Vasyl Lomachenko is back on April 13 at Staples Center in LA to defend his WBA, WBO lightweight titles against Anthony Crolla. Bookmakers’ Lomachenko vs Crolla predictions favour the champ Lomachenko. Yet his challenger Crolla is a heavy underdog, earning the title shot after two years of climbing back to the top.
After three bouts in New York, the pound-for-pound best Vasyl Lomachenko heads to the West. It will be his first title fight in LA against the WBA mandatory challenger Anthony Crolla. To all online betting sites in the UK, Lomachenko is the massive favourite. However, we predict Lomachenko vs Crolla fight to bring out the best in Crolla. It took Crolla two years to get back to the top, and it will probably be his last title shot if he loses.
Lomachenko unified WBA & WBO in December
Vasyl Lomachenko, 31, unified the WBA and WBO world lightweight titles last December when he outboxed Jose Pedraza at MSG. The Ukrainian champion holds a record of 12 victories, with 9 KOs and one loss. He stepped up to the lightweight on May, knocking out Jorge Linares in one of the best fights of 2018.
Lomachenko is a three-division king and a two-time Olympic gold medalist. He is one of best technical boxers of all time. There is no doubt that he has what it needs to knock Crolla out with 3/200 odds at 22Bet Sportsbook. Lomachenko has already proven himself against Linares who won over Crolla in a back-to-back fight in 2016 and 2017.
Crolla WBA mandatory after defeating Jordan
Anthony Crolla (34-6-3, 13 KOs), became the WBA mandatory by defeating Daud Jordan in November. His title shot comes after two years of losing his belt to Linares. Although the former British champ is more experienced than Lomachenko, he realizes how dangerous this fight will be. He said to CBS Sports:
“Preparing for Lomchenko is hard because he is so unorthodox. He is that good that when he does something wrong he gets away with it. You would not teach some of the things that he does. He is so unique in that respect.”
Internet sportsbook news in the UK noted that Crolla will be fighting on foreign soil for the first time in his 13-year pro career. That adds to the difficulty of winning over Lomachenko with 17/1 odds. However, Lomachenko is not invincible. He was knocked down in the sixth round by Linares, and he received a lot of jabs against Pedraza. Therefore we predict Lomachenko vs Crolla to not be one sided, and Lomachenko may suffer or end up with a (33/1) draw.
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