Later today Uzbek fringe Lightweight contender Bahodir Mamadjonov (19-2, 11) returns to the ring to battle against the once beaten American Mason Menard (31-1, 23). On paper the bout looks like a favourable one for Menard, who will be seeking a 30th straight win, and extend a winning run that dates back to 2008. However paper isn't the best predictor boxing results and although Menard does come into the bout with him impressive run including a win over the previously unbeaten Eudy Bernardo as well as the experience Oscar Bravo, he is actually the under-dog.
The Uzbek, who has competed at a far higher level than Menard, is priced as a 4/9 favourite to take home the win here and record a third successive victory following his May 2015 loss to the heavy handed Richard Commey. The bout also sees him return to the Lightweight division, following a pair of bouts fought above Light Welterweight limit, and it seems likely that move back down in weight will help the Uzbek.
For those fancying Menard to win, and secure his 30th successive win,is priced as a 4/9 favourite to take home the win he is priced at 7/4 whilst the draw is 22/1.
All too often in this great sport of ours we see mismatches. Sadly it's a global issue due to the way boxing works and the importance of a good looking record as opposed to putting on the best match ups. This weekend however we get the chance to see a number of interesting looking match ups that have been really well matched.
Whilst internationally fans will be looking forward to contests such as Andre Dirrell Vs James DeGale and Bryan Vasquez Vs Javier Fortuna, there is also a bout that appeals to us in particular. That bout is the Lightweight encounter between the once beaten Uzbek Bahodir Mamadjonov (17-1, 11) and the big punching Richard Commey (21-0, 19), which takes place on Friday.
The bout may not have a world title on the line, or be between two of the sports big names but it is one of those rare match ups that looks too interesting to ignore.
Thankfully we're not the only ones looking forward to it, nor as we the only ones who think it looks too close to call. In fact almost all the main UK bookies are taking bets on the bout and they have it incredibly close to a 50-50 contest
The bookies favour the unbeaten man, who is best priced at 6/7 whilst the Uzbek is 11/10 and the draw is 20/1.
Whilst there is no “method of victory” market we can't help but feel those odds alone sum up the feeling regarding the bout which is as good a match up, in terms of competitiveness, as we are likely to see in a long time and real credit needs to go to all those involved in putting the match on.
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