One of the most interesting bouts this coming Tuesday is the WBC Light Flyweight title bout between popular Japanese warrior Akira Yaegashi (20-4, 10) and talented Mexican boxer Pedro Guevara (23-1-1, 15). The bout is one we're expecting could be a thriller with Yaegashi giving away notable reach and height to his Mexican foe whilst having a massive edge in "quality of experience". The fight is a potential FOTY candidate and hard one to call given the significant differences in the men and their advantages and disadvantages.
Whilst we have the fight as a near 50-50 contest the bookies, in this case Paddy Power, aren't quite as undecided as us, though they haven't got the bout priced as a mismatch. Instead they have Yaegashi, a former 2-weight world champion, as a 4/9 favourite, a clear favourite but not a man that they are that confident in considering the home advantage and the experience edges that Yaegashi has. Guevara on the other hand has been priced at 7/4 suggesting the bookies have real belief that he can bring home the title.
For those who are struggling to call the bout the draw is available at 22/1. Not a bad call considering the match up and the qualities of the two men involved.
(Image courtesy of Hideyuki Ohashi's blog)
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