Tomorrow Filipino fans will see the highly touted Mark Magsayo (13-0, 10) face his first genuine acid test as he battles former world title challenger Chris Avalos (26-4, 19). The bout will be the first time Magsayo takes on an opponent that is genuinely well know, with Avalos having been a staple on the "ShoBox" series as well as a fighter who has faced opponents such as Yasutaka Ishimoto, Drian Francisco and Carl Frampton.
Although the bout is a big step up in class for Magsayo it does see him in with a man who has who has lost 2 of his last 3, by stoppage, and is almost 2 years removed from his win over Ishimoto in Macao.
The bookies are seeing this as a complete mismatch with Magsayo being priced as the clear favourite, with odds available at around 1/8 for the Filipino to win the bout. Those odds seem a bit short in our eyes, though we do agree with the Filipino being the favourite given his ability, natural size advantage and the current run of Avalos.
When it comes to Avalos odds of 6/1 are widely available on the American, who will essentially be fighting for his career here, and he'll know that he cannot afford another loss.
Sadly the only market available is the two win market, which of course also includes the draw which has been priced at 25/1. Given how Avalos has lost his last two bouts it would have been nice to have seen a "method of victory" market available here as well as the straight "to win" market.
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