Later today we'll seeWBC Featherweight champion Gary Russell Jr (30-1, 18) defending his title against Mongolian fighter Tugstsogt Nyambayar (11-0, 9) [Нямбаярын Тогсцогт], who enters the bout at the mandatory challenger.
The bout will see Nyamabar look to become the second ever Mongolian world champion, following in the footsteps of former 2-weight champion Lakva Sim. Sadly for the Mongolian fighter he's the clear under-dog here, and is best priced at 7/2 to pick up the victory. The champion is priced at around 1/4 to pick up the victory. The draw is available at 22/1.
In terms of the "Method" of victory, the UK book makers are expecting a decision win for Russell Jr, with odds of 4/11 widely available, and 2/5 being the best available. A stoppage by Russell is available at 7/1. Interestingly Nyambayar is also 7/1 to win by stoppage and is 15/2 to win by decision.
Given that neither man is expected to stop the other it'll be no surprise to learn the bout is expected to go the distance, with odds of 2/9 on the bout going the scheduled 12 rounds. The bout is 7/2 to not go 12 rounds.
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Later today unbeaten Uzbek hopeful Murodjon Akhmadaliev (7-0, 6) [Ахмадалиев, Муроджон Кахарович] will have his most significant fight to date, as he takes on IBF and WBA unified Super Bantamweight champion Danny Roman (27-2-1, 10).
Despite the bout being a big step up for the unbeaten "MJ" he is regarded as a very clear favourite with the bookies, with the best price in the UK being 4/9 on Akhmadaliev to win. Roman on the other hand is backable as high as 11/5 at the moment, with the odds drifting on the talented American. The best price on the draw is 25/1.
The method of victory market has seen an Akhmadaliev decision become the favoured result, with odds of around 5/4 being available. A stoppage for the Uzbek is best priced at 5/2. On the other hand a decision win for Roman is 7/2 whilst a stoppage for Roman is a huge 17/2.
Given that neither man has been stopped it should be no surprise to learn that the bout is expected to go the distance and the odds 1/2 on it going 12 rounds. On the other hand it's 13/8 to end early and not complete the schedule.
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Later today Uzbek puncher Shohjahon Ergashev (17-0, 15) [Шохжахон Эргашев] will clash with Adrian Estrella (29-4, 24) in a bout that promises fireworks.
The bout, as the Winnevegas Casino in Sloan, Iowa, is a bout the UK bookies are taking bets on. But the odds aren't particularly enticing.
The unbeaten Uzbek is best priced as a 1/28 favourite for the bout with 29/2 available on Estrella. As for the draw, the odds on that happening are best priced at 33/1.
Not only is Ergashev expected to win, but he's expected to win early with a stoppage for the Uzbek currently best priced at 1/9, with most UK bookies now having it at 1/10. A decision for the Uzbek is available at 9/1. As the Estrella a stoppage by the Mexican is best priced at 18/1 whilst he is 33/a to win a decision.
In such a perceived mismatch it's needless to say the book makers don't expect this to go long, and the bout is best priced at 10/11 to go under 4.5 rounds and 13/15 to go on longer than that.
Having just mentioned that the bout isn't expected to go beyond 4.5 rounds it's unsurprisingly to read that the bout is 1/12 to not go the distance and a huge 8/1 to some how reach the final bell.
(All odds accurate at time of writing)
This evening in Atlantic City once beaten Kazakh fighter Bakhtiyar Eyubov (14-1-1-1, 12) [Бахтияр Эюбов] faces unbeaten American prospect Jaron Ennis (24-0, 22) in a 10 round Welterweight clash.
Interestingly UK book makers have got the bout available to bet on, and it's viewed as a total mismatch, with Ennis best priced at 1/14 to win and Eyubov a 14/1 under-dog. The draw is available at 40/1.
The bookies haven't just priced up the "To Win" market here but several other markets, including the "Method of victory" market, which makes the bout look even more one-sided than the straight "To Win" odds.
Ennis is almost unbackable to score the stoppage, with the best price being 2/9, whilst an Ennis decision is 9/2. Eyubov to win by stoppage is a huge 25/1 and a decision for the Kazakh is a massive 33/1,
A stoppage either way is expected to come in the middle of the bout, with odds of 4/5 available for the bout to last less than 5.5 rounds and Evens for it to go longer. Not surprisingly then the odds on the bout not going the distance are tiny, with the best price being 2/9 whilst you can get 4/1 on the bout some how going the scheduled 10 rounds.
For fans wanting to watch this it will be aired on Showtime in the US and Boxnation in the UK.
Tomorrow night in Brooklyn we'll see a new IBF "interim" Super Bantamweight champion being crowned, as former IBF Super Bantamweight champion Ryosuke Iwasa (26-3, 16) [岩佐 亮佑] faces off with former WBO Bantamweight champion Marlon Tapales (33-2, 16). The bout is one of the most even of Saturday's many interesting bouts from around the globe and the UK bookies have priced up the bout.
The bookies have got Tapales as the clear favourite, at 2/5, though Iwasa is regarded as a very under-dog at 11/5, with the draw at 25/1. We suspect that whilst both men are pretty even, Iwasa's issue with southpaws has been the difference maker with the bookies and the Japanese fighter has regularly struggled against fellow lefties, including TJ Doheny and Shinsuke Yamanaka.
The method of victory market here is really, really interesting. A Tapales decision win is 17/10 whilst a stoppage for the Filipino is best priced at 18/10, making them almost indistinguishable with the bookies. A stoppage for Iwasa, who has always been a solid puncher, is 91/20 whilst a decision win for the Japanese fighter is a very attractive 5/1.
With both fighters being genuinely world class the bookies aren't expecting a blow out by either man, and the odds are 3/4 on the bout going more than 10.5 rounds and 13/10 to end before then. The bout is also 10/11 to go the full scheduled and 21/20 to end inside the distance
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