Today, for the first time, we've seen odds for much of the "Ring of Gold" card published.
The one bout that had been priced up for a while was the IBF Lightweight world title fight between Miguel Vazquez (33-3, 13) and Denis Shafikov (33-0-1, 18). This bout had been priced for a few weeks and saw Shafikov open at around 9/4, his odds have now shortened to just 6/4 leaving him a small under-dog. Vazquez, the betting favourite, is currently 4/6 though was much shorter a week or two back.
We had predicted a victory for Shafikov and Taka's tip was for Shafikov when he was 9/4, at the closer odds however the bout is priced much more accurately than it was originally.
The next closest bout on the card is the WBO International Featherweight title bout between Akifumi Shimoda (28-3-2, 12) and Marvin Sonsona (17-1-1, 14). Shimoda, of Japan, has been instilled as a notable favourite priced at 1/2 though Sonsona is nicely priced at 7/4 if you like the upset. We do view this as a pretty even bout so could see some punters lean towards Sonsona who does, as we said, look nice priced.
Unfortunately it's only really those two bouts which are even competitive looking on the books, though they do carry 3 other bouts.
Japanese star Ryota Murata (2-0, 2) is set as a clear 1/12 favourite against Brazilian puncher Carlos Nascimento (29-3, 23) who is 8/1. There are no odds currently available on this one ending by stoppage though that is what we're expecting.
China's very own Zou Shiming (3-0) is an unbackable 1/33 favourite to beat Thailand's Yokthong Kokietgym (15-3, 11). Although more experienced as a professional Yokthong is the big the underdog priced at 10/1 and we'd not be that shocked to see one or two people a nibble at that.
The only other bout priced at the moment is that of the "Wonder Boy" Rex Tso (11-0, 7) who is a clear favourite priced at 1/18. Although we weren't impressed by Tso the first time we saw him fight in Macau, struggling to hold a majority decision over Rusalee Samor, he should really have more than enough for Mako Matsuyama (7-7-1, 3) who is a big underdog at 17/2.
Although a lot of the bouts are mismatches we have certainly seen some value in there and placed our own personal bets. The most interesting of which features Shafikov, Sonsona, Murata, Yokthong and Tso in an accumulator and trust us, if that wins drinks are them!
*Please note-All odds are correct at time of writing, all odds are win only and all odds are available on UK betting websites. We are not advocating gambling but merely using the odds to demonstrate who is the favourite and how much of a favourite they are. All bets are at a risk and are taken at the individuals own choice we are not advocating gambling and it is addictive.
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