This coming weekend sees an historic event as Kohei Kono (30-8-1, 13) defends his WBA Super Flyweight title against fellow Japanese fighter Koki Kameda (33-1, 18) in the first ever all-Japanese title fight to take place in the US. The bout is one that has been a long time in the making and has been full of out of the ring scrabbles and turmoil due to Kameda's Japanese boxing ban, a ban that has been completely ineffective outside of Japan.
The bout may have been full of wrangles but in the ring it appears the bookies are seeing it as a forgone conclusion. In fact they have currently got Kameda priced as a 1/9 favourite with Kono priced at 5/1 and the draw priced at 22/1.
At the moment only one bookies we've seen has the bout priced up, Paddy Power, and they don't currently offer any other markets than the "To Win" market, however the odds do reflect the clear belief that Kameda will be too good, too fast and too skillful for the defending champion.
Kohei Kono and Koki Kameda finally get it on! (Preview)
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