With seven World title fights in just two days and the presence of #1 ranked fighters Takashi Uchiyama (Super Featherweight) and Naoya Inoue (Super Flyweight) headlining cards, Japan is set to be the center of attention in the boxing world for the New Year's holidays.
Two of the world title fights are already getting attention at the sport books.
On Tuesday December 29th the Ariake Colosseum in Tokyo, Japan sees the IBF World Light Flyweight title on the line as the champion Javier Mendoza is a (-215) favorite over Akira Yaegashi, who returns at (+170).
Mendoza is eight years younger than Yaegashi, who is looking to win a world title in a third weight class here.
Thursday the 31st, New Year's Eve sees the re-match between WBA World Flyweight champion Kazuto Ioka and the man he took the title from, Juan Carlos Reveco of Argentina.
Ioka is favored at (-175) with Reveco, the long-time champion who holds a fine (36-2) record, is returning at (+145). Reveco lost the belt on a majority decision, earning a tie from one judge against Ioka in that first match back in April of 2015.
Though all-world fighters Uchiyama and Inoue are likely to be big favorites at the sport books, check back later this week as the fights approach to see if the lines go up.