Vasyl Lomachenko will be defending his WBO super-featherweight title against Guillermo Rigondeaux in a dream bout for boxing purists. Take a look at the early betting odds along with our analysis of the December 9th, 2017 fight.
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Betting odds at Bovada have Vasyl Lomachenko as the (-450) favorite with Rigondeaux as the (+350) underdog.
At a quick glance, many boxing fans may wonder why Lomachenko is such a big favorite in a fight that many would think could go either way. After all, they are both highly skilled technicians, they both have a top notch amateur pedigree, and they are both southpaws.
So, why is Lomachenko such a clear betting favorite? One important factor is that Rigondeaux will be stepping up two weight classes for this fight, which the Oddsmakers have surely factored into their betting line.
This is definitely a concern for Rigondeaux bettors because he has been knocked down before at super-bantamweight by much lesser fighters than Lomachenko. For example, he was legitimately knocked down and stunned by Hisashi Amagasa back in 2014.
On the other hand, Lomachenko has never been knocked down in his professional career (although he admits to one knockdown in the amateurs) and has shown to be extremely durable, because we have never seen him really hurt, despite brutal assaults from power punchers like Orlando Salido.