Orlando Salido Vs Vasyl Lomachenko – Fight preview and betting recommendation

Orlando Salido Vs Vasyl Lomachenko

Fight preview and betting recommendation 

This bout is extremely intriguing, reason being Lomachenko is fighting for a world title in just his second professional bout and it is not often you will see a scenario like that occur. 

Vasyl Lomachenko is regarded by many as one of the best if not the best amateurs of all time, Lomachenko only lost one amateur contest in 396 bouts, a loss he avenged twice. At 26 he is the holder of 2 Olympic gold medals and has won 2 World Amateur Boxing Championships. 

Lomachenko appears to have everything, and it’s all so natural – the footwork, defence, speed, reflexes, and his ring IQ is absolutely world class he seems to know exactly what needs to done in any given moment. I think Lomachenko may be destined for true greatness. 

The issue i have is i am making all these notions on a spectacular stand out amateur career and one professional fight against a far more modest opponent then the beast he is about to enter the ring with this Saturday night, a beast which is Orlando Salido.  Amateur careers are of course relevant but there is a big difference between Amateur boxing and Elite level 12 round professional boxing. 

I believe Lomachenko and his team are not showing enough respect for the professional game here and this could come back to haunt them Saturday night, in Orlando Salido you have a guy who if you knock down will get back up again, in Orlando Salido you have a guy who has been into Elite level fighters backyards and stopped them, here is a guy who does not know when he is beat and will take you deeper and deeper into the trenches the further the fight progresses, you either out him early or you usually go through hell to get the win. 

I do not believe any amateur career no matter how good can prepare you for that scenario – if it happens, and that is my concern for Lomachenko come Saturday night and i think it would have been beneficial to have gained more experience in the professional ranks before taking this step. 

However in saying that i still fancy Lomachenko to win his first world title Saturday night, the point i was trying to make is i feel there is now a much greater risk than there needed to be with perhaps a little more experience and seasoning in the professional ranks. 

I do fancy Lomachenko by stoppage, i think his speed, and superior countering ability will allow him to walk Salido onto some huge shots and be out of town by the time Salido tries to book him against the ropes. However if Salido takes the fight to the late rounds Lomachenko will most likely be in the trenches and Salido will be dangerous.

Lomachenko is 11/10 to find the stoppage and Salido is as big as 8/1, i like these odds for a straddle bet, however in researching deeper i see under 10.5 rounds at 6/5 so it seemed to make sense rather than playing Lomachenko at 11/10 to play the under 10.5 rounds at similar odds and have a chance to win both bets, obviously it means we are not covered for the last 1.5 rounds of the fight but i would expect it to go the distance if it goes that far anyway. 

Boxingtipster.coms bets – £10 on Salido by KO/TKO 8/1 Sky Bet, £20 on Under 10.5 rounds 6/5 Bwin.