Last week we saw Ryohei Takahashi (15-4-1, 6) [高橋竜平] challenge IBF Super Bantamweight champion TJ Doheny (21-0, 15), and suffer a stoppage loss in the 11th round. Despite the loss his profile improved significantly, and he did put in a very solid effort for a bout that he took at short notice, so far away from home.
This morning Japanese sports paper Sports Hochi reported that Takahashi has decided to continue his career after that loss, following some rumours that he may walk away from the sport.
He quoted as saying "I will do my best to think that I did not give up at that time." (Translated) Making it known that he hasn't given up the sport, and it seems like the 28 year old will be looking to bounce back from the loss and get himself back into the title mix, rebuilding from the setback and moving forward.
At the moment there is not suggestion of when he will be back in the ring, but we suspect it'll be after a lengthy rest. He took a lot of punishment against Doheny and it's in his best interest to rest before getting back in the ring, though we are very glad to know that he will return, and will likely inject himself in the very exciting Japanese domestic scene at Super Bantamweight!
Later today Ryohei Takahashi (15-3-1, 6) [高橋竜平] will battle IBF Super Bantamweight champion TJ Doheny (20-0, 14), in what is a career defining fight for the little known Japanese challenger.
Originally the betting markets in the UK opened with only a "To Win" market, as we've approached fight time however there has been more markets opening up.
As with the opening odds Doheny is still the betting favourite. The Irish-Australian Opened at 1/50 though with more bookies having the bout listed the odds with some are now 1/25, whilst Takahashi is still a 14/1 under-dog, the same price as he opened at. The draw is currently available as high as 33/1.
Now, as well as the "To Win" market, we now have options such as the "Method of Victory" market to look at.
The favoured result for the bout is a TKO/KO/DQ win for the champion, with odds of 1/2 for this to be the result. A Doheny decision win has been best priced at 13/8. For those giving the under-dog a chance it should be noted that a decision win for Takahashi is available at 22/1 whilst a stoppage win for Takahashi is a massive 40/1. Sadly for Takahashi history is against him, and we need to go way back to August 1980, when Yasutsune Uehara v Samuel Serrano, to find a case of a Japanese fighter dethroning a world champion on American soil.
With Doheny being 1/2 to score a stoppage it is strange to note that you can get 8/15 on the bout not going the distance, better odds than you actually get on a stoppage for Doheny. As for the bout going the distance that's available at 7/4. There are a number of over/under on the length of the bout, but it does appear that most are expecting the bout to go into the middle rounds. The bout is 1/4/7 to go over 6.5 rounds and 8/5 to not go over 6.5. Others have the bout evens to go over 8.5 rounds and 8/11 for it no last that long.
Related- Preview: Doheny Vs Takahashi
Earlier today DAZN Japan released a press release to confirm that they would be the Japanese distributor for 2 major international bouts featuring Japanese fighters. In fact not only will DAZN Japan show the bouts but also the cards the bouts are on.
The first of those cards comes later this week, and will be the Matchroom promoted show from Madison Square Garden Theater, in New York.
The Japanese interest here is the IBF Super Bantamweight title fight between Japanese challenger Ryohei Takahashi (15-3-1, 6) [高橋竜平] and current champion TJ Doheny (20-0, 14). As well as that title bout the card will also feature Japanese interest in the form of Teiken promoted Jorge Linares's (45-4, 28) bout against Pablo Cesar Cano (31-7-1, 21). The card will also feature Demetrius Andrade (26-0, 16) defending the WBO Middleweight title against Artur Akavov (19-2, 8).
This card will be on Friday 18th of January in the US but in Japan it will be shown at 11:00 AM on Saturday morning, with the main event expected to be shown at 1:00 PM.
Just over a week later we'll get a Golden Boy Promoted card from Texas, headlined by Takeshi Inoue (13-0-1, 7) [井上 岳志] challenging WBO Light Middleweight champion Jaime Munguia (31-0, 26). That card will also feature a WBA "regular" Featherweight title bout between defending champion Jesus M Rojas (26-2-2-1, 19) and Chinese challenger Can Xu (15-2, 2) [徐灿].
As with the New York card this will be aired in the morning in Japan, with the broadcast beginning at 9AM local time, and the main card set to begin at 11AM.
Related-Preview: Doheny Vs Takahashi
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This coming Friday we'll see Japan's Ryohei Takahashi (15-3-1, 6) [高橋竜平] battle IBF Super Bantamweight champion TJ Doheny (20-0, 14), in what will be Doheny's first defense of the title and Takahashi's first world title fight.
Unsurprisingly the Japanese fighter is regarded as the massive under-dog, and is priced as high as 14/1 at the moment, with the markets from many bookmakers only opening in the last 24 hours. This is a huge step up for Takahashi, who hasn't fought anyone even close to Doheny's level before, and was offered this fight on short notice. Despite being confident in himself, it does seem like most are giving Takahashi no shot at all, and that's certainly showing in the odds.
Doheny, the clear favourite, has been priced at 1/50 to win and move a step closer to a unification bout. The Irish-Australian fighter looked fantastic when he won the world title last year, dethroning Ryosuke Iwasa, and it seems clear that many fans are expecting a similarly impressive performance here against Takahashi.
Related- Preview: Doheny Vs Takahashi
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