Pedraza-Lomachenko To Exchange Blows; HBO Ends Boxing Saturday 

Kevin Stott

Tuesday, December 4, 2018 10:52 PM UTC

Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018 10:52 PM UTC

José Pedraza meets Vasyl Lomachenko for the world lightweight title on ESPN on Saturday night, while HBO will end 45 years of pugilism coverage that night with a triple-header from Hollywood.

José Pedraza (25-1, 13 KOs) vs. Vasyl Lomachenko (11-1, 9 KOs)Saturday, 9 p.m. ET; New York (ESPN)Moneyline Odds: Lomachenko -2820, Pedraza +1670 (Heritage)Round Total: 9½u -160 (Heritage)Best 'Under' Line Offered: Heritage

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The Big Apple, The Big Traffic Jam Hosting Enticing Boxing Cards On Saturday

Saturday night will be alright for fighting with UFC 231 on tap in the Octagon, Vasiliy Lomachenko fighting José Pedraza to unify WBA Super World Lightweight Title and WBO World Lightweight Title at 135 pounds in the boxing ring.

That same night, HBO will sign off from boxing after 45 years with “The First Lady” Cecilia Braekhus defending her titles against two-time world title challenger Aleksandra Magdziak-Lopes in a 10-round welterweight title unification main event from the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. [HBO, TV AZTECA (MEX) 10:20 pm EST].

A Gilwice, Poland native and a now working as an attorney in Marshfield, Mass., Magdziak-Lopes heads in with a respectable 18-4-3 record (1 KO) with Braekhus — a Colombian fighting out of Bergen, Norway — heading in with an unbeaten 34-0-0 (9 KOs).

The HBO "Boxing After Dark" tripleheader also will include 23-year-old, two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Claressa Shields (7-0-0, 2 KOs) of Flint, Mich., fighting 28-year-old Belgian Femke Hermans (9-1-0, 3 KOs) in an enticing 10-round middleweight world title bout; and top-ranked “Super Fly” stalwart Juan Francisco “El Gallo” Estrada (37-3-0, 25 KOs) squaring off against Sonora, Mexican rival Victor “Spock” Mendez (28-3-2, 20 KOs) — who is 9-1 in his last 10 bouts and has won 4 straight—in a 10-round super flyweight in the opener with Mendez having to replace four-division champ Román “Chocolatito” González who suffered a knee injury in training.

In its 45 years of boxing coverage, HBO has broadcast 1,111 bouts.

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The Pedraza vs. Lomachenko lightweight championship unification fight is the big draw on the night’s boxing part of the combat sport proceedings, and many see the Ukrainian phenom as the best pound-for-pound fighter in the sport and the big odds (Lomachenko -3500, Bovada) reveal a real mismatch despite thee Puerto Rican Pedraza’s 5½-inch reach advantage.

Another fight worth looking at on Saturday night is the co-feature on the undercard at Madison Square Garden and a super-bantamweight championship bout with Isaac Dogboe (20-0-0, 14 KOs) trying to defend his WBO Super-Bantamweight title at 122 pounds against Emanuel Navