Alright, December is finally here sports fans! Naoya Inoue gets back in the ring against Marlon Tapales the day after Christmas. The question becomes what can Inoue do to a Southpaw this time around? So, on December 26th, Inoue and Tapales will go toe-to-toe from Tokyo. This bout appears it might be a short one. Once more Ariake Arena Center will see another electric fight card. Who will win in the Super Bantamweight Boxing Bets?
Numbers are beginning to roll in, thanks to the top online boxing betting sites.
Okay, Inoue is a Super Bantamweight Boxing Bets behemoth. Let’s be blunt here. Naoya Inoue is a relentless beast. The Japanese fighter has beat all comers in this weight class and several others. He is 25-0 with 22 knockouts. That includes a demolition of then unbeaten Stephen Fulton for the rest of the Super Bantamweight belts back in July.
Inoue dominated that fight no matter how much Fulton tried to counter on the offensive. Now, the key for the Japanese pugilist is his ability to get off shots and combinations from a multitude of angles. It did not matter how Fulton approached the fight. Inoue answered every question emphatically and by the eighth round, Fulton was praying for a merciful end.
This undercard starts late at night/morning (Eastern Time). More than likely, the fight starts just after 7:00 am ET on the East Coast. Some believe that Tapales may have a shot here. The WBA and IBF champion is ready but is he truly ready to face a monster?
Even the opponents of Inoue go in with one impression of him and come out with a completely different image. Fulton firmly believed he could outbox him and after a few combinations in the first round, that strategy went completely out the window. It is that ferocity which fuels Inoue.
This bout features two fighters at the 122-pound weight limit. These are the top two fighters currently in the division. The younger Japanese fighter (30 years old) thinks he can use his combinations and angles against the older 31-year old Southpaw. Now, Super Bantamweight Boxing Bets anticipate nothing less than a win for the decided favorite.
Does anyone think this fight is going the distance? That answer is a resounding no. Naturally, we have a few other options to choose from and will list some below. Please keep in mind that a lot of these numbers will still be tilted heavily toward the Japanese champion. There has been some speculation Inoue may move up to Featherweight after this bout
Sky Sports and even ESPN+ are very much enamored with how Inoue fights. It does not hurt that Inoue has five straight knockouts. His 88% knockout rate is one of the best in the sport. Now, does Tapales have a good enough chin? That’s a great question. However, it may be those Inoue body combinations that help do the older fighter in. While Inoue can be caught flat-footed, he often and somehow gets off his punches first.
Honestly, the moneyline provides little or no value. On the other hand, the knockout route is a little better. Let us go with that plan as an initial wager for this post-Christmas err “Boxing Day” fight.
Super Bantamweight Boxing Bets hope for some action with Marlon Tapales. There lies little doubt that the overwhelming underdog could hang with Inoue at least for awhile. The question becomes how long. Also, for what it is worth, Tapales has taken some incredible shots from some fierce fighters. However, at 31, how much mileage is too much mileage. The experience edge goes to the Southpaw who has 258 rounds in the tank.
Okay, do not let the 51% knockout rate fool you. The Filipino fighter can throw some hard left combinations from his Southpaw stance. His rise from Light Flyweight up to Super Bantamweight has not been like Inoue’s. Even when he beat Murodjon Akhmadaliev, there were grumblings that the fight was scored inaccurately. Those were the kinder comments.
Now, can Tapales land enough bigger shots to keep Inoue at bay? Every time there is a belief this can happen, it is dashed fairly quickly. Tapales has the ability to throw at a good pace. He will need to up that even more to defeat Inoue. His Moneyline number was a whopping +950 on Bovada.
Let’s prop some more things up for this exciting after Christmas bout. Now, one could wait for more online boxing odds. If one is looking for a Tapales knockout, the later rounds might be the most likely. Even that comes in at a whopping +5000. For Inoue, the middle rounds (4-6) come in at +280 while (7-9) are at +250 currently.
Some asked for an individual round prediction. That is fair. We have Inoue winning via TKO in the sixth round (+800 via Bovada). Let us go a little further. Where would the Under be for this fight? There are alternatives to be considered. The original set Under 8.5 Rounds came in at -160. However, the Under of 6.5 Rounds is now an enticing +140. That 7.5 number is down to -110 via BetOnline.
Super Bantamweight Boxing Top Bets lean toward the Inoue knockout.
More online betting sites mean more boxing choices before this December bout.
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