On Saturday we'll see unbeaten Thai Downua Ruawaiking (16-0, 13) [ดาวเหนือ เรือไวกิ้ง], aka Apinun Khongsong, take on IBF and WBA Light Welterweight champion Josh Taylor (16-0, 12) in a bout being held in the UK. The bout is widely regarded as a mismatch in favour of the unbeaten, unified, champion, though it is a mandatory title defense bout from Taylor, with the Thai earning his shot by stopping Akihiro Kondo in spectacular fashion in a world title eliminator last year.
Unsurprisingly the bookmakers have made Taylor a very, very clear betting favourite. The best odds available on the Scot are a prohibitively unattractive 1/25 to win. Amazingly some bookies see that as too attractive, with one pricing the champion at a ridiculous 1/200 to win. The odds on the Thai challenger are typically around 10/1 though are available as high as 16/1 with the right bookies. As for the draw the odds are typically between 33/1 and 28/1 though shopping around you can finds odds as big as 40/1 on the draw.
For those considering backing Taylor the method of victory market may be more compelling than the straight "To win" market.
A win for Taylor by KO/TKO or DQ has been priced at 1/3, and all the bookies have this listed as the most likely outcome. Incidentally a decision win for Taylor is 3/1. On the other hand the Thai is available at a massive 18/1 to win by KO/TKO or DQ and score what would be one of the biggest shocks of the year. As a for a decision win, the Thai is available at a staggering 40/1 with one bookmaker.
Given the odds on a stoppage for Taylor it'll be no surprise that the bout is not expected to go the distance. You can get 2/7 on the bout finishing early and 3/1 on the bout going the 12 round schedule. As for the "Length of Bout" market, most bookies have got this one set at 7.5 rounds. The over has been priced at 10/11, whilst the under is best priced at 5/6.
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