Vasyl Lomachenko vs. Nicholas Walters Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 11/26/16
Walters vs. Lomachenko
Boxing: Saturday, November 26, 2016 (Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas)
The Line: Lomachenko -550 / Walters +425 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Vasyl Lomachenko and Nicholas Walters fight Saturday night at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas for the WBO World super featherweight title on HBO.
Vasyl Lomachenko enters this fight with a 6-1 record that includes four knockouts. Lomachenko has won five straight fights and is coming off a June win over Roman Martinez. Lomachenko is still inexperienced on the pro level but has wasted no time proving himself on this stage with three straight knockouts and his competition level has increased dramatically. Lomachenko is the total package at 28 years old, as he has a high boxing IQ to go along with quality defense. Offensively, Lomachenko has very quick hands, terrific footwork and clear power that has been put on display recently. If Lomachenko continues to keep up the momentum, hopefully we’ll get a rematch with Gary Russell Jr. This will be Lomachenko’s fourth fight in Las Vegas.
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Nicholas Walters enters this fight with a 26-0-1 record that includes 21 knockouts. This will be Walters’ third fight since 2015, and he’s coming off a December draw to Jason Sosa. Walters has had nearly a full year to prepare for this fight and will be eager for a bounce back performance after his bout with Sosa. Walters is one of the more exciting boxers to watch due to his athleticism and overall punching power. Walters is an explosive puncher with very quick hands and has the ability to attack and get out of danger quickly. Walters has ended nine of his last 11 fights by knockout and has predicted he’ll do the same here. However, Walters must be careful on the counters, as his defense can slip a bit and that won’t fly against a quality opponent. This will be Walters’ first fight in Las Vegas.
This line isn’t giving much respect to Walters at all, as he’s a quality opponent with a terrific offensive attack. Walters not only has the power advantage, but he also already beat a technical fighter in Nonito Donaire. There’s certainly value with the Jamaican. However, if we’re betting to win, I have to give Lomachenko the advantage due to his boxing intelligence and ability to adjust between rounds. We know what Walters wants to do and likely isn’t going to adjust much from his gameplan. Lomachenko is capable of taking away what his opponent wants to do and making things uncomfortable. Lomachenko is just too smart and has really been on a tear since his 2014 loss to Orlando Salido.
Walters may be the smarter bet given the heavy plus money, but Lomachenko is likely going to win the fight.