This coming Friday fans in China will get the chance to see a WBA Super Bantamweight title fight between Venezuelan veteran Nehomar Cermeno (24-5-1, 14) and unbeaten Thai Nop Kratingdaenggym (17-0, 5) [ณพ ฐิติพงศกร]. On paper the bout looks like an intriguing bout between unbeaten hopeful and veteran champion and should see both fighters being asked serious questions here in what could help change the face of the Super Bantamweight division going into 2017, and lets be honest even the winner will have a big bullseye on their back for some of the divisional contenders.
Coming into the bout the 36 year old champion, who is defending the title for the first time, is the betting favourite with the bookmakers pricing him at 4/9 to win the bout and retain his title. A win for Cermeno would see fighters target him next year, with his 37th birthday coming up before the end of the year, though he is certainly the more experienced and more proven man here and despite his age he still knows more than most other fighters in the division, even if he lacks the athleticism of some other fighters in the division.
Nop, listed by his birth name of Anurak Thisa, is stepping up from PABA level to world title level but the 25 year old is confident and is showing real self belief coming into this one. The Thai is priced as the under-dog, but a very live one at 7/4, and could well be worth a bet with some thinking the Thai could have a lot of potential and wouldn't have taken this bout if his team were sure of his ability. Given his youth and unbeaten record he'll be fancying his chances and could well have too much youthfulness for the champion.
For those thinking the two are well matched and very even, the draw is priced at 20/1.
Nop looks to announce himself on world stage as he takes on Cermeno
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