As we approach new year we have all began to get excited about the end of year match ups that Japan are throwing at us. One of those bouts is a WBO Minimumweight title bout that sees sensational youngster Kosei Tanaka (5-0, 2) defending his title against Filipino puncher Vic Saludar (11-1, 9). For the 20 year old Tanaka the bout is his first defense, following his title victory way back in May against Julian Yedras, whilst Saludar will be fighting in his first world title bout.
The bout is a good one on paper though the bookies seem to have the bout pegged as a complete mismatch with Paddy Power pricing the champion at an unbackable 1/50 whilst the challenger is a 12/1 under-dog with the draw priced at 33/1. With those odds it's clear not many will be putting money on the "To Win" market.
Interestingly however there is some interest in the "Method of Victory" market with the young champion priced at a very tasty 6/4 to win a decision, and an interesting 8/15 to win by stoppage. As for Saludar to take a decision that is a wide 22/1 whilst the challenger taking a stoppage is a well priced 14/1.
It seems clear that Paddy Power don't see the supposed lack of power in Tanaka's punches given that their "favourite" outcome is the champion by stoppage, however we have seen fans and critics both question his power. Interestingly this is regarded as a step up for Saludar, but those odds make it look like he is completely out of his depth, something that may not actually play out given his amateur experience.
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