Tonight's HBO co-feature for the vacant WBO super bantamweight title pits Nonito Donaire (27-1, 18 KO) of the Philippines against the former titleholder Wilfredo Vazquez Jr (21-1-1, 18 KO) of Puerto Rico. Despite this being the talented Donaire's first fight at 122 pounds, he's a significant favorite on the sportsbooks:
These are huge odds for a fight between two guys as good as this, which speaks to two different things:
- How good Nonito Donaire is, and;
- How much more hype he's received.
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The Bovada line seems the most reasonable in terms of talent levels to me, but betting lines are just about maximizing house profit, and aren't always true reflections of a fight. The Bovada line here is pretty much the same line that Amir Khan had in his favor against Lamont Peterson in December, and Peterson won that fight. It's not far off from the lines Vazquez himself had against Jorge Arce last year and Vazquez lost that fight.
Just in case anyone's wondering, 5Dimes has Vanes Martirosyan at -7500 for his lame fight with Troy Lowry (+2500) on the off-TV undercard.