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Vasyl Lomachenko v Anthony Crolla (April 12)

You have to give Anthony Crolla some serious credit for stepping up and taking on the challenge of facing Vasyl Lomachenko, but ‘Million Dolla’ is not one for backing down from a challenge. The 32-year-old refused to hang up his gloves after suffering horrific injuries while confronting burglars near his home, and in his first fight back he challenged Darleys Perez for the WBA lightweight title. He was denied a fairytale outing by some controversial scoring by the judges, but the governing body quickly ordered a rematch and this time Crolla took the outcome out of the hands of those at ringside, finishing the champion with a crunching left-hook to the body in round five.

Crolla managed one successful defence of the belt before dropping it to Jorge Linares in September 2016, and when the two men met again the following March he was outclassed on the way to another unanimous decision defeat. He has rebounded since then however, with three straight victories, but can he really make it four-in-a-row by becoming only the second man to beat WBA (Super), WBO and Ring Magazine lightweight champion Lomachenko?

“I cannot wait for this,” Crolla said. “These are the fights you are in the sport for. People will say that I have got nothing to lose, but I am genuinely going over to LA to shock the world. I will concentrate on me.  Firstly, I have to make sure the best Anthony Crolla turns up that night. I'm not worried about that.

“Preparing for Lomachenko is hard because he's so unorthodox. He's that good that when he does something wrong he gets away with it. You wouldn't teach some of the things that he does. He's so unique in that respect.”

Lomachenko does have one defeat on his record – a controversial split decision loss in only his second professional fight – but since that night he has reeled off 11 straight victories and only one of the 31-year-old Ukrainian’s last nine opponents have managed to go the distance with him. He has surged to the very top of the pound-for-pound ladder by becoming a three-weight world champion after only 13 professional fights, and that says all you need to know about the size of the task Crolla will be facing when he steps into the ring at the Staples Center.

However, have we seen some weaknesses recently? Lomachenko was dropped by Linares, the man who dethroned Crolla in 2016, before he came storming back to stop the Venezuelan in round 10, and in that fight he suffered a dislocated shoulder that required surgery. He has insisted that he is 100% healthy after that operation, but we all know that shoulder problems are not so easy to overcome when you are a professional fighter so that is something to keep in mind here.

On the flip side though, he beat Linares after dislocating his shoulder in round two. That simply cannot be overlooked. Lomachenko fought one of the best lightweight fighters on the planet while carrying a serious injury and he did not just survive to get a decision win, he flourished on his way to stopping the then-WBA champion in the 10th. So after that sort of performance in that sort of situation, how can we go against him here?

Crolla is a good fighter with a great heart and that should prevent him from being blown out quickly, but ultimately Lomachenko will prove to be too much for him. The champion’s southpaw awkwardness, technique, speed, footwork and punching power will help him break down the challenger, and if the Ukrainian does not stop Crolla himself I would not be shocked to see the Mancunian’s corner throw in the towel to save their man.

Anthony Joshua v Jarrell Miller (June 1)

Anthony Joshua’s latest defence of his heavyweight titles was supposed to take place at Wembley Stadium in April, but those plans were put on hold when promoter Eddie Hearn failed to tie down a big-money fight with either Deontay Wilder, Dillian Whyte or Tyson Fury, and instead ‘AJ’ will now make his US debut at the world famous Madison Square Garden in New York city on June 1, and he will do it against unbeaten American Jarrell Miller.

‘Big Baby’ spent early years of his boxing career crossing back and forth between the ‘sweet science’ and the world of kickboxing, but in 2014 he called time on his kickboxing career to focus solely on boxing and since that date he has reeled off 10 straight wins to take his unbeaten professional record to 23-0-1 with 20 victories coming via knockout. However, you would be hard-pressed to find a notable name on his record so you cannot help but feel like he is merely being used as a punching bag for Joshua to make a successful first showing on American soil. ‘AJ’ himself appears to feel that way.

“I’m going to knock him out on June 1, there is no doubt about that,” Joshua told reporters. “He’s an ex-kickboxer who punches like a fairy. He’s the softest puncher in the heavyweight division. I’m confident that I’ll ram my jab down his throat and I’ll knock him out. The only way I feel that Jarrell could actually win is just by a lucky punch – that’s all he’s got.

“I could hype him up, but I’ll keep it real. Miller can’t punch, he hasn’t got that much of a good work rate. I’ve done my stats and facts – I throw more punches than Miller. He hasn’t done anything as a fighter in the amateurs or as a professional and he’s coming up against a true fighter so we’ll see what happens. That’s why I don’t think he can beat me on his best day. There’s no fairy tale story about what I do - the stats and facts show. I’ll beat him and knock him out.”

Miller, of course, disagrees and claims the champion will “crack like an egg” in his first fight on foreign shores.

