Last year we saw Ryota Murata (14-2, 11) [村田 諒太] suffer a big upset loss to Rob Brant (25-1, 17), losing the WBA "regular" Middleweight title in the process. Tomorrow the two men rematch, and this time Murata, the betting favourite in their first bout, enters as a very clear under-dog.
Brant is currently priced as a 1/3 favourite to repeat his victory over Murata, despite being on foreign soil, whilst Murata is himself a 53/21 under-dog. Interestingly the draw is available between 22/1 and 16/1, low odds for a draw in boxing though odds likely shortened by the fact the bout is in Japan.
Notably the bout does have more than just the "To Win" market available, The "Method of victory" market is a very interesting one, with Brant priced at 10/11 to win a decision again against Murata and 7/2 to take home the stoppage. Murata is 5/1 to win by stoppage and the same price to win by decision.
Given the odds from the method of victory it should be little surprise that the bookies do have this pegged as a distance fight, with odds of 11/8 on it going 12 rounds,and 8/15 of it finishing inside the distance.
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