On August 31st Japanese fight fans, and those that follow the lower weights in general, are set for a wonderful treat as WBA Light Flyweight champion Ryoichi Taguchi (24-2-1, 11) [田口良一] defends his title against Ryo Miyazaki (24-1-3, 15) [宮崎 亮] in a wonderful all-Japanese match up.
The bout, which will be the main event of the Watanabe promoted TV Tokyo broadcast card, is a mouth watering match and pontentially a FOTY contender between two men who should have the styles that match to give some brilliant action.
Today the bookies priced the bout up and the opening odds strongly favour Taguchi who is pried at 4/11 to retain his world title, and record the 4th defense of the belt. Whilst he is, rightfully, the favourite the match does seem a more difficult one than the bookies seem to be suggesting and Taguchi is stepping up for possibly his second toughest bout to date, behind his 2013 fight with the then fast rising Naoya Inoue.
Miyazaki, the under-dog, is 2/1 to win the title and become a 2-weight world champion, adding the title to an earlier reign as the WBA Minimumweight champion. Whilst we view the bout as a near 50-50 match up we do wonder if the bookies are reading too much into Miyazaki's 2013 loss to Fahlan Sakrreerin Jr, when Miyazaki really screwed up his weight, however the challenger certainly is the smaller and shorter man and could be the under-dog based on the natural size difference of the two men.
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