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Inoue vs Ancajas Deep Dive: Boxing Odds and Betting Preview

Takuma Inoue will face Jerwin “Pretty Boy” Ancajas for the WBA (Regular) bantamweight championship in a 12-round contest at the Ryogoku Kokugikan National Sumo Arena in Tokyo, Japan on Saturday, February 24.

Following a quiet front of the boxing schedule this past weekend, we return for an exciting night of fights, and it’s the brother of Naoya Inoue – Japan’s superstar –, Takuma Inoue, who’ll take one of the center stages in an attempt to showcase his dominance versus an experienced Filipino slugger in Jerwin Ancajas, and I’m here to assist your betting on boxing needs for this highly contested bantamweight bout.

Inoue vs Ancajas Deep Dive: Boxing Odds and Betting Preview
Inoue vs Ancajas Deep Dive: Boxing Odds and Betting Preview

 

Inoue vs Ancajas Event Information

1. Date & Time: Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024 – 05:00 a.m. ET
2. Location: Tokyo, Japan
3. Promotion: Teiken Promotions/Top Rank
4. Scheduled Bouts: 4
5. How to Watch: Box Live
6.Main Event Bout: Alejandro Santiago vs Junto Nakatani
7. Moneyline Probability: Inoue – 69.7% (-230) Ancajas – 34.5% (+190)

 

Inoue vs Ancajas Betting Odds


 

Inoue vs Ancajas: Fighter Previews

Takuma Inoue

Inoue, the younger sibling of the highly skilled and formidable Naoya, won the vacant WBA title in April by defeating veteran Liborio Solis in a 12-round unanimous decision. This weekend’s championship defense against Ancajas was initially set for November but was delayed due to Inoue sustaining a cracked rib during sparring.

Despite harboring the most recognized surname in Japanese combat sports, Nakuma is the polar opposite regarding ring generalship. So, bettors, be warned, don’t rush to the KO prop market as you would with bets on boxing fights for Naoya because the younger brother is the slick technician who often point-fights his way to victory.

 

Jerwin “Pretty Boy” Ancajas

Ancajas, a representative of the Philippines, is a previous IBF super flyweight champion who successfully defended his title nine times, as experience is something that he isn’t short of with a 14-year pro career to date.

The skilled left-handed bomber had a setback with consecutive losses to Fernando Martinez but remains very ambitious and aims to be a two-weight world champion. Considering he’s collected 23 KOs thus far, it’s easy to see why our sportsbook hasn’t gone too crazy on the underdog pricing this weekend.

 

 

Inoue vs Ancajas: The Tale of the Tape

Inoue
Ancajas
Japan
Country
Philippines
28
Age
32
18-1-0
Pro Record
34-3-2
4
KOs
23
5’4”
Height
5’6”
64.0”
Reach
66.0”
W/W/W/W/W
Win/Loss (Last 5)
W/L/L/W/W
WBA (Regular) Bantamweight
Championship Titles
-
Orthodox
Stance
Southpaw
322 days
Inactivity
245 days
10 years
Pro
14 years

 

Inoue vs Ancajas: Main Event Breakdown and Analysis

Ancajas, at 32, has a significant experience edge. He has participated in 12 world championship bouts, whereas Inoue has only been in two, facing far tougher opposition. He is a skilled left-handed fighter who strategically utilizes his posture, similar to Oubaali, the boxer who inflicted Inoue’s only career loss.

Skill-for-skill, it’s hard to discredit the overall technical ability siding with Inoue. In addition, he’ll have the home crowd in support, as well as youth, speed, and momentum on his side. However, Ancajas’ power, experience, and the current odds of +190 feel too wide for my liking.

We’ve already witnessed Inoue struggle with southpaws, and Ancajas will present a knockout threat, unlike any fighter that the Japanese up-and-comer has faced so far.

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The Best Betting Pick: Ancajas Moneyline (+190)

Stylistically, Ancajas possesses the tools to upset the home crowd and cost Inoue in his first title defense. He won’t have to worry about power whatsoever and don’t be surprised when the Filipino slugger isn’t afraid to walk straight through the gentle hands of Inoue to land the most damaging shots of the bout.

Furthermore, Ancajas is dropping down a weight class, and we should only expect the devastating power he delivered at 122 pounds to transition effortlessly when dropping to the division below.

Arcajas is the best boxing pick for Feb. 24.

1. Inoue lacks championship experience, with only 19 pro contests
2. Ancajas is moving down in weight with 24 knockouts on his record

WBA Bantamweight Title Co-Main Event: The Crystal Ball Predictions

In this orthodox v Southpaw matchup, a quick rub of my crystal ball reveals that the visiting Filipino, boasting a lot of power in a lower weight class, will utilize his experience and force shock the Japanese crowd and deliver a punishing KO-blow in the ninth round.

Potential Bets from Ancajas Round 9 KO:

 

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