One of the main bouts from Saturday's "Superfly 3" card is the hotly anticipated show down between former 3-weight champion Kazuto Ioka (22-1, 13) [井岡一翔] and 2-time world title challenger McWillaims Arroyo (17-3, 14).
The bout is regarded as the most interesting match up on the card and is the one the bookies have really struggled with pricing up. Yesterday we reported that the Polish bookies had Ioka priced at 1.7 and Arroyo at 1.9, meaning both men were under evens, and today the UK bookies have finally released their odds.
As with the Polish the British have also struggled to split the two fighters.
Ioka has been best priced at 10/11 to win the bout, just under evens, whilst Arroyo is just over evens at 11/10. The inability for the bookies to split the men show just how well matched they are and how the advantages of the two men almost balance out. For example this will be Ioka's US debut and first bout in over a year, he however boasts the edge in each and height. Arroyo has been through some wars of his own but is more accustomed to fighting in the US, and most used to fighting at 115lbs.
The competitiveness of the contest also explains why the draw is priced at 18/1.
The over under in Poland was set at 8.5 rounds and it's the same in the UK. The over has been priced at 3/10 whilst the under is 12/5.
Sadly UK fans don't currently have a method of victory market available to them.
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On Saturday we will see Superfly 3, the highly anticipated show case of the little men, live on HBO. One of the notable fighters on that card is Japanese star see Kazuto Ioka (22-1, 13) [井岡一翔], who makes his international debut against Puerto Rican McWillaims Arroyo (17-3, 14) in what looks to be the standout bout from the third Superfly show.
Yesterday it was revealed that Ioka's team had strengthened by a major name joining him. That was Jacob "Stitch" Duran, one of the most highly regarded cutsmen in both boxing and MMA.
Duran has been put in charge of Ioka's cuts, if he suffers any, and his wraps.
The two seem to have a very high respect for each other and Ioka has spoken highly of Stitches work in preparation for his upcoming bout.
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On Saturday we'll see see former 3-weight world champion Kazuto Ioka (22-1, 13) [井岡一翔] return to the ring after over a year out, as he takes on Puerto Rican McWillaims Arroyo (17-3, 14). in the US.
Ahead of the bout the two men took part in a press conference, with both men having time to speak about the bout, which will take place on "Superfly 3" and is widely regarded as the most interest of the 3 main bouts on the card, despite not having a world title actually on the line.
At the press conference Ioka showed off a little bit of English, though didn't spend much time speaking, saying that he wanted to thank HBO and 360 Promotions for the opportunity. It was later revealed that Ioka was looking to learn more English, with it becoming likely his future boxing career will be based out of the US for the long term.
Arroyo had a lot more to say, though again thanked all the people behind the bout whilst talking highly of Ioka and suggesting their bout could be the fight of the night. He seemed confident of giving a good showing from himself and giving the fans something to remember.
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This coming weekend we will see 3-weight world champion Kazuto Ioka (22-1, 13) [井岡一翔] end his retirement and battle against Puerto Rican McWillaims Arroyo (17-3, 14).
The bout hasn't yet been priced by the UK bookmakers, but the Polish betting company STS have priced up the bout, and they have struggle to split the two men, making Ioka the slight favourite.
The Japanese fighter has been priced at 1.70 on their system whilst Arroyo is 1.90. The bookies have obviously struggled to split them but the slight edge to Ioka is notable given this will be his first bout in over a year, his first bout at Super Flyweight and his first bout outside of Japan.
The bookies also have a method of victory Market and the over/under.
The most likely outcome, according to the bookies, is an Ioka decision win, which has been priced at 2.5 whilst a win by decision for Arroyo is priced at 3. An Ioka stoppage is priced at 5 whilst the stoppage win for Arroyo is at 4. So Ioka is the more likely to get a decision and Arroyo more likely than Ioka to score a stoppage.
As for the over/under that has been set at 8.5 rounds. The over is priced at 1.30, which shouldn't be a surprise given the odds on the decisions, whilst the bout lasting less than 8.5 rounds is 2.90
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This coming weekend we will see the return to the ring of 3-weight world champion Kazuto Ioka (22-1, 13) [井岡一翔] as he takes on 2-time world title challenger McWillaims Arroyo (17-3, 14).
Yesterday the two fighters took part in their media work outs, in front of a small gathering of the press, ahead of their exciting bout on Superfly 3.
Ioka looked sharp during his warm up before going to work on the pads with legendary trainer Ismael Salas. On the pads Ioka looked sharp, with crisp punching, and didn't look like a man who had been out of the ring for well over a year. He looked in fantastic shape and like a man with genuine hunger to impress on what will be his US debut.
The fighter spoke about the long break from the ring but started there was no problem getting prepared and training for the bout. Instead he stated he was thankful for the opportunity and wanted to win, making the most of the chance he has been given.
Salas spoke highly of Ioka, and suggested that his man was going to take the victory when he gets in the ring with Arroyo.
As well as Ioka there was also a work out from Arroyo, who is coming in to this bout on the back of a defining victory over Carlos Cuadras on the last Superfly card. Aroryo spoke with excitement of facing Ioka, describing him as a great champion and as someone worth defeating. It's clear there is respect there from the Puerto Rican for the Japanese fighter, but that respect seems to be mostly in the value of a win over him. He explain that this bout was on US soil, and that it was on his battlefield, at Super Flyweight.
Arroyo's trainer was particularly confident. Despite describing Ioka as a good boxer he seemed to feel that his man had the better stamina and power, and was predicting a stoppage win for his man in the middle rounds of the fight. If he manages to do that it would not only be the first stoppage loss of Ioka's career but Arroyo's first stoppage win since April 2015, when he defeated Victor Ruiz.
The work out from Arroyo, like Ioka's, wasn't particularly intensive and didn't show too much. He looked in good sharp, and sharp but didn't really give a lot away in terms of how he will be fighting or anything else. Despite that he was confident and calm.
It's worth noting that this bout will be Ioka's first bout at Super Flyweight and only Arroyo's second as a fully fledged fighter at the weight, though he has fought above the Flyweight limit a fair bit early on in his career. His two world title fights have both been at Flyweight and despite being very strong at 112lbs he doesn't appear to be a particularly huge fighter at Super Flyweight.
The work outs also saw Ioka show off a new tattoo on his arm, which he explained was due to his determination, and it seems like that determination is part of why he is returning to the ring, after having retired very publicly at the end of 2017.
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