Masayuki Ito vs Hironori Mishiro Preview Dec. 26th
Former WBO Jr. Lightweight Champion Masayuki Ito of Japan will be taking on fellow countryman Hironori Mishiro in a 10-round lightweight tilt this Saturday, Dec. 26th. Ito lost his belt in a disappointing unanimous decision performance in May, 2019 against Jamel Herring and then bounced back with a sixth-round TKO over Ruben Manakane four months later. The unbeaten Mishiro last saw action last December when he took a 12-round split decision over Yoshimitsu Kimura to retain his OPBF Jr. Lightweight Title.
Ito vs Mishiro Betting Odds
- Hironori Mishiro +200
- Masayuki Ito -260
Ito is a 29-year-old who hails from Tokyo. He won the vacant WBO title with a unanimous decision over Christopher Diaz in July, 2018 and then defended it against Evgeny Chuprakov five months later when he stopped him in the seventh round. He enters the bout with a mark of 26-2-1 with 14 Ko’s. He turned pro in 2009 as a teenager and has boxed 195 rounds since. Ito stands just over 5-feet-8-inches tall with a reach of 68 inches.
Ito’s lone draw was a four-round affair with Tsuyoshi Tameda in 2011 with his only other defeat coming at the hands of Rikki Naito by 10-round majority decision for the Japanese Super Featherweight Title in 2015. Since turning pro he’s also won the vacant WBC World Youth Lightweight Crown as well as the vacant OPBF, and WBO Asia Pacific Super Featherweight Belts. He’s not really a big hitter with a current knockout ratio of 48.3 per cent.
The 26-year-old Mishiro enters the ring with a near-perfect record of 9-0-1 with 3 Ko’s. He’s boxed 80 rounds since making his pro debut in 2017 after going 41-16 as an amateur. He stands just over five-feet-9-inches tall with an unlisted reach so is an inch taller than Ito. The lone blemish on his record is a 12-round split draw against Masaru Sueyoshi in March, 2019 for the Japanese and OPBF Junior Lightweight Titles.
Mishiro is a well-rounded and fluid boxer with great footwork and a fine jab. However, he lacks power power as his a current knockout ratio is just 30 per cent and he’s stopped just one opponent in his last seven bouts. He won the OPBF Title in his sixth pro outing via a 12-round split decision over Carlo Magali and has successfully defended it four times now.
This is another good matchup between two fine Japanese boxers. I’m leaning towards Ito since he has more experience against tougher opponents. However, he’ll need to improve quite a bit on his lacklustre performance against Herring last year.
I’ll go with Ito’s experience here.
Play: Ito -260 @ BetOnline.ag
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