In the UK this coming Saturday we will see a rarity, a Japanese fighter challenging for a world title in Europe, more specifically the UK. The bout will see Hidenori Otake (22-1-3, 9) challenging WBA Super Bantamweight champion Scott Quigg (29-02, 22) in the hope of becoming the first ever Japanese fighter to win a world title in Europe. We believe that Otake becomes the first Japanese fighter to challenge a British champion since 1987 when Akio Shibata fought Terry Marsh for the IBF Light Welterweight title, and it's worth remembering that Kameda wasn't actually a JBC affiliated fighter going into that bout.
Sadly for Otake the odds are certainly stacked against him and the once beaten challenger has been priced at as a major under-dog with odds as high as 10/1. The challenger is stepping up in class here though those odds do still look like they could be worth a nibble, especially if Quigg has made any mistakes in his preparation. As the champion and the home fighter Quigg is the clear favourite and has been priced between 1/25 and 1/14 to score the win. For those who wish to know about the draw the price there is 33/1.
For those who are wishing to look for more options on the bout there are numerous other markets available, including a "method of victory" market. Unsurprisingly these again favour Quigg in a huge way with the British fighter priced at at 1/2 to win by TKO, KO or DQ in what is the clear front runner for the expected outcome. Quigg by decision or technical decision is 5/2 suggesting that the bookies really don't expect to see Otake lasting the distance. As for the Japanese fighter the odds on him winning by decision are around 20/1 whilst Otake by decision is 18/1.
As for the bout going the distance the bookies have it priced around 4/9 to not see the final bell whilst you can get 9/4 on the bout to 12 rounds. It really does seem to be a case of many suspecting Otake will be broken up in the middle rounds.
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