Updated on January 22, 2019
Shock waves, unexpected dramas, and epic fights. The WBSS Bantamweight has had all the ingredients to capture the world’s imagination. The success the WBSS achieved at Cruiserweight is about to be repeated at Bantamweight in 2019. According to the online sportsbook news in Sweden, WBA, WBO, and IBF world belts are all on the line.
Four contenders Inoue, Tete, Rodriguez, and Donaire remain in the competition for the Greatest Prize in boxing. After the knockout of the former world champion Juan Carlos Payano, Inoue became the favourite to take home the Muhammad Ali Trophy. However, we predict the WBSS Bantamweight outright winner will be Nonito ‘The Filipino Flash’ Donaire.
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Donaire Forced No. 1 Burnett to Retire
The former multiple division champ Nonito Donaire, 36, holds a record of 38-5, 24 KOs. His next fight will be against the South African WBO titleholder Zolani Tete. Everybody considers Donaire to be the underdog. Therefore, his odds stand at 13 to become the Bantamweight outright winner, according to BetVictor.
Donaire already succeeded in upsetting the odds in the quarter-final when he won at the WBA Super World Bantamweight champion Ryan Burnett. In the first four rounds, Donaire dominated the fight until the Belfast fighter Ryan Burnett had to retire with a back injury. Donaire is the oldest fighter in the tournament, but he believes age is irrelevant, and he can win all the belts.
Rodriguez the Stiffest Competitor to Inoue
The Puerto Rican Emmanuel Rodriguez (19-0, 12 KOs), is currently camping in Cuba. He is training there away from home, family and friends to be 100 per cent focus on his next fight. He will fight against the Japanese ‘Monster’ Naoya Inoue. It will be a very tough fight, but many see Rodriguez as Inoue’s stiffest competitor.
Rodriguez was able to retain his IBF world title against Jason Moloney in the quarterfinal. However, he suffered a lot during the 12 rounds before winning by a split decision. It is hard to predict the WBSS Bantamweight winner to be Rodriguez, but his odds value at 8.
Tete Holds a Record of the Quickest Title Fight
Zolani Tete (28-3, 21 KOs), holds the WBO Bantamweight World title. He is also the former IBF Junior Bantamweight Champion. He holds the record for the quickest ever world title-fight, having destroyed Siboniso Gonya in just 11 seconds. Tete, 31, is now on a 13-fight winning streak, with latest fight he won against Russia’s Mikhail Aloyan. Tete stands at 7 to win the Ali Trophy, if he gets through Donaire in the semi-final.
Inoue Resembles Pacquiao in His Prime
Naoya Inoue is simply known as ‘Monster’. He is already a three-weight world champion at the age of 25. He became the favourite (1.286) at online sportsbook promotions sites in Sweden to win the tournament after he knocked out Juan Carlos Payano in the opening round. Inoue is well known for his lightning quick hands and concussive punching power. If you were a big fan of Manny Pacquiao in his prime, you will love the little Japanese sensation.
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