This weekend's huge fight in Mexico between IBF Minimumweight champion Katsunari Takayama (27-6-0-1, 10) and WBO champion Francisco Rodriguez Jr (14-2, 10) has been priced by British online bookmakers bet365.com who are, at the time of writing, the only UK bookmakers to carry the fight.
The bookmakers have made Rodriguez a clear favourite at 4/11 to win the fight against Takayama and unify the world titles. The Japanese fighter on the other hand has been priced at 2/1, making him the clear under-dog.
The odds are probably in Rodriguez's favour for 4 reasons. Firstly he is the much younger fighter, not usually a major issue but Takayama has been in several wars ageing him more than his actual years. Secondly Rodriguez is at home in Mexico giving him a clear edge there, though Takayama has of course had success on the road. Thirdly Rodriguez is the naturally bigger fighter, he's a monster at 105lbs and will likely end up fighting at 112lbs if not higher in the latter parts of his career. Mos notable however is probably how bad Takayama looked last time out when he struggled past Shin Ono in a less than impressive contest.
As well as the win odds he bookies have also opened a market for the over/under with he rounds set at 8.5 rounds. The odds on both the over and under are 5/6 and we'd suggest the "over" looks very nice there,given that both men are very tough fighters.
(Image courtesy of Nakazato Boxing)
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