This coming Thursday fight fans in Japan will get the chance to see Japanese Super Featherweight champion Kenichi Ogawa (20-1, 16) [尾川 堅一] defending his title against mandatory challenger Satoru Sugita (12-3-4, 7) [杉田 聖], in what will be the second bout between the two men in the space of 11 months. When the two men fought first Ogawa, who put on a less than great performance, managed to score a a 9th round KO to record his first defense of the title and papered over another other wise disappointing performance.
The bout has, strangely, attracted enough attention with Western bookmakers who have carried the bout, albeit with only one market available.
The bookies have got Ogawa as the clear betting favourite, priced at at 1/6 with a number of Bookies. Although the champuion was made to look lost and cofused against Sugita in their bout he has remained active since then and picked up two wins, proving both his boxing ability and his power, and will also be looking to make a statement here with talk being that a win will secure him Teiken's financial backing for a world title fight later in the year.
The talented Sugita had put in a great performance against Ogawa last time out but has been relatively inactive since that bout, fighting only once since loss, taking an 8 round decision over Tsuyoshi Tojo last October. Sugita is priced around 4/1 with most bookies, though you can actually get on Sugita at 23/5, and although he should be the under-dog he showed enough against Ogawa in their first bout to suggest that he could, potentially be a banana skin here.
For fans interested in a draw the odds on that are widely available at 33/1.
Sadly the "To Win" market is the only one available here, at least at the time of writing, but it's certainly a well priced market and one that should interest a few fans who have followed the rise of Ogawa, and his less than great performances in recent bouts.
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