Tonight fans in Mexico will get the chance to see Japanese visitor Shohei Kawashima (14-0-2, 3) [川島 翔平] battle former world champion Cristian Mijares (54-8-2, 26) for the WBC Silver Featherweight title, a title that Mijares will be defending. On paper the bout is a huge step up for Kawashima, but the 24 year old novice has little to lose and has previously proven that he can travel well, winning in Seoul earlier this year against Jin Wook Lim. For Mijares a win is expected but at 35 years old, and with a long and draining 19 year career behind him, featuring close to 500 professional rounds, theend is nigh for the former Super Flyweight world champion.
The veteran Vs novice theme is an interesting one coming into this bout and it's possibly what makes the bout so notable from a betting perspective. Unsurprisingly the bookies all favour the veteran, with some pricing him at an unbackable 1/20 to win the bout, huge odds for a man who is almost 8 years removed from being battered by Vic Darchinyan down at 115lbs. That's not to say he's not a fantastic fighter, but at some point the natural clock of the human body does slow down and we have to wonder just how long Mijares can continue at the higher levels of the sport. He's best priced at around 1/11, which is an interesting price given that so many other bookies are offering him at a much higher price.
For those picking the under-dog he can be got at 9/1, making him a huge out-sider for the win, but maybe worth considering given his age, youth, nagural size and unbeaten record. Whilst it's true that Japanese fighters typically don't travel well, and this is a huge step up or Kawashima, we can't help but think the price is a bit too big.
For those interestedin the draw, that can be backed at 33/1.
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