The second season of the World Boxing Super Series is underway. Eight of the world’s best Bantamweight boxers will compete to be crowned the WBSS Bantamweight Champion and win $10,000,000. Is there value in the World Boxing Super Series Bantamweight outright odds? Read on for some expert insight to inform your World Boxing Super Series Bantamweight predictions.
What is the World Boxing Super Series?
After a successful first series at Cruiserweight and
The tournament will feature eight fighters competing in an annual knockout competition with the champion taking the Muhammad Ali Trophy. The competition format of the WBSS is unique in boxing (the first of its kinds since the last
The simple knockout format using a seeding system with the top four seeded boxers selecting their opponent for the quarter-final (first seed gets first
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Bantamweight quarter-final draw:
Ryan Burnett (19-0, 9 KOs) vs. Nonito Donaire (38-5, 24 KOs)
Naoya Inoue (16-0, 14 KOs) vs. Juan Carlos Payano (20-1, 9 KOs)
Zolani Tete (27-3, 21 KOs) vs. Mikhail Aloyan (4-0, 0 KOs)
Emmanuel Rodriguez (18-0, 12 KOs) vs. Jason Moloney (17-0, 14 KOs)
Bantamweight quarter-final draw:
World Boxing Super Series 2 betting: Who are the contenders?
Ryan Burnett – No. 1 seed
Record: 19-0, 9 KOs
Notable wins: Lee Haskins (UD12), Zhanat Zhakiyanov (UD12)
From: Belfast, Northern Ireland
Belts: WBA Super World Bantamweight Champion
WBSS outright odds: 6.550*
Burnett is a former unified WBA and IBF Bantamweight World Champion and will come into the tournament as the number one seed. The Belfast fighter is an exciting talent and at 26, will be heading into the WBSS as a fighter in his prime.
Burnett became the first ever Irish fighter to unify a division on home soil when he outpointed Zhanat Zhakiyanov back in 2017 and if the Adam Booth trained fighter can box to a plan against the top tier of the tournament he could find himself in the mix at the business end.
Burnett, somewhat surprisingly has picked former multi-weight world champion Nonito Donaire after being granted
Naoya Inoue – No. 2 seed
Record: 16-0, 14 KOs
From: Kanagawa, Japan
Belts: WBA Regular World Bantamweight Champion
WBSS outright odds: 1.613*
Simply known as ‘Monster’, Inoue is a precocious talent. Already a three weight world champion at 25, the Japanese sensation is well-known for his lightning quick hands and concussive punching power.
Coming into the tournament off the back of blasting out the world-rated Jamie McDonnell inside a round, Inoue will start the tournament as
Inoue will be out to demonstrate his natural talents, and there’s some commendable opposition for the 25-year-old to compete with which could see WBA world title holder become an international superstar.
Zolani Tete – No. 3 seed
Record: 27-3, 21 KOs
Notable wins: Paul Butler (TKO8), Artur Villanueva (UD12), Omar Narvaez (UD12)
From: Eastern Cape, South Africa
Belts: WBO Bantamweight World Champion
WBSS outright odds: 7.050*
A potential surprise package, Zolani Tete is a very good fighter. The South African, who is based in the UK is the current WBO Bantamweight Champion and the former IBF Junior Bantamweight Champion.
Tete has real
Tete holds the record for the quickest ever world title fight, having destroyed Siboniso Gonya in just 11 seconds, and the 30-year-old is now on a 12-fight winning streak and is one to keep a close eye on. With a favourable quarter-final draw against Mikhail Aloyan bettors should expect Tete to be a major player once the tournament kicks-off in September.
Emmanuel Rodriguez – No. 4 seed
Record: 18-0, 12 KOs
Notable wins: Paul Butler (UD12)
From: Manati, Puerto Rico
Belts: IBF Bantamweight World Champion
WBSS outright odds: 6.040*
Emmanuel Rodriguez possesses excellent boxing skills and can fight at a
Rodriguez, like others in the
Record: 38-5, 24 KOs
Belts: Former four-weight world champion
Style: Measured counter-puncher
WBSS outright odds: 34.240*
"The Filipino Flash" Nonito Donaire will be moving down two weight divisions to bantamweight, a division he once ruled but has not fought in since 2011.
At 35, Donaire believes that dropping down two divisions won’t be
But dropping down from featherweight to bantamweight is not easy at the peak of your career let alone at 35, and it seems that the former four-weight world champion is taking one last throw of the dice in what has been an outstanding career.
Record: 17-0, 14 KOs
Notable wins: Kohei Kono (RTD6)
From: Victoria, Australia
Belts: IBF Mandatory Challenger
Style: Boxer Puncher
WBSS outright odds: 51.370*
Jason Moloney is a good
The Australian boxer-puncher holds a sound defence with respectable power and recently secured a win against former World Champion Kohei Kono, demonstrating that he can perform at world level. The problem for Moloney sits with the quality within the tournament and there is little evidence based on his career so far to have confidence in the Aussie against the
With a tough quarter-final draw against Emmanuel
Juan Carlos Payano
Record: 20-1, 9 KOs
From: La Vega, Dominican Republic
Belts: Former WBA Super World Bantamweight Champion
WBSS outright odds: 51.370*
Payano enters the tournament off the back of three straight wins since being outpointed and losing his world title to world rated American Rau'shee Warren in 2016.
Nicknamed “Baby Pacquiao”, Payano is a skilled fighter ensuring an exciting aggressive style irrespective of who he fights, but the 34-year-old from the Dominican Republic will likely be no match for the ever-improving Naoya Inoue in his quarter-final fight.
Record: 4-0, 0 KOs
From: Bambakashat, Armenia
Notable wins: Alexander Espinoza (SD 12)
Belts: International WBA Bantamweight Champion
WBSS outright odds: 29.210*
Two of Aloyan’s four pro victories have been split decisions, and he was pushed all the way by limited Nicaraguan Alexander Espinoza which demonstrates the current level the Olympic silver medalist is operating at.
It seems the chance to go head first into the firing line of elite competition and earn some prize money was too much for Aloyan and his team to turn down, but with just 4 Pro fights under his belt it is hard to see Armenian born fighter being competitive beyond the quarter-final stages.
World Boxing Super Series Bantamweight odds: Where is the value?
Naoya Inoue is the
The Japanese sensation has become a household name in his native Japan and now will have the chance to showcase his
From what we've seen in Inoue’s career so far, he already looks unrelenting, overpowering and at times, unstoppable. If the number two seed can come out on top in the World Boxing Super Series and win it well he may well elevate himself to the top end of the pound-for-pound list.
None of the mouthwatering fights will occur in the quarter-finals but they'll come soon enough. The seeded fighters should all advance with Ryan Burnett potentially facing the trickiest assignment on paper if Donaire is strong at the weight.
Bantamweight is potentially entering a golden era of fighters and being able to have the opportunity to vie for supremacy at 118 pounds on a global stage should providing unmissable viewing.
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