“This is going to be bully season,” he said. “He's bullied for all the right reasons. This is the boxing business, this is the hurt game, so ain't nothing humble about this or nothing nice about this game. This is about hard work and doing whatever you can do to win the fight. The realness is going to come out. Once that contract is signed, all gloves are off.”

So who will be the ‘King of New York’ and leave as world heavyweight champion when the verbal jabs are swapped for real punches on June 1?

Joshua may claim that Miller punches like a “p***y”, but with 20 stoppage wins in 23 victories the American has shown some sort of stopping power and we have seen a few times that the champion can be wobbled. This is heavyweight boxing and it would be reckless of him to write off the power in Miller’s fists and recklessly charge forward – he and his team will almost certainly recognise that.

That is why I expect Joshua to use that jab, just like I said he would, to take full advantage of his four-inch reach advantage and wear down the challenger who, let’s be honest’ will not have the gas tank to go 12 rounds against an elite-level fighter. Joshua will pick apart the challenger for several rounds, and then detonate one of those big bombs in the second half of the fight that turns the lights out on “Big Baby”. Then we can all get back to hoping that he, Hearn, Wilder, Fury and everyone else who matters can finally deliver the heavyweight fights fans really want to see.

Tyson Fury v Deontay Wilder 2 (Fight Unconfirmed)

Tyson Fury’s return to boxing was one of the sport’s biggest stories in 2018, but the former world heavyweight champion’s comeback year did not end in glory as a couple of judges somehow decided he had not done enough to beat Deontay Wilder despite him dominating almost all of the bout. Since then the ‘Bronze Bomber’ has been trying to save face, claiming he was not at his best that night, but the simple fact is he was out-boxed and outclassed for almost 36 full minutes by a man who had not had a proper competitive fight in over three years. Fury looked great on the night and if he gets the rematch he deserves in 2019, I fully expect him to inflict a first professional defeat on Wilder and become world heavyweight champion for the second time in his career. The ‘Bronze Bomber’ may have devastating punching power, but that does not make up for a total lack of technique that Fury can expose over 12 rounds. And when he does that for the second time, this next set of judges will have no choice but to award him the WBC belt. 

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Boxing continues to be a popular sport to bet on and that is because the bookmakers offer no shortage of markets for every major fight as well as big domestic bust-ups. This wide selection of markets gives you the chance to make a healthy profit when betting on boxing, and here are some of the Bettingpro.com’s favourite boxing betting markets, using the Anthony Joshua v Joseph Parker world heavyweight title fight as an example…

Method Of Victory

This market is simple – you pick the winner of the market and how they will win the fight. By adding the method of victory on to simply backing a fighter, you give the price a nice shot in the arm. Joshua is as short as 1/12 to win this fight, but having stopped all of his previous 20 opponents you may like his chances of stopping Parker too. Now, odds of 1/3 are not particularly appealing, but you can see from this example that betting on a fighter’s method of victory can give his odds a healthy boost. And when it comes to bouts that are much closer to call, this market offers a great way to make a tidy profit. 

Total Rounds

The Total Rounds market gives punters the chance to bet on how many rounds the fight will or will not last. So, for example, if you believe Joshua will win in the last three rounds you could back Over 8.5 Total Rounds at 11/8, and this bet would still be a winner even if Parker won the fight as long as the bout went at least eight-and-a-half rounds. Alternatively, you may like Joshua’s chances of taking out Parker inside six rounds and Under 6.5 Total Rounds can be backed at Even money. And just like the Overs, this bet would be a winner if Parker won the fight, as long as he stopped Joshua in less than six-and-a-half rounds. This market covers every round from 1.5 Total Rounds to 10.5 Total Rounds so there are plenty of options.

Round Betting

One of the most popular ways to bet on combat sports is to bet on which round the fight will finish, and this market covers every single round in the fight. The odds can be quite lucrative too because you are pinpointing the ending of the bout down to just one round, so if you like Joshua for a 10th round stoppage you could get odds as big as 16/1, but if you believe Parker will get the nod from the judges after the full 12 rounds you could get a price as big as 33/1. If there is a market where you can make a big profit, it is this one.

Round Group Betting

But perhaps betting on a single round in a 12-round fight is not that appealing to you? If it is not, we highly recommend this boxing betting odds market because it lumps together multiple rounds and you can still get good odds. Some bookmakers will group together three rounds at a time, while others will simply split the fight in half to offer Rounds 1-6 and Rounds 7-12. When it comes to choosing a bookmaker it is simply down to how accurate you want to be with your prediction. In his most recent outings Joshua has gone into the second half of the fight so Rounds 7-12 could be tempting at 9/5, but if you want to narrow it down to the last three rounds, 10-12, the price is a much bigger 6/1. There are many options and the bigger the grouping of rounds the shorter the odds will get, but even at the shortest price, you can still make a nice profit with a winning bet.

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