The Light Flyweight division is one that appears ready to come alive in 2016 with a lot of very attractive match ups ready to be made. On Wednesday we get the next world title bout to take place at the weight, as we see WBA champion Ryoichi Taguchi (23-2-1, 10) [田口良一] defending his title against Venezuelan veteran Juan Jose Landaeta (27-8-1, 21). On paper the bout looks like a mismatch in favour of the champion, and although we're expecting to see Landaeta test Taguchi it seems that the bookies have this pegged as a massive mismatch.
The bookies have essentially made Taguchi an unbackable favourite pricing him at around 1/50 generally, and best priced 1/41, to win the bout and score his third world title defense. Whilst we certainly don't argue with making the Watanabe man the favourite those odds don't seem to reflect how poor Taguchi looked last time out, or the fact he's still a relatively unproven champion, with his best result being a loss to Naoya Inoue.
For Landaeta, the under-dog, the odds of 14/1 are tempting and it certainly wouldn't be the shock of the year to see the Venezuelan finally claim a win in “a big one”. Yes he's the under-dog, and rightfully so, but he's a man who has proven before that he can be a handful and although he's heading towards 40 years old he will have prepared for this like never before.
Taguchi faces veteran Landaeta in 3rd defense
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