Tomorrow fight fans in Japan will get the chance to see WBC Bantamweight champion Shinsuke Yamanaka (26-0-2, 18) [山中慎介] face off with once beaten Mexican challenger Carlos Carlson (22-1, 13). Unsurprisingly this is one of the many bouts that fight fans can gamble on, though has some of the more interesting markets of fights held in Asia.
The "To win" market has immediate interest of course. Yamanaka's position as the favourite is undenied, with some places pricing him as an unbackable 1/33. He is, however, available at 1/12 with one on British bookmaker, for fans who want to look around. As for Carlson he can be backed at at 12/1 with two bookies, whilst others have him around 8/1. As for the draw that is widely available at 33/1
The "Method of Victory" market has been an interesting one here. Originally Yamanaka by stoppage was the preferred outcome, with the bookies originally pricing the outcome at 10/11, a steal in the eyes of many. Due to money on that result the odds have now dropped to 1/2 whilst pushing up the odds on Yamanaka by decision, which began around evens but is now 6/4. As for Carlson the favourited result is a stoppage, at 12/1 whilst Carlson by decision is 16/1.
Strangely with odds on Yamanaka to stop Carlson being 1/2 there is now incredible value on betting in the bout not to go the distance, with odds on that being around 8/13, a genuine value bet if we've ever seen one.
Shinsuke Yamanaka goes for defense #12 against Carlos Carlson
(Image courtsey of boxmob.jp)
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