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Lomachenko the Favorite in Bout at MSG

Lomachenko the Favorite in Bout at MSG - Bovada Sportsbook

A pair of Olympic champions will battle in the squared circle on Saturday night when Vasyl Lomachenko puts his WBO super featherweight title on the line against Guillermo Rigondeaux as a heavy -380 favorite on the betting lines.

Gold medal wins at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and 2012 London Olympics top Lomachenko’s impressive amateur record, which also includes World Championship victories in 2009 and 2011, earning “The Matrix” a reputation as the best active super featherweight fighter in the world.

The 29-year-old Ukrainian has carried his success as an amateur into a dominant pro career, winning eight straight fights to lift his professional boxing record to 9-1 going into Saturday night’s bout at The Theatre at Madison Square Garden.

Lomachenko has entered the ring on two previous occasions this year, ending American Jason Sosa’s night after seven rounds as a massive -2500 favorite on April 8, and following up with a ninth-round victory over Colombia’s Miguel Marriaga as a -3500 bet on August 5.

With those wins, Lomachenko has now claimed victory inside the distance in six straight contests, including an impressive fifth-round knockout of Roman Martinez as -5000 chalk to ascend to the WBO super featherweight championship at MSG eighteen months ago.

 

Underdog  Rigondeaux Has Unbeaten Mark

Unbeaten in 18 professional fights, Rigondeaux enters Saturday night’s title matchup as a lengthy +290 underdog. The 37-year-old is 17-0 in his pro boxing career, with the only blemish on his record coming in his last fight, a first-round KO of Mexico’s Moises Flores as -650 chalk in mid-June which was declared a no-contest due to an incorrect call by the referee.

Rigondeaux has finished opponents in each of his past four 12-round fights, including a second-round victory by corner stoppage over Britain’s James Dickens as a -5000 favorite in July 2016, and has seen eight of his career contests last fewer than three rounds.

However, four of Rigondeaux’s defenses of his WBA (Super), WBO, The Ring, or lineal super bantamweight titles have gone the distance, with the champion getting the nod with a unanimous decision in each of those tilts.

Like Lomachenko, the Cuban veteran also enjoyed a prolific career as an amateur boxer, topping the podium as a bantamweight at the 2000 and 2004 Olympics. Rigondeaux also won gold at the 2001 and 2005 World Championships to go along with a gold medal at the 2003 Pan American Games and three Boxing World Cup championships.

 

*Odds as of December 5, 2017

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