Christmas arrives a few weeks early this year for sports bettors when Vasyl Lomachenko and Guillermo Rigondeaux square off at Madison Square Garden on December 9. If you are trying to earn some additional cash to spend on holiday gifts, you will want to benefit from my four best bets with this battle. Since I always express in the Ultimate Bettor’s Guide, it’s about value and there is a lot to go around on Saturday night. At +333 (bet $100 to earn $333) according to the boxing specialists at, all the value in this fight is pointing toward Guillermo Rigondeaux.

When you thought 2017 could not get any better in the world of boxing, render it to Leading Rank and ESPN to shut the year out with one of the greatest matchups boxing fans might have hoped for. If Mayweather vs. McGregor and Canelo vs. GGG weren’t powerful enough to keep boxing in the mainstream consciousness, this is certainly a battle enthusiast’s battle. Credit everyone involved with making this a reality.

This Saturday could be the stage for Lomachenko to leapfrog Terence Crawford and GGG to claim boxing’s pound for pound top place. On the other hand, the undefeated 37-year old Rigondeaux may play spoiler en route to claiming that name for himself.

Before getting down to brass tacks regarding how you are going to make money on Saturday night, here are my two cents. The parallels between both of these fighters are very similar. Both winning gold medals in the Olympic games. Both winning world titles extremely early in their careers and a lot of experience being in the spotlight. They both fight in the southpaw stance, while Lomachencko has a two-inch height edge, Rigondeaux has a two and a half inch reach advantage. With all things considered, I can not imagine what criteria the oddsmakers are using for Lomachenko for a -450 favorite (wager $450 to earn $100) in most sportsbooks, but I will tell you that, I am not complaining.

Why the Oddsmakers made it wrong

Lomachenko isn’t a spring chicken. In 30 years old and almost 400 amateur struggles, Lomachenko’s 9-1 specialist record is deceiving. As great as he is, and he’s extremely good, he can have some mileage . I also feel that although he’s fought some world-class gift, he hasn’t fought anyone in the level of Rigondeaux. If anything, I can see Rigondeaux moving up in weight as a benefit for its Cuban defector. Rigondeaux’s boxing IQ and enormous fight experience will serve him well in the underdog role. I’m sure he’s spent lots of time viewing the Salido struggle, where Salido provided frustration and hardship for Lomachenko. Expect the same.

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