This coming weekend sees boxing, world wide, take off with a number of notable shows around the globe. Whilst much of the attention will be on the US, where we get rival shows on Showtime and on HBO, there will also be some notable action in Macau, as we kick off the Chinese New Year with a couple of shows over Sunday and Monday.
The first of those shows, on Sunday, is headlined by an IBF Super Flyweight world title fight between defending champion Jerwin Ancajas (25-1-1, 16) and experienced Mexican Jose Alfredo Rodriguez (32-4, 19). For Ancajas it's a chance to build on his big 2016 win over McJoe Arroyo, and record his first defense of the title whilst Rodriguez will be looking to make a mark on the boxing scene after spending several years in the proverbial boxing wilderness.
Coming in to the bout the bookies have all viewed Ancajas as the clear favourite. One bookmaker has the champion at 1/20 to retain, though others have him at a more interesting 1/9 to win the bout. Those odds have clear been based on his recent form, and the form of Rodriguez which has been faltering and riddled with recent inactivity.
Rodriguez on the other hand can be backed at 8/1 with one bookmaker, whilst others have him at 5/1. For the draw the odds are 33/1 at the moment.
Although we're still a few days from the fight, and the odds could well change, it does seem very unlikely that Ancajas will become the under-dog and in fact if anything the champion is likely to shorten over the coming days with money from the notorious Asian gambling market likely to go on to the champion.
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