On March 4th Japanese fans will get the chance to see the gutsy Yu Kimura (18-2-1, 3) [木村 悠] make the first defense of the WBC Light Flyweight title as he faces dangerous Mexican southpaw Ganigan Lopez (26-6, 17). The bout, which will be screened live on NTV G+ and had the distinction of being the first world title fight to take place in Japan in 2016, is a tough first defense for the champion, who won the title late last year with an upset win against Pedro Guevara.
Despite being the clear under-dog when he won the title last year Kimura is the clear betting favourite against Lopez, with the champion priced at 3/10 with several bookies in the UK, including Paddy Power who are often one of the few to price up these sorts of bouts.
For backers of the upset minded Lopez the odds are really tempting with the challenger priced at 5/2 across the bookies who are carrying the bout. Given that Lopez gave Guevara hell in a bout last year, and is a man with real experience around world level, we must admit those odds are tempting, despite the fact the challenger is fighting in Japan for just the second time in his career.
For those who are interested in a potential draw, the odds that are widely available are 20/1.
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