Saturday night from the StubHub Center in California the W.B.O. featherweight crown will be up for grabs when Gary Russell Jr. faces Vasyl Lomachenko. Gary Russell Jr. vs Vasyl Lomachenko Betting Odds have Lomachenko -185 moneyline with 60% of the expert boxing picks on Lomachenko. The highly decorated amateur Lomachenko (7-1 1 KO) is coming off a UD12 loss to contender Orlando Salido and has boxed a total of 43 professional rounds. Russell Jr. (24-0, 14 KO’s) also was a star amateur and the Showtime Boxing bout will be the biggest fight of his career since signing a $500,000 contract in 2009. Our Expert Boxing Picks panel broke down the sides. Gary Russell Jr. vs Vasyl Lomachenko Betting Odds have Russell +165 at SPORTS BETTING ONLINE
Vasyl Lomachenko – Boxer: The large-framed 5’7″ Ukraine southpaw is a pressure fighter that owns two Gold-Medals. Lomachenko, 26, has much better power than his record indicates with six of his professional bouts fought in the World Series Of Boxing with puffy 12 oz. gloves. The Top Rank promoted fighter is durable, strong, technically sound and offensively gifted with his diverse combination punching. On the downside, Lomachenko is a bit stiff, must be set to punch and can be outboxed. Lomachenko went 396-1 as an amateur but his best accomplishment without head gear is winning The World Series Of Boxing Tournament in 5-round bouts.
Gary Russell Jr – Boxer: The 5’4″ Russell is a physically strong featherweight with electric hand-speed. Russell, 26, is a southpaw slickster with smooth skills but he is aggressive and has great killer instinct once he has his man hurt. Despite having a short 61″ reach the American has an outstanding jab that he uses to set up lightning fast combinations. On the downside, Russell is short, short-armed and relatively untested as a professional. Russell also has hand issues and has been the 10-round distance once but never 12 frames. Gary Russell Jr. vs Vasyl Lomachenko Betting Odds Total is at 9.5 Rounds with Over at -420
Expert Boxing Picks Prediction: Lomachenko was a -600 favorite in his biggest fight against tough brawler Orlando Salido and he was beaten handily. Russell Jr. has been waiting for this fight since he was unable to make weight in the 2012 Olympics. If Russell Jr. hadn’t passed out in his dressing room it would have been the Maryland native on the Gold Medal stand not Lomachenko. Russell is faster, slicker and throws more punches. This will be a good hard fought war but Russell is a “special” talent and it will take a “special” fighter to beat him. Bet the juicy +165 underdog Russell to win a decision in the 116-112 to 115-113 range.
Expert Boxing Picks Play: Gary Russell Jr. +165 moneyline