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Weekly Boxing Parlay: Japanese Favorites Provide Betting Value

Kenshiro Teraji recently defeated Carlos Cañizales, and now, Top Rank arrives for a world title tripleheader at the Kokugikan Arena in Tokyo on Saturday, February 24, to further highlight the Asian country’s rise in the sport of boxing.

Junto Nakatani and Kosei Tanaka are two highly touted Japanese standouts who will participate in WBC and WBO championship bouts this weekend, and they’ve equally sparked our parlay betting interests.

Weekly Boxing Parlay: Japanese Favorites Provide Betting Value
Weekly Boxing Parlay: Japanese Favorites Provide Betting Value

With three highly anticipated title bouts lined up for this weekend, it’s only right that I deliver to you the perfect parlay boxing fight predictions for the Santiago vs. Nakatani event. Continue reading to find the latest edition of the ‘Weekly Parlay with a Punch,’ alongside the most noteworthy odds available for my boxing bets online involving the Feb.24 event in The Land of the Rising Sun.


Beterbiev vs Smith Event Information

  1. Date & Time: Saturday, Feb. 24, 2023 – 04:00 p.m. ET
  2. Location: Kokugikan, Japan
  3. Promotion: Teiken/Top Rank
  4. Scheduled Bouts: 5
  5. Live Stream: Box Live
  6. Main Event Bout: Alejandro Santiago vs. Junto Nakatani
  7. Co-Main Event Bout: Takuma Inoue vs Jerwin Ancajas


Santiago vs Nakatani Betting Preview

As a professional boxer, Nakatani has a 26-0 record, with 20 victories coming by knockout, and he is just 26 years old. He aims to become the third division champion this weekend by adding to his flyweight and junior middleweight championships.



The professional boxing record of the Mexican Santiago is 28-3-5, with 14 victories coming by knockout. At 28 years old, he’s never been stopped inside the distance and has a 50% knockout rate. This weekend marks the 217th round that Santiago has completed since the amateurs, notably debuting professionally in 2012 while still a teenager.

Boxing Parlay Pick Leg 1: Santiago, Nakatani Over 10 ½ Rounds (-150)

Skill-for-skill, it’s difficult to discredit Nakatani in holding the advantage. Unfortunately, his expected dominance is reflected in our sportsbook odds, as the betting line has now drifted to -1100, thus making it almost impossible to find value.

However, beyond the technical abilities both men bring to the ring, we must commend the durability displayed during their respective careers.

Nakatani is undefeated at 26-0 and has never been put in a compromised knockdown situation, while his Mexican opponent, despite having three losses, has never been stopped via KO/TKO.

When Saturday rolls around, Santiago, a tough boy who has never been stopped, will be prepared to take some serious shots, and although I expect him to falter, I do believe his chin has a great chance of holding up across the scheduled twelve rounds.



  1. Nakatini is undefeated
  2. Santiago has never suffered a KO/TKO loss
  3. Santiago has gone the distance in 4 of his previous 5 bouts


Santiago vs Nakatani Betting Odds

Rangel vs Tanaka Betting Preview

At only 28 years old, Tanaka is just starting to hit his peak. He is back in the thick of things, battling for the same belt he lost to the legendary Kazuto Ioka in 2020. You won’t find many warriors who grind their way back to this position, but Tanaka is the outlier, and we cannot ignore his current form and confidence.

Rangel is a large, powerful, and very resilient Mexican club fighter. From what I can tell from viewing the footage of him, he displayed remarkable tenacity and bravery in the face of several formidable Mexican opponents during a legendary club scene tenure.

However, regarding big-fight experience and a high level of opposition, he’s incomparable to Tanaka, who’ll undoubtedly be the biggest step up of his career and a formidable challenge from the opening bell. Make sure to include him in your boxing bets this weekend.

Boxing Parlay Pick Leg 2: Tanaka (-800)

I’m so tempted to hit the Tanaka KO/TKO prop, but I want to give our parlay the most probable chance of cashing, so I suggest we stick with the juiced moneyline. The aforementioned prop is sitting at +150, though, and I wouldn’t be opposed to playing this as a single wager because I haven’t seen anything from Rangel that could threaten or prevent Tanaka’s dominance.

Tanaka’s agility, quick hand movements, and strategic fighting intelligence will overwhelm a 26-year-old opponent without the extensive world-class experience of the Japanese three-division champion.

There’s no need to overthink this one; of all the boxing matches today, I’m most confident that Tanaka will have his hand raised, whether by KO/TKO or decision, and history will be made as he lifts a championship in a fourth weight class.



  1. Tanaka has lost just 1 of his 20 pro boxing bouts
  2. Rangel hasn’t fought outside of the Mexican boxing scene
  3. Rangel severely lacks championship-level experience


 Rangel vs Tanaka Betting Odds

Santiago vs Nakatani 2: Leg Boxing Parlay

1. Santiago/Nakatani – Over 10 ½ Rounds [-150]

2. Tanaka Moneyline [-800]

  • Las Vegas Odds: -112
  • Return: $112 to win $100
  • Total Return: $212

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