- Lazaro Alvarez has +125 odds to win the gold medal in the featherweight division.
- Alvarez won the bronze in both the 2012 and 2016 Olympics in different weight classes.
- Kurt Walker (+550) has emerged as a serious threat for the top spot.
TOKYO – With Lazaro Alvarez making his third appearance in the Olympics, he tries a different weight class for the third time. With two bronze medals to his name, he hopes this is the year he can come out on top.
Alvarez’ Olympic Experience
In 2012, Lazaro Alvarez won the bronze medal in the bantamweight division. In 2016 he won the bronze medal in the lightweight division and now in 2020, online gambling sites list him as the favorite to finally get over the hump and stand atop the podium in the featherweight division.
Men’s Featherweight Gold Medal Odds
- Lazaro Alvarez +125
- Albert Batyrgaziev +240
- Kurt Walker +550
Unfortunately for Alvarez, his history of falling just short of the top spot doesn’t end at the Olympics.
In 2019 in the World Championships for the featherweight division, he lost in the finals and was forced to settle for silver. Despite online sportsbooks giving him the shortest odds, his trend of failing at the top level makes him a worrisome bet.
Who Could Take Alvarez Down?
Kurt Walker (+550) is the man who could come out on top in the tournament. He is coming off of a big upset win over the world champion and has all the makings as someone who could complete the run.
He’s fought at the bantamweight division for most of his career but stepped up to featherweight for the Olympics. He won the gold medal in the 2018 EU Championships and in the 2019 European Games, but did so at bantamweight.
Prior to his big upset, he was thought as a possible dark horse, but may have since solidified himself as a true threat.
Considering the +550 odds attached with Walker’s name, he could not only be the best bet to win, but the most rewarding as well.