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
Taguchi taller and longer than Landaeta
Taguchi and Landaeta make weight for title showdown