Betting odds for Naoya Inoue vs Kohei Kono on Friday, December 30th in Tokyo, Japan.
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Naoya Inoue is the (-2000) betting favorite against the underdog Kohei Kono at (+800), according to Bet365 boxing. The total rounds is 7.5 with the over at (-275) odds.
Although Naoya Inoue only has 11 professional fights, he is the WBO super flyweight title holder and considered to be one of the few boxers that can pose a threat to Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez.
On this night, Inoue will be facing another Japanese fighter in Kohei Kono. At 32-9-1, Kono is a veteran of the sport and his career spans all the way back to the year 2000.
The lengthy resume of Koho is quite the contrast to the 11 fights Inoue has on his record. Nonetheless, the bookies have Inoue as the heavy favorite and many pundits are already looking ahead to a showdown between Inoue and Chocolatito.
The reason why Koho is such a large underdog is that he is approaching the end of his career and was considering retirement after his recent loss to Luis Concepcion. And with only 13 of his 32 wins coming by way of knockout, Koho lacks the fight changing power to trouble Inoue.
Inoue has stopped 9 of his 11 opponents thus far. This includes a knockout of Omar Andres Narvaez, who went the distance with Nonito Donaire at bantamweight. Koho has not been finished in his long career and it will be interesting to see if Inoue can be the first stop him.