We are now just a few short hours from tonight's IBF "interim" Bantamweight title bout between Ryosuke Iwasa (19-1, 12) and Lee Haskins (31-3, 13) and coming in to the bout the bookies have kept Haskins as the favourite, though the bout really is very even with the bookies.
Haskins is priced at 4/5 with some places making him a margin favourite to win, whilst Iwasa is available at 5/4. That's as close to a 50-50 as we tend to see in boxing.
Thankfully over the past day or so we've seen new markets added to the fight, including the "Method of Victory" market.
The most likely outcome according to the bookies is Haskins by decision, which has been priced at 6/4 As for Iwasa by Decision that's available at 9/2, though those odds do sum up ust how difficult it is to get a decision against a British fighter in the UK. As for the stoppage Iwasa is available at 3/1, in what appears to be the stand out bet available. Haskin's by stoppage is a widely unlikely 11/2.
For both men this is a career defining bout. For Haskins it's a chance to finally win a world title after a very long career, as for Iwasa he could cement his place in history as the first Japanese fighter to win a world title in Europe. It's fair to say both men have a lot on the line and both have done their utmost to prepare for the bout, not it comes down to who is better man, thing we'll find out about later today.
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