Lomachenko vs Pedraza
Lomachenko is making just his second appearance in the ring this year after taking the WBA title away from Jorge Linares in May. Lomachenko has established himself as one of the very best fighters in the world. It’s been four years and eight fights since an opponent has gone the distance with him.
Who : LOMACHENKO vs PEDRAZA
Date and Time: December 8, 9 pm ET
Stream: WatchESPN App
Pedraza is fighting for the fourth time in 2018. He’s coming off a unanimous-decision victory over Ray Beltran in August. The victory captured the WBO title for Pedraza. It was the second world title Pedraza has held as he is also the former IBF Super Featherweight champion. If he is able to defeat Lomachenko on Saturday, Pedraza would become a surprise candidate for Fighter of the Year. He would have won two world titles and knocked off one of the sport’s best in one calendar year.
Unfortunately for Pedraza, oddsmakers give him almost no chance to upset Lomachenko. Per OddsShark, Lomachenko is a staggering minus-2500 favorite and Pedraza is a plus-1300 underdog.
To put it plainly, Pedraza isn’t on Lomachenko’s level. The Ukrainian outclasses Pedraza in every aspect of the sport. He’s quicker, his footwork is superior, his defense is tighter and he has more power. When a fighter is that overmatched, it’s hard to find a way they can win, and it leads to lopsided odds like the one we have for this fight.
Vasiliy Lomachenko will defend his WBA “super world” lightweight title for the first time on December 8, when he faces Jose Pedarza for the title on December 8 at the Hulu Theater in New York, according to RingTV.com.
Lomachenko (11-1, 9 KO) will be defending the title he won on May 12 from Jorge Linares, after undergoing surgery to repair a torn labrum. Pedraza (25-1, 12 KO) is perhaps a tougher test than Ray Beltran would have been, but will still be a sizable underdog.
Pedraza beat Beltran on August 25 to set up the date with Lomachenko, resulting in an all-Top Rank card, which works out well for the promoter and for TV network ESPN, which will televise the fight. Either way that August fight went, ESPN was in business with Top Rank.
Lomachenko, 30, is considered perhaps the best pound-for-pound fighter in the sport, and no worse than one of the top few. Pedraza, 29, is a legitimate contender to his 135-pound throne, the WBO champion and a real opponent.