Lomachenko vs Lopez odds: Loma will have edge

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Teofimo Lopez captured the IBF Lightweight title in stunning fashion last night with his 2nd Round dismantling of Richard Commey.

Many of us were expecting a narrow UD for either fighter but Teofimo showed why he's the 'Takeover.'

Lopez' win over Commey was a game changer; it was the type of bout that catapults careers. It was the type of bout that generates fans. It was a fight viewers won't forget.

As a result of last night's heroics, look for Lomachenko vs Lopez to happen in April or May.

"We're looking for April," promoter Bob Arum told FightHype last night.

After Teofimo's brilliant performance last night, there's no denying him.

Bob Arum, in an interview with FightHype last night, summed it up:

"Loma's gonna be in there with this beast [Lopez]... I mean, to do that to Commey.... A real seasoned lightweight.... And it was a 50/50 fight."

Arum on Lopez' desire to face Lomachenko:
"What are you crazy? I couldn't stop him [Lopez]."

"If I said 'no Lopez, take it easy (don't fight Loma yet)... I mean sh*t they'd be at my house. They'd be calling me at all hours."

Loma vs Lopez is on!

More on the Lomachenko vs Lopez odds...

Initial betting lines feature the Ring/WBA/WBO Lightweight champion Vasyl Lomachenkoas a 4 to 1 (-400) betting favorite, while the newly crowned IBF 135 pound titlist, Teofimo Lopez, is currently sitting as a very live almost 3 to 1 (+275) betting underdog.

Bettors are taking into consideration Loma's awesome amateur pedigree and edge in overall experience and level of competition.

Yes, both fighters have had only 15 professional bouts but Loma has faced the likes of Orlando Salido, Luke Campbell, Gary Russell, Jr, Nicholas Waters, Guillermo Rigondeaux and Jorge Linares, and has become world champion in three separate weight divisions.

On Lopez' resume, we see Commey, Diego Magdaleno and Mason Menard. Quality fighters but that list is timid compared to Loma's rundown of most significant fights. 

Arum hinted he'd like to bring Loma vs Lopez to back Madison Square Garden in New York. Should that happen, oddsmakers will likely give Lopez a small tick up for fighting at home but it won't be enough to make the odds even.

Those who favor Lopez
Lopez' advocates will insist Teofimo's range and reach advantage in combination with his speed and athleticism will be too much for Loma. And they'll point to Loma's most recent bout against Luke Campbell to substantiate their claim. Vasyl Lomachenko won that bout impressively but was far from dominant and ate some hard leather.

Choosing Loma
Those who'll favor Lomachenko think the Ukrainian's superior footwork and odd angles will make it next to impossible for Lopez to sit on his shots and land the same flush punches he unleashed on Commey. Loma's supporters will also point to his pedigree and insist there's no style he hasn't already seen before and can adjust to.

Please share your take. Who should the Lomachenko vs Loma odds favor, by how much and why?

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Odd angles?
Odd angles? That's a haters way of putting it. How about remarkable angles. A slightly more praising adjective. As much as you praise Teo. Slightly leading with the odds or close to even odds? Again a haters way of putting it. The last I checked it was at least 4 to 1.

According to Betfair, via boxing writer and betting pundit Tom Craze, Lomachenko has opened as a -400 favorite (bet $400 to win $100) while Lopez is +275 (win $275 on a $100 wager). Those odds aren't exactly a surprise.
Owner's reply January 09, 2020

Not a hater at all. In fact, Loma is one of my favorite fighters.

I find it difficult, if not impossible, for any true follower of boxing to not be impressed with Loma's freakishly-good footwork and overall movement.

I said "odd angles" because his style is so unique. In 30 years of following boxing (and fighting as an amateur myself), I've never seen anyone move like that.

He's not traditional and that's a good thing :) How does an opponent prepare for someone like that? He's so skilled, he can get away with moving in ways that most of us would consider "odd."

He's probably the best fighter in the world today and possibly one of the best ever.

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