On December 30th boxing fans will get the chance to find out just how legitimate Ryo Matsumoto (12-0, 10) is as a future world champion. The unbeaten youngster fights his third notable foe of the year as he goes up against Thailand's Rusalee Samor (25-5-2, 11) in a bout for the vacant OPBF Super Flyweight. On paper this is the toughest bout of Matsumoto's career and is certainly not a forgone conclusion, especially considering that this is Matsumoto's first title bout, first bout scheduled for more than 8 rounds and sees him taking on a live, tough and hungry opponent.
Despite the bout being a great test for Matsumoto he is viewed as a well deserved favourite. Surprisingly however the oddsmakers at Paddy Power, the only bookies currently accepting bets on the bout in the UK, have the bout priced as a wipe out with Matsumoto priced at a ridiculous 1/33. That's right you need to put on £33 to return a £1 profit. Samor on the other hand is 10/1 whilst the draw is 25/1. Interestingly last time Samor faced a touted prospect he was unlucky not score a win as he lost a controversial decision to Rex Tso in a bout that really showed up Tso's limitations, he'll be hoping to do the same here and record one of the biggest upsets of the year.
(Image courtesy of Hideyuki Ohashi's blog)
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