Later today Uzbek puncher Shohjahon Ergashev (17-0, 15) [Шохжахон Эргашев] will clash with Adrian Estrella (29-4, 24) in a bout that promises fireworks.
The bout, as the Winnevegas Casino in Sloan, Iowa, is a bout the UK bookies are taking bets on. But the odds aren't particularly enticing.
The unbeaten Uzbek is best priced as a 1/28 favourite for the bout with 29/2 available on Estrella. As for the draw, the odds on that happening are best priced at 33/1.
Not only is Ergashev expected to win, but he's expected to win early with a stoppage for the Uzbek currently best priced at 1/9, with most UK bookies now having it at 1/10. A decision for the Uzbek is available at 9/1. As the Estrella a stoppage by the Mexican is best priced at 18/1 whilst he is 33/a to win a decision.
In such a perceived mismatch it's needless to say the book makers don't expect this to go long, and the bout is best priced at 10/11 to go under 4.5 rounds and 13/15 to go on longer than that.
Having just mentioned that the bout isn't expected to go beyond 4.5 rounds it's unsurprisingly to read that the bout is 1/12 to not go the distance and a huge 8/1 to some how reach the final bell.
(All odds accurate at time of writing)
This evening in Atlantic City once beaten Kazakh fighter Bakhtiyar Eyubov (14-1-1-1, 12) [Бахтияр Эюбов] faces unbeaten American prospect Jaron Ennis (24-0, 22) in a 10 round Welterweight clash.
Interestingly UK book makers have got the bout available to bet on, and it's viewed as a total mismatch, with Ennis best priced at 1/14 to win and Eyubov a 14/1 under-dog. The draw is available at 40/1.
The bookies haven't just priced up the "To Win" market here but several other markets, including the "Method of victory" market, which makes the bout look even more one-sided than the straight "To Win" odds.
Ennis is almost unbackable to score the stoppage, with the best price being 2/9, whilst an Ennis decision is 9/2. Eyubov to win by stoppage is a huge 25/1 and a decision for the Kazakh is a massive 33/1,
A stoppage either way is expected to come in the middle of the bout, with odds of 4/5 available for the bout to last less than 5.5 rounds and Evens for it to go longer. Not surprisingly then the odds on the bout not going the distance are tiny, with the best price being 2/9 whilst you can get 4/1 on the bout some how going the scheduled 10 rounds.
For fans wanting to watch this it will be aired on Showtime in the US and Boxnation in the UK.
Tomorrow night in Brooklyn we'll see a new IBF "interim" Super Bantamweight champion being crowned, as former IBF Super Bantamweight champion Ryosuke Iwasa (26-3, 16) [岩佐 亮佑] faces off with former WBO Bantamweight champion Marlon Tapales (33-2, 16). The bout is one of the most even of Saturday's many interesting bouts from around the globe and the UK bookies have priced up the bout.
The bookies have got Tapales as the clear favourite, at 2/5, though Iwasa is regarded as a very under-dog at 11/5, with the draw at 25/1. We suspect that whilst both men are pretty even, Iwasa's issue with southpaws has been the difference maker with the bookies and the Japanese fighter has regularly struggled against fellow lefties, including TJ Doheny and Shinsuke Yamanaka.
The method of victory market here is really, really interesting. A Tapales decision win is 17/10 whilst a stoppage for the Filipino is best priced at 18/10, making them almost indistinguishable with the bookies. A stoppage for Iwasa, who has always been a solid puncher, is 91/20 whilst a decision win for the Japanese fighter is a very attractive 5/1.
With both fighters being genuinely world class the bookies aren't expecting a blow out by either man, and the odds are 3/4 on the bout going more than 10.5 rounds and 13/10 to end before then. The bout is also 10/11 to go the full scheduled and 21/20 to end inside the distance
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Tomorrow IBF Super Flyweight champion Jerwin Ancajas (31-1-2, 21) will be making the next defense of his title as he takes on Chilean challenger Miguel Gonzalez (31-2, 8) in Mexico.
The bout was put together rather late, with Ancajas having a bout falling through in November, but on paper it looks good. In reality few see it as being evenly slightly competitive, with the champion being priced as a 1/20 favourite with UK bookmakers. The challenger on the other hand is available at a massive 14/1, whilst the draw is out there as high at 37/1.
Of course with this being viewed as such a big mismatch the more interesting market is the "Method of victory" one, with an Ancajas stoppage seen as the most likely outcome, priced at 2/5. A decision for the Filipino is 11/4. So really it comes down to how tough you feel Gonzalez is, as to which of those ways you swing if you're a Ancajas backer. On the other hand a Gonzalez win inside the distance is 20/1 whilst a decision for the Chilean challenger can be backed as high as 25/1.
For those looking at a stoppage win for the champion it's worth noting the bout is 10/11 to last less than 7.5 rounds and 11/10 to go beyond that point. That was around the same sort of time it took the hard hitting Andrew Moloney to stop Gonzalez.
The bout is priced at 4/11 to not go the distance and 5/2 to hear the end of 12 rounds.
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Tomorrow in Canada unbeaten Kazakh fighter Sadriddin Akhmedov (10-0, 9) [Ахмедов Садриддин] will look to close out the year with another win, as he takes on Argentinian Jose Antonio Villalobos (12-5-2, 7). The bout is expected to be another win for the fast rising Canadian based Kazakh, who is certainly one of the hottest prospects in world boxing.
Surprisingly 1 UK bookmaker has priced the bout up, and have made the the bout look like the mismatch we feel it is.
Akhmedov is priced at 1/33 to win the bout whilst Villalobos is a 10/1 under-dog., The draw, for those expecting the unexpected, is 25/1.
Sadly the only odds offered on this fight are the "To Win" odds, which is disappointing given it would have been very interesting to see what price a stoppage for Akhmedov would have been, and how quickly they'd expect him to score the knockout.
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