A grand milestone for the Ghanaian prince. Isaac “Royal Storm” Dogboe is set to defend his WBO junior featherweight title this Saturday night for the first time since claiming the belt only four months ago. Dogboe will be appearing in front of an American crowd for the second time in his career, his opponent on this occasion is Japanese veteran boxer, Hidenori Otake.
Here is our round-up for major betting markets available for this fight, along with our outright prediction on how the contest will end.
Dogboe vs. Otake: Tale of the Tape
|Isaac Dogboe||vs.||Hidenori Otake|
Dogboe vs. Otake: Major Betting Markets
To win outright
Anyone backing Dogoe to retain his featherweight title will do well to look beyond the grim odds at 1/33 for an outright win… this market makes zero incentive. The question is not if, but when and how Royal Storm dismantles the ageing Japanese fighter in Glendale, Arizona.
Those who fancy the notion of a remarkable upset will enjoy a juicy margin of anywhere up to 20/1 for the 37-year-old from Tokyo to beat Dogboe in his American debut. Otake is riding a nine-fight win streak, however, question marks remain over is desire to truly dig in and make something of this fight. This market is a dead zone to even the most seasoned betting enthusiasts.
|To win outright||Dogboe||Otake||Draw|
Isaac Dogboe to win by KO/TKO
Taking 19/29 for the champion to end the fight by knockout seems to be the bookmakers prediction of choice, given that Dogboe made quick work of his recent opponents. In winning his featherweight crown four months ago he put Magdaleno away in the 11th round after landing ferocious blows through the entirety of the fight: Magdaleno went down more than once, including a devastating KO in round five.
And prior to his title winning bout, Dogboe administered a similar level of pain to interim featherweight challenger Cesar Juarez. The Mexican hit the canvas in round five. Are we seeing a pattern form here? Betting on a Dogboe KO means lumping on to see a major return, albeit a highly probable scenario.
Isaac Dogboe to win by decision
Shorter odds on the market for Dogboe to end the fight on a points win at 7/5. The return may appear sweeter but taking all factors into account, it’s a false market and punters should bypass it. The Ghanian born fighter, now representing Britain, is carving out a status as a boxer who meets his opponents at the centre of the ring and wears them down punch by punch. In continuing this blueprint against the older, less skilled Otake he is expected not to waste time in finding a weakness and going for the kill.
|Method of victory||Woodley KO/TKO or disqualification||Woodley decision|
Hidenori Otake to win by KO/TKO
There are more enjoyable ways to blow a dollar and betting on Otake to knock out Dogboe isn’t one of them. The odds are long for a reason, and likely to drift in the build-up to this featherweight tile fight. Avoid the 20/1 offer… unless you know something we don’t.
Hidenori Otake to win by decision
This is a strange one from the bookmakers who have placed a hefty 28/1 for the Japanese star to spark out the champ. Like the experts, we can’t see this outcome ringing true, hence the high return.
|Method of victory||Otake KO/TKO||Otake decision|
Fight to go the distance
Going by the markets above, it’s a good call to see a knockdown by the halfway stage of the fight. Predicting the fight not to go the distance requires two dollars to win one back but is short odds for a reason. As we’ve seen so many times, once a champion smells blood the fight is only moments away from a stoppage. And we’re tipping Dogboe to do just that. Another round five KO, anyone?
|Fight to go the distance||Yes||No|
Dogboe vs. Otake: Our Prediction
Otake as only fought outside of Japan once, going the distance against Brit Scott Quigg four years ago. His heyday may be well behind him, but what the Japanese fighter loses in age he makes up for in size; Otake gains at least six inches going into this fight making him a formidable physical challenge for Dogboe.
We think this quote from Royal Storm sums it up nicely: “Sometimes the only way to defend is to attack,” Dogboe said, after beating Juarez victory, then calling out Magdaleno. “The only way to suppress your enemy is to go at him, let him feel that you are stronger than he is and eventually he’s gonna break down.”
Dogboe has hit a rich vein of form, and his warrior-like mentality will surely see him finish the fight in good fashion. We’re predicting for him to win by stoppage.
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