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Anthony Crolla vs Vasyl Lomachenko Odds & Prediction

John Dillon

by John Dillon in Boxing

Apr 10, 2019 · 10:39 AM PDT

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Anthony Crolla is a massive underdog in his latest fight. Photo by @Boxing_NewsNow (Twitter)
  • Vasyl Lomachenko is a massive favorite in his bout with Anthony Crolla
  • Crolla wants to “shock the planet” by pulling off a huge upset
  • Lomachenko has already won world titles at three weights in just 13 fights

Boxing’s next superstar-in-waiting, Vasyl Lomachenko, has another opportunity to parade his extraordinary talents when he defends his world lightweight titles against Anthony Crolla at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, April 12th.

Ukraine’s Lomachenko is already regarded by many as the world’s best pound-for-pound fighter and is a huge favourite at -10,000 odds.

Anthony Crolla vs Vasyl Lomachenko Odds

Fighter Odds
Vasyl Lomachenko -10000
Anthony Croll +1600

*Odds taken 04/10/19

That means a calculated decision to bet big to scoop a small pay-out. Or taking a huge chance on a very unlikely upset straight from the files of boxing romance. Britain’s Crolla is priced at +1600. The first option would be by far the smarter one.

Even Crolla, a major hero in his hometown of Manchester and a former world champion, admits he will “shock the planet,” if he wins.

Crolla vs Lomachenko Tale of the Tape

34 Wins 12
6 Losses 1
3 Draws 0
5’8″ Height 5’7″
67″ Reach 65″
30% KOs 69%

Lomachenko Has Devastating Hand Speed, Accuracy and Timing

Lomachenko, 31, has had only 13 professional fights but has already won world titles at three weights.

He offers a devastating package of stylish southpaw  abilities including fabulous hand speed, supreme athleticism, and searing accuracy and timing. It makes him one of the most attractive performers in the sport.

He is rated the best operator across all weights by ESPN. And this after he was a double Olympic gold medalist in 2008 and 2012.

WBA, WBO, and Ring magazine Lightweight Belts Are Up for Grabs

In total, Lomachenko won 396 amateur bouts and lost only once.

His WBA (Super) and WBO belts will be on the line along with The Ring magazine’s prize. It will be his second defense of the WBA championship and the first of the WBO’s at the 132 lb. limit.

Lomachenko won 396 amateur bouts and lost only once.

He claimed his first world title in only his third fight. That was when he won the vacant WBO featherweight belt by defeating Gary Russell junior on a split decision in March, 2014 in California.

His second came after only seven contests. He became the quickest boxer in history to win world titles at two weights by taking the WBO super-featherweight belt with a fifth round knockout of Rocky Martinez at Madison Square Garden.

One Blemish on Lomachenko’s Record

There is one blemish on his 13-fight professional record. In his second outing he lost a split decision against the veteran Mexican Orlando Salido.

Lomachenko lost a controversial split decision against Orlando Salido in his second outing.

However, there was controversy over the scoring and a claim by some observers that Salido had landed a number of low blows. Lomachenko accepted the decision. He said the defeat was a valuable learning experience.

Crolla, aged 32, is more experienced with a record of 34 wins, six defeats and three draws. Yet he has been criticized simply for agreeing to take the date against Lomachenko.

Most analysts believe he will be a long way out of his depth after stepping in as a late replacement for the Ukrainian’s originally scheduled opponent, the injured IBF lightweight champion Richard Commey.

“Million Dollar” Crolla is renowned in England for his involvement in an extraordinary incident in which he suffered a fractured skull while tackling burglars who had raided a neighbor’s house in January 2015.

Crolla Won World Title on 2nd Attempt

He recovered to challenge for a world title only six months later. But he was denied the WBA lightweight belt following a controversial draw against champion Darlys Perez of Colombia in Manchester.

At the second attempt the following November, he became a world champion by stopping Perez in the fifth round, again in Manchester.

He made one successful defense against Ismael Barossa in Manchester in May 2016. He won via a seventh round stoppage of the Venezuelan.

Crolla Lost Belt in 2nd Defense Against Linares

Crolla lost the title in his second defense when he suffered a points defeat against Jorge Linares, once more at The Manchester Arena in September 2016.

The Englishman was then beaten in his hometown by a wider points margin in a re-match against Linares the following March.

On the comeback trail, he has won three successive times. He has beaten Ricky Burns, Edson Ramirez and Duad Yordan – all by unanimous decision.

However, it is widely accepted that none of these fights offered anything like the challenge he will face against Lomachenko.

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