- Lauren Price has -110 odds to win gold for the middleweight boxing division at the Olympics.
- Li Qian (+350) and Nouchka Fontijn (+350) are the next betting options on the table.
TOKYO – Lauren Price is the favorite to win the gold medal in the Women’s Olympic Middleweight Boxing Division but has lost to one of the remaining competitors in the field as the boxer heads to the Semifinals. Is an upset brewing for Price and sports betting fans everywhere?
Lauren Price As The Favorite
Lauren Price has been the favorite of this Olympic sport for quite a while. Not only have regulated sports betting sites kept Price with the shortest odds, but have been moving these odds even more throughout the duration of the Olympic Games, making her an even bigger favorite. On July 29, Price was the (+120) favorite to win the gold medal but has since moved into the minus-money territory.
Olympic Women’s Middleweight Boxing
- Lauren Price -110
- Li Qian +350
- Nouchka Fontijn +350
- Zenfira Magomedalieva +600
Price is set to face boxer Nouchka Fontijn from the Netherlands in the Semifinals round on Friday, an opponent she has fought four times in her career. They split in their first two bouts, but Price won both of their most recent fights. Due to her improvement against the fighter, gamblers betting on the Olympics should feel confident in Price moving past Fontijn and at least securing a spot in the gold medal ring.
Can Li Qian Crash The Party?
China’s Li Qian has arguably the easiest ride to the gold medal as she is set to fight the ROC’s Zenfira Magomedalieva in the Semifinals. Despite winning both her quarterfinal and Round of 16 fight by a score of 5-0, Qian’s odds have made her more of an underdog than ever before. On July 29, she was at (+260) to win the gold medal but now sits at (+350).
Qian has a real chance to beat Lauren Price. As rookies, Qian was rated higher than Price and proved to be the better boxer by beating Price back in 2014. Of course, both fighters have improved immensely since their previous fight seven years ago but having shown the ability to beat Price once, what’s to say Qian can’t do it again?
Plus, if Fontijn were to upset Price in the semifinals Qian would likely have an even bigger shot at the gold medal. These two fighters have fought six times before with Qian winning four of the six meetings including each of the last two bouts.
Price isn’t necessarily undeserving of being the favorite by sportsbooks but likely shouldn’t have this much of a gap between her and the rest of the competition that’s left.
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