Dib is getting +500 money line odds as the underdog. The OVER/UNDER number for this bout is 9 1/2.
The second under-card event at Boardwalk Hall is a middle-weight bout between Marco Antonio Rubio (42-4-1, 37 KOs) of Georgetown, Texas and Enrique Ornelas (28-4, 18 KOs) of La Habra, Calif . Bodog lists Rubio as the favorite at -285 while Ornelas backers are getting +225.