Vasyl Lomachenko vs Jose Pedraza Odds have Lomachencko -3700 moneyline favorite with 60% of boxing predictions on Pedraza at +2600. The 30-year old Ukrainian Lomachencko, 11-1, 9 KO’s, is ESPN2 News #1 pound for pound fighter but was a little less of his “Hi Tech” moniker in an 87 unleaded performance against #1 contender Jorge Linares. The 29-year old Pedraza, 25-1, 12 KO’s, pulled of an upset as 2-1 underdog against Ray Beltran in his last bout to capture the W.B.A. and W.B.O. belts. Can the classy boxer Pedraza give the pound-4-pound king a test? ESPN2 News gives out our fight picks. Vasyl Lomachenko vs Jose Pedraza Odds have Pedraza as +2600 underdog (Bet $100 to win $2700)
Vasyl Lomachencko -Boxer
Strengths: Lightning speed. Throws an avalanche of punches. Tremendous stamina due to his complete relaxation in the ring. Best footwork in boxing. Air-tight defense 10-rating. Vastly experienced. Ring general that is in position at all times. Uses southpaw advantages to a tee. Has every punch in the book and mixes them up perfectly. Excellent chin. Hard puncher with either hand but not one-punch KO type. More 5′
Weaknesses: Can be beaten in close quarters. Not physically imposing. Still learning dirty pro fighter tricks. Only 11 pro bouts.
Jose Pedraza – Boxer
Strengths: Cerebral boxer that thinks on his toes very sharp. Can box equally well as both a southpaw or right-hander. Shifty and awkward defense makes him a difficult target. Tough and gritty. Good chin and big heart. Hard body puncher with accurate digs downstairs. Stiff puncher with both hands but not devastating.
Weaknesses: Ordinary athlete. Hand-speed is only slightly above average. Fast twitch fighters at the elite level usually have their way. Thin framed. Bodyshots seem to have an affect.
ESPN2 News Fight Picks: Vasyl Lomachenck via KO