This coming Saturday is a huge day for Asian fight fans, and Asian fighters, such as Hiroshige Osawa (30-3-4, 19) [大沢 宏晋]. The little known Japanese fighter will be making his US debut over the weekend as he takes on WBO Featherweight champion Oscar Valdez (20-0, 18) in a potentially career changing bout.
Sadly the bout is, widely, viewed as a mismatch and it's little surprise that Osawa is the under-dog for the bout, with bookies having him priced as high as 18/1 to upset Valdez. As for the defending Champion he can be backed at 1/41, amazingly though some bookies do make Valdez a 1/1000 favourite for the bout leaving questions as to why they even bothered to featured the bout. The draw, for those interested, can be foubd at 35/1.
As for thee method of victory Valdez is expected to score a stoppage, with odds on Valdez inside the distance being priced at 1/9. For Valdez a decision would be a shock, though it is the second most likely outcome with odds of 6/1. Osawa by stoppage is an unthinkable 22/1 however an Osawa decision is derided as almost impossible with bookies pricing him at 33/1 to out point the rising Mexican star.
The over-under for the bout has been set at 5.5 rounds with the over being 4/5 and the under being 10/11. Interestingly Valdez's average bout length is just 4 rounds and only 4 of his career bouts have gone beyond 5.5 rounds.
Hiroshige Osawa looks for life changing win as he takes on Oscar Valdez!
(Image courtesy of Top Rank / Mikey Williams)
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