Yesteday we saw Mexican veteran Juan Hernandez Navarrete (34-2, 25) give up the WBC Flyweight title, as he failed to make weight in his bout against Japanese destroyer Daigo Higa (12-0, 12) [比嘉 大吾]. The struggles with weight, and being on the road, have contributed to some really interesting betting odds for the bout.
The former champion, who we would have pegged as the favourite if he was in top condition, has been priced as a marginal favourite at between 8/11 and 5/6, suggesting that the weight struggles, the travel and his failure to look comfortable in Japan have all contributed to his odds. On paper he should be the clear favourite, he's experienced and a genuine top class fighter but he's looked like a man who has reached the topand has already started his down fall.
The 21 year old Japanese fighter, who made weight for the contest unlikes Hernandez, has been priced as the slight under-dog with prices ranging from 10/11 all the way up to 8/7, showing again what a 50-50 fight this one is viewed as being. It's a huge step up for the Japanese destroyer but one that is logical given his wins ar Oriental level, and the impressive fashion he has been scoring those wins.
As for the draw that has been priced at 20/1 by most bookies, who have the bout cose but aren't expecting a draw, likely thinking the fight will be a sink or swim affair for Higa.
Higa risks unbeaten record against WBC champion Hernandez!
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