This coming Friday we'll see Uzbek prospect Shakhram Giyasov (7-0, 6) [Shahram G‘iyosov] take on his biggest test to date, as he goes into the ring against Emanuel Taylor (20-5, 14). Despite the bout being a notable step up for the 2016 Olympic silver medal winner we do see Giyasov as a very clear betting favourite with the UK bookmakers, who have got odds available on the "To Win" market.
The exciting Uzbek has been best priced at 1/41 to win the bout, by any method, and continue his rise through the ranks towards a world title fight. It's clear he will have to wait for a shot at gold, but this is a clear step in the right direction, even if the bookies do view it as a mismatch.
Taylor on the other hand is available at 18/1 with one book maker, showing just how little of a chance they give him in, despite his huge advantage in professional experience. If Taylor does win it would be his first win since August 2016, when he beat Carlos Aguilera in 3 rounds.
For those interested in the draw that's available at 33/1.
Sadly there is nothing available other than the "To Win" market.
This coming Friday we'll see WBA #1 ranked Super Bantamweight Murodjon Akhmadaliev (5-0, 4) [Ахмадалиев, Муроджон Кахарович] take on former WBC Bantamweight challenger Carlos Carlson (23-5, 14), as part of a stacked card on DAZN in the US.
Interestingly, for what we see as a bit of a pointless mismatch, the UK bookies have actually priced this bout up, and have unsurprisingly made Akhmadaliev the clear betting favourite. In fact the unbeaten Uzbek is pretty much unbackable, with a price of 1/33 on him to pick up a win and continue his perfect winning run. The talented Uzbek is a star in the making, but this bout is seen as little more than a tune up ahead of a world title bout later in the year.
Carlson on the other hand is available as 12/1 to pick up the win, which would easily be the biggest win of his career. He has lost 4 of his last 5, including stoppage losses to Shinsuke Yamanaka and Genesis Servania. Another loss here completely ends his hope of getting a second world title shot.
The draw is also available out there, with odds of 25/1
At the moment these are the only odds available in the UK, though we wouldn't be surprised to see more markets become available later in the week.
Later this week we'll see Mexican based Japanese fighter Shoki Sakai (29-3-2, 13) take on unbeaten prospect Alexis Rocha (12-0, 8) as part of a Golden Boy promotions card in Indio, California. Interestingly this bout has been picked up by UK's bookies who are offering odds on the contest.
The only market that's available is the "To Win" market, and all of the bookies have Rocha as the clear favourite.
The unbeaten Rocha, who will be defending his WBC Continental Americas Welterweight title, has been priced between 2/9 and 1/8 depending on the bookies. Rocha is a very highly regarded prospect, following notable amateur success including reaching the last 8 of the 2013 World Junior Championships. On paper he is stepping up here, but does, understandably, deserve to be the favourite. Though the odds are rather short on him given that he's stepping up quite significantly.
Sakai on the other hand is available as high as 5/1, though some have got him as short as 3/1. Although the under-dog Sakai is a talented fighter, and in 2017 he upset Englishman Ashley Theophane, though has failed to win any of his last 3, losing a clear decision last time out to Eddie Gomez.
For those who are curios about the draw that's available at 22/1
This coming weekend we will be showing the WBO Flyweight title fight between Kosei Tanaka (12-0, 7) [田中恒成] and Ryoichi Taguchi (27-3-2, 12) [田口良一], giving Western fans a chance to watch a bout they may not have had access to other wise.
It appears it's not just fans with an interest in the bout with one notable UK bookmakers, Paddy Power, also currently having an interest in the bout, with odds on the contest.
The popular betting company have only listed the "To Win" market, but have made it very clear they are favouring Tanaka.
The unbeaten champion is priced at 1/3 to win the bout, and retain his title. Taguchi on the other hand is 9/4 whilst the draw is 16/1.
It's a shame there isn't more markets available, but it is great to see an all Japanese world title bout getting attention with UK bookies, not something we see very often.
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This coming weekend we see a number of fantastic match ups. One of those is the IBF Super Bantamweight title eliminator between former IBF Super Bantamweight champion Ryosuke Iwasa (25-3, 16) [岩佐 亮佑] and the often entertaining Cesar Juarez (23-6, 17), with the two men battling to get a shot at the IBF title currently held by the unbeaten TJ Doheny.
Interestingly Iwasa has been made the favourite for the bout, which will be his US debut. The Japanese fighter, who is managed by former world champion Celes Kobayashi, has been priced at 11/25 to win the bout and move a step closer to getting a chance to reclaim the title he lost to Doheny last year. Juarez on the other hand is 12/5 to come out on top, and earn a shot at IBF belt. The draw is priced at 25/1, in what is expected to be a competitive bout.
The bout has the "Method of Victory" market available, with Iwasa by decision seen as the most likely outcome, priced at 5/4 whilst an Iwasa stoppage is 3/1. A stoppage for Juarez is widely available at 5/1, a very attractive price, whilst a Juarez decision is as high as 7/1 with some book makers.
The fight is 8/11 to go the scheduled distance and 5/4 for it to end early. Give the power of the two men this could well end up being a very brutal and testing affair, and we wouldn't be surprised to see both men busted up at some point during the contest, so a stoppage based on accumulation or damage for either man wouldn't be the biggest surprise.
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