Of all the world title bouts to end 2016 there is one that stands out as being a truly brilliant 50-50 bout. That's the WBO Light Flyweight title bout between Kosei Tanaka (7-0, 4) [田中恒成] and Moises Fuentes (24-2-1, 13) which takes place tomorrow in Gifu, and is being streamed world wide courtesy of CBC and Hatanaka promotions who listened to fans have given the fight away to a potentially huge audience.
The bout isn't just a 50-50 with fans but also the bookies who have genuinely struggled to split the two fighters, unsude whether Tanaka's more rounded skills, speed and home advantage will over the size and experience of Fuentes, who is more proven than the Japanese youngster.
Despite struggling to split the two men the bookies have made Tanaka the slight favourite, pricing him at around 4/5, with some bookies pricing him a little lower likely factoring the home advantage to be more meaningful. On the other hand the bookies have Fuentes at anything frome Evens to 13/10, showing just how little they have been able to splut the fighters. Even the draw, at 25/1, is lower than we typically see for a world title fight and the other Japanese title fights over the new year period have been around 33/1.
Whilst we suspect many fight fans, and gamblers, would have been interested in seeing how the "Method of Victory" market would have been priced it is sadly not an option here with the only secondary market being the "over/under" which has been set at 7.5 rounds. For those expecting a shorter bout the odds of 3/1 are going to be tempting, though the bookies have the over at 2/9 suggesting they are expecting this to go in the later rounds, if not the distance.
Whatever your prediction it's clear that this bout has got fans interested and hoipefully the stream tomorrow will be a huge success for CBC, perhaps leading the way for other Japanese channels to do something similar in the future.
Tanaka and Fuentes battle for Light Flyweight gold!
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