Later today we'll see Filipino-American American-Filipino Brian Viloria (38-5-0-2, 23) look to add one more win to his record and claim the WBA Flyweight title as he takes on aggressive Ukrainian puncher Artem Dalakian (15-0, 11) for the vacant title. On paper the bout pits a relative unknown against a former multi-time world champion, but the unknown is a dangerous contender in his prime and the former champion is a real battle warn veteran.
The British bookies see the contest as being incredibly close with Viloria the slight favourite, best priced at 19/20 towin the bout. Although that is the best price available on the veteran other bookies have priced him at 4/6, a more clear favourite. Dalakian on the other hand is best priced at 5/4, though some bookies do have him at a less enticing 4/5. As for the draw that's available at 25/1!
Things are equally as interesting in the Method of Victory market. Viloria by stoppage is 11/5 whilst a Dalakian stoppage victory is 5/2, on the other hand a decision win for Viloria is 3/1 and a decision for Dalakian is 11/4. All 4 of these outcomes are really closely priced and it seems obvious that the bookies are very unsure on not only who will win, but also how. It looks like they are unsure on what Viloria has left, and on what Dalakian can produce on the big stage, making it all incredibly interesting.
Interesting the bout is not expected to go the distance, with odds of 4/6 on the bout not going the scheduled 12 rounds, and 11/10 on the bout going the scheduled 12 rounds.
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Viloria and Dalakian make weight
Later today we'll get the highly anticipated Superfly 2 show. On that card will be a WBA Flyweight title bout, as American-Filipino Brian Viloria (38-5-0-2, 23) battles little known Artem Dalakian (15-0, 11) for the vacant title.
Yesterday the two men weighed in for the bout and both men managed to make weight for the contest.
Both of the fighters were comfortably under the limit, weighing 111.4lbs each.
On the scales Viloria looked in good shape, though did look a teeny bit nervous whilst Dalakian looked very confident with a sneer across his face. It's also worth noting that the Ukrainian, who was actually born in Azerbaijan, was slightly taller, much younger and looked like a more physically imposing fighter than the well known Viloria.
It should be noted that the winner of this is expected to be the next target of WBC champion Daigo Higa.
Viloria and Dalakian clash for WBA crown!
(Image courtesy of Sumio Yamada)
Today attention turned to Tokyo where fight fans are awaiting a WBC Bantamweihght world title bout. Prior to that bout however were a number of notable under-card bouts.
The last 12 months have been frustrating for world title challenger Ryosuke Iwasa (23-2, 15) [岩佐 亮佑], who travelled to the US last year only to see a world title eliminator fall apart when his opponent failed to make weight. Rather than sit and wait for an eventual show down with Yukinori Oguni, who was in attendence, the "Eagle Eye" stayed busy today on the under-card with a tune up bout against Filpiino foe Glenn Medura (8-2-1, 5). Iwasa was in pretty good control through out the first two rounds before unloading his powerful left hand in round 3 and finishing off the Filipino towards the end of the round.
Whilst Iwasa was in a tune up the same can't be said of former world champion Brian Viloria (37-5-0-2, 22) who made his Japanese debut and ended a long break form the ring. He showed his ring rust at times as he struggled with Mexican foe Ruben Montoya (14-5-1, 9). The bout looked like a potential banana skin for Viloira, despite being a 1/100 favourite, and it proved to be a competitive bout with Montoya standing up to Viloria and fighting back in an exciting contest. Despite the back and forth action it always seemed like Viloria had that little bit of extra class which helped on the score cards, with the Filipino taking a a unanimous decision with cards of 77-75, 78-75 and 78-74. It was good rounds for Viloria, but he'll probably need another tune before a big fight.
(Image, of Iwasa landing a left hand on Medura, courtesy of boxmob.jp)
Tomorrow fight fans in Tokyo will get the chance to see 2-weight world champion Brian Viloria (36-5-0-2, 22) make his Japanese debut as he takes on Mexican foe Ruben Montoya (14-4-1, 9). The bout, contracted a 114lbs, sees Viloria return to the ring after more than a year out the Filipino expected to kick start his career and move towards another potential world title.
Today Viloria and Montoya took part in their weigh and both made the weight with a little bit of room to spare, coming in at around 113.8lbs.
With the bout taking place above the typical Flyweight limit it was fair to say that neither man boiled down for the weigh in and neither looked like they had hugely focused on the weight, though neither man looked in particularly bad shape.
The bout, which isn't set to recieve any television time on the live broadcast, is viewed as a tune up for Viloria who has big plans ahead and there are rumours in Japan of a potential bout between Viloria and Kazuto Ioka down the line.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
On Thursday fight fans in Japan will be getting a stacked card, featuring a number of notable fighters on the undercard. Among those on that are card will be former multi-time world champion Brian Viloria (36-5-0-2, 22), who will be making his Japanese debut as he takes on Mexican foe Ruben Montoya (14-4-1, 9), and former world title challenger Ryosuke Iwasa (22-2, 14) [岩佐 亮佑], who be battling Filpiino foe Glenn Medura (8-1-1, 5).
Given the profiles of of both Viloria and Iwasa it should come as nor surprise to see both fighters are clear betting favourites, in fact they are essentially unbackable.
Viloria, who was last seen in the ring in 2015 suffering a stoppage loss to Roman Gonzalez, is priced at 1/100 to defeat Montoya, who has lost 3 of his last 5, including a stoppage loss to the little known Samuel Gutierrez. A win for Montoya is priced at 16/1, showing the huge under-dog status that he has. Whilst clearly not favoured here Montoya does have a slim chance of picking up a victory, and has scored an upset win over Efrain Perez in recent bouts.
As for those perhaps interested in the draw that has been priced at 40/1.
Like Viloria we've also seen Iwasa priced at 1/100 and we've seen his foe, the little known Medura, priced at 16/1. For Iwasa the price makes sense with the Japanese fighter only lost to world class fighters, in the shape of Shinsuke Yamanaka and Lee Haskins, and looking in good form recently with one sided wins in his last 3 bouts. He has been active, in good shape and isn't coming back from a loss or a long lay off. As for Medura he's a Filipino who has never never competed outside of his native Philippines, nor has he ever faced anyone of any note with all of his opponents having been Filipino domestic level fighters. Whilst we have seen Iwasa struggle in the past with under-dogs, notably Richard Pumipic, it's really hard to imagine anything but a straight forward win here in what is expected to be a tune up for "Eagle Eye".
As with the other bout the draw here is priced at 40/1.
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