On March 4th Japanese fight fans get a potential treat as Shinsuke Yamanaka (24-0-2, 17) [山中慎介] defends his WBC Bantamweight title against Venezuelan tough guy Liborio Solis (23-3-1, 10). The bout will be Yamanka's 10th defense of the title and will move him one step closer to the Japanese record of 13 successful defenses, by the legendary Yoko Gushiken.
On paper it's a really good match up and is likely to be a genuinely good test for the "God of Left", who has looked like his power is waning in recent bouts with his last two contests being very competitive wins over Suriyan Sor Rungvisai and Anselmo Moreno. Despite that Yamanaka has amazingly been priced as very prohibitive favourite in the early betting.
The champion is a 1/25 favourite with Irish bookie Paddy Power, the only British bookie who has currently priced the bout. Solis on the other hand is a very backable 9/1 to win, which is a genuinely enticing price for a man who has twice scored big wins in previous visits to Japan and may well strike for a third time. We know that Solis deserves to be an under-dog though we do think that those odds are too big on the visitor.
In the case of the draw the early odds have it priced at 25/1, again very large odds given how competitive Yamanaka's last two bouts were.
At the moment the only market available is the "To Win" market, though others are expected to become available around the start of March, with more bookies expected to carry the bout closer to fight time.
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