Christmas arrives a few weeks early this year for sports bettors when Vasyl Lomachenko and Guillermo Rigondeaux square off at Madison Square Garden on December 9. If you’re looking to earn some extra income to spend on holiday gifts, you will want to take advantage of my four best bets for this particular battle. As I always express at the Ultimate Bettor’s Guide, it’s about value and there is a lot to go around on Saturday night. At +333 (wager $100 to make $333) in accordance with the boxing specialists at Sportsbookreview.com, all of the value in this fight is pointing toward Guillermo Rigondeaux.
Just when you thought 2017 could not get any better in the world of boxing, render it to Top Rank and ESPN to shut the year out with a few of the greatest matchups boxing fans could have hoped . If Mayweather vs. McGregor and Canelo vs. GGG weren’t strong enough to maintain boxing in the mainstream sense, this is certainly a battle enthusiast’s battle. Credit everyone involved with making this a reality.
This Saturday could be the stage for Lomachenko to leapfrog Terence Crawford and GGG to claim boxing’s pound for pound top place. On the other hand, the undefeated 37-year older Rigondeaux may play spoiler en route to claiming that title for himself.
Before getting down to brass tacks regarding the way you are going to earn money on Saturday night, here are my two pennies. The parallels between both of these fighters are very similar. Both successive gold medals in the Olympic games. Both winning world titles extremely early in their careers and a lot of experience being in the spotlight. They fight in the southpaw stance, while Lomachencko includes a two-inch height advantage, Rigondeaux includes a two and a half inch reach advantage. With everything considered, I can not imagine what criteria the oddsmakers are utilizing for Lomachenko to be a -450 favorite (bet $450 to make $100) in most sportsbooks, however I can tell you this, I am not complaining.
Why the Oddsmakers got it wrong
Lomachenko is not a spring chicken. At 30 years old and nearly 400 amateur fights, Lomachenko’s 9-1 specialist record is deceiving. As good as he is, and he’s extremely great, he can have some mileage . I also feel that although he has fought some world-class talent, he hasn’t fought anyone in the level of Rigondeaux. If anything, I will see Rigondeaux moving up in weight as a benefit for its Cuban defector. Rigondeaux’s boxing IQ and big fight experience will serve him well in the underdog role. I am convinced he’s spent plenty of time watching the Salido struggle, in which Salido provided adversity and frustration for Lomachenko. Expect the same.
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