Tomorrow we'll see OPBF Bantamweight champion Keita Kurihara (15-5, 13) [栗原慶太] seek his second defense of the regional title, as he takes on former WBC "interim" Bantamweight champion Takuma Inoue (13-1, 3) [井上拓真] at Korakuen Hall.
Earlier this week we reported the various odds on the bout, which all had Inoue as the favourite. Since then money has gone on the challenger, seeing his odds shorten in various markets, such as the UK where Inoue started at 2/7 and is now best priced at 1/4.
With money going on Inoue it's worth noting that odds on Kurihara have drifted, with the champion opening at 3/1 and he's now best priced at 62/17.
The draw is still available at 22/1.
It's not just been the "To win" market which has seen money go on Inoue but also the method of victory market.
When the "Method of Victory" market opened an Inoue decision was the clear favoured result, priced at 8/13. It's still the favoured result, but the odds on it have drifted to 5/6, almost evens! The money has been dumped on an Inoue stoppage, which was 3/1 and is now 15/8, being shortened drastically.
Interestingly a Kurihara stoppage is still 6/1, as it was earlier in the week, whilst a decision for Kurihara has drifted all the way out to 10/1, having previously been 8/1
Given the money going on an Inoue stoppage it'll be little surprise to learn money has also gone on markets relating to how long the bout will go.
The "Length of Bout" remains set at 10.5 rounds, but money has piled on the "Under", with several bookies cutting the price. Despite that there are still some bookies carrying the 2/1 price that was up a few days ago. The "Over" has drifted from 4/11 up to 1/2.
Likewise the "Will the Fight The Distance?" market has also seen a shift. The bout is now 8/11 to go the scheduled 12 rounds, much shorted than the 2/5 quoted earlier in the week. The bout not to go the distance is now 7/4, having previously been 21/10.
Given Inoue's lack of power it's interesting to note how the odds have changed in the last few days, and there doesn't appear to have been anything out of Kurihara's camp to suggest he's unwell or anything like that.
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