Anthony Crolla Vs Ismael Barroso – Preview and Prediction

Anthony Crolla looks to continue his rocky story by defending his WBA world lightweight title for the 1st time since stopping Darleys Perez in front of a roaring Manchester crowd in November of last year.

This weekend he will face a cagey and hard hitting southpaw in Israel Barraso who has already feasted on one Brit in Kevin Mitchell on UK shores, Barroso was an unknown quantity before he travelled across the pond to face Mitchell in December last year.

His power proved to be real as he stopped Mitchell inside 5 rounds, what was more evident was this man was not just a big puncher, he was clever, calculating and has underrated speed.

In Anthony Crolla however, Barroso will be facing the most improved UK fighter over the last 3 years for me. Crolla has come a long way since tussling with the likes of Derry Mathews and has gone from a very good domestic level fighter to a world class fighter.

This looks to me like a very competitive fight and not an easy one to call, I see ways in which both fighters win this fight however for me I think Barroso is one dangerous man and one in which I favor this weekend.

The bookmakers have this one as a 50/50, which is a fairly reasonable assumption of the match up however while Crolla possesses a tight defence and is light on his feet he tends to trade on the inside,  I don’t think Barroso will have to go looking for him and I expect his power to come through eventually.

I am predicting a late stoppage for the Venezuelan, although I wouldn’t mind Crolla proving me wrong, which wouldn’t be the first time. The play I am recommending is to take under 10.5 rounds at 11/10 which I think is a good price for a fight I don’t believe goes the distance.

PREDICTION: BARROSO TKO9

BETTING TIPS: £25 on under 10/5 rounds 11/10 Boylesports

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