It is well-documented that the Ukrainian had one of the most decorated amateur careers in history, which included two Olympic gold medals, and as a pro, he has won world titles in two weight classes in under 10 fights. As well as a highly technical style that comes with a frenetic pace that no one has been able to keep up with, Lomachenko remains hungry and fights with a killer instinct.
Perhaps this is why the oddsmakers are not giving Marriaga practically any shot. Marriaga is a solid competitor out of Colombia , but he is entering this fight coming off a loss to Oscar Valdez for the WBO’s featherweight title. His other career loss came to Nicholas Walters, who Lomachenko dismantled and made quit in November of last year.
Karass has been matched tough recently, going 0-3-1 in his last four fights against the likes of Terence Crawford and Devon Alexander. His July of 2013 win over Andre Berto seems like a long time ago, and Karrass is also coming off an 11-month layoff. Herrera had a rocky 2016 in going 0-2, but he bounced back in March of this year when he defeated veteran Hector Velasquez via eight-round decision.
As for Adler, she has held the WBC world title at 168 pounds going on five years now, so she is definitely not a joke. Shields is from nearby Flint, Michigan, so the fight in Detroit is in her back yard. Adler won a March of 2017 bout, and she fought once a year in 2015 and 2016, as the weight class sometimes lacks for top-level competition. Shields and her backers are hoping to become the face of women’s boxing over the next few years, and it starts this Friday. The vacant IBF world title is also on the line in this one.
Super Middleweight – 10 rounds
Nikki Adler +300
Claressa Shields -420
Welterweight – 10 rounds
Jesus Soto Karass +150
Mauricio Herrera -190
Todd Unthank May +550
Vyacheslav Shabranskyy -1050
Sat 8/5 Microsoft Theater – Los Angeles, California – ESPN
Super Featherweight – 12 rounds
Miguel Marriaga +2000 o9½ +125
Vasyl Lomachenko -4000 u9½ -155
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