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Best bets for Vasiliy Lomachenko vs. Anthony Crolla

Unified lightweight champion Vasiliy Lomachenko, left, is a huge favorite to defeat Anthony Crolla on Friday. Mikey Williams/Top Rank

Vasiliy "Hi-Tech" Lomachenko (12-1 9 KOs), of Ukraine, the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world, puts his unified lightweight championship on the line against former titleholder "Million Dollar" Anthony Crolla (34-6-3 13 KOs), of England, on Friday at Staples Center in Los Angeles (ESPN+, 11 p.m. ET).

Here's a look at where the money is going from Vegas bookmakers, opinions from boxing experts, boxers and trainers, and my prediction for the fight.


Where is the money going?

Jeff Sherman, Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook's VP of risk management, opened the fight with Lomachenko -8000 and Crolla +1800.

"We have not written any action on this fight thus far," Sherman said.

Sherman opened the fight total at 9.5 rounds, under -260 and over +210. With such a big favorite in Lomachenko, the SuperBook should see action on the underdog and the total come fight time.

At William Hill US, senior trader Adam Pullen opened the fight with Lomachenko -7000 and Crolla +2000.

"We have some small action on the 'dog Crolla thus far but not too much action," Pullen said.

Pullen opened the total at 9.5 under -260 and over +220 and has seen decent action on the under but is expecting more 'dog action come fight time.


Experts weigh in

  • Abraham Gonzalez (boxing sharp): Lomachenko is going to do what he does to most fighters, which is use his speed and angles to frustrate them. Look for the volume of punches to overwhelm Crolla around the ninth round, leading to a stoppage. Lomachenko by ninth-round TKO.