Tomorrow the hardcore fight fans will turn their attention to Thailand for a WBO Bantamweight world title bout, as defending champion Pungluang Sor Singyu (52-3, 35) [ผึ้งหลวง ส.สิงห์อยู่] takes on Filipino challenger Marlon Tapales (28-2, 11) in a mandatory title defense. The bout is a brilliant one on paper and one that seems even better if you've seen a bit of the two men, with styles almost guaranteed to gel when the men step in to the ring.
Thankfully it's not only us that think the bout will be great with one British bookmaker actually pricing the bout up, and having it as a very good looking and competitive bout themselves.
The bout opened on the better market with Pungluang a 4/6 favourite, though since then his odds have drifted and today he is priced at 8/11, suggesting that whilst he is the favourite the bout should be an ultra-competitive one. Like wise the odds of Tapales winning, at 11/10 today, suggest that he's an under-dog with a real chance and will not be written off. Interesting he was 5/4 yesterday suggesting money has gone on him over-night.
Of course winning in Thailand is never easy but it seems the belief is that Tapales is the better fighter, and the question isn't who will deserve the bout, but whether or not Tapales can convince the officials to give him the win in front of a Thai crowd. Something that has never been easy.
Will Pungluang over come mandatory challenger Tapales?
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