International Boxing Odds For the Weekend – Two World Title Fights in Asia

boxing-glovesSeptember sees the 115 pound Super Flyweight division’s top fighters enter the ring to compete, as IBF and WBO world titles are on the line in fights this coming weekend. On Saturday, September 3rd in Bacoor, Cavite, the Philippines the IBF Super Flyweight title belonging to McJoe Arroyo (17-0) will be on the line as Arroyo faces Jerwin Ancajas (24-1-1). For Arroyo, it will be the first defense of his title, and the Peurto Rican standout will be doing it far from home. Despite that, Arroyo is entering the fight a -205 favorite over Ancajas, who is returning at +165. There is no over/under up for this 12-round bout as of yet. Arroyo has faced a strong level of competition, as he stopped Hernan Marquez (37-4) in a title eliminator back in June of 2014 and he won the vacant IBF world title with another stoppage win over previously undefeated Arthur Villanueva (27-0) of the Philippines. As for Ancajas, he is on an 11-fight winning streak that has seen him stop 10 of his opponents within the distance. Arroyo is best remembered as the twin brother of McWilliams Arroyo, who was the most recent opponent for #1 pound for pound fighter Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez and a win here could put Arroyo in the mix for a match-up against the Nicaraguan phenom. Sunday night, the Sky Arena in Kanagawa, Japan hosts a full boxing card that is headlined by the Inoue family. The WBO world super flyweight champion is 23 year old phenom Naoya Inoue (10-0) and he is defending his belt against 38-7-1 veteran Karoon Jarunpianlerd of Thailand. Inoue, who is in many of the top 10 pound for pound lists already, including a #10 ranking at the prestigious Transnational Boxing Rankings Board, and he comes in a massive -10000 favorite, with his opponent Jarupianlerd returning at +4000. Inoue is the potential cross-over superstar and a fighter who could win world titles in a slew of weight classes. He has already won a world title in two weight classes and he is seen as a potential future opponent for Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez, the number one ranked pound for pound fighter in the world today in a fight that will bring more international attention to the lighter weight classes. Undefeated 20-year old brother Takuma Inoue (7-0) comes in a big time -4000 favorite over his opponent, Froilan Saludar (23-1-1) of the Philippines, who is coming back at +2000. Those are the only two fights popping up at the sports books but cousin Koki Inoue (4-0) is also fighting on the card, and the trio trained by Shingo Inoue are quickly capturing the imagination of the Japanese boxing public.

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