The bout is on a big enough stage for bookies to price it up and unsurprisingly it's the unbeaten Kazakh who is viewed as the clear favourite, with manty bookmakers pricing him at 1/25 to win the bout and become the new IBF champion. For Kondo the odds are around 10/1, though one bookmaker has got him priced as high as 15/1 to win the bout and become a rare Japanese champion at 140lbs. The draw has been priced at 35/1 by one bookie, whilst others have it available at 33/1..
There is a bit more value in the method of victory market, with Lipinet's priced at 1/2 to stop Kondo, who has never been stopped before and has always seemed like a tough and rugged type of fighter. Lipinet's by decision is is a very attractive 2/1 with most bookies. A stoppage for the Japanese fighters is a huge 20/1 whilst Kondo by decision is a massive 35/1, with no one seemingly expecting that outcome.
The over/under for the bout's total rounds has been widely set at 8.5 rounds. The ocer is available at 10/11 whlst the under is available at evens, suggesting the bookmakers are fancying a stoppage by Lipinets in the later stages of the fight. Interestingly Lipents has only scored one stoppage win after 9.5 rounds, though has 2 stopages in bout rounds 7 and round 8.
Lipinets and Kondo set for war to claim IBF gold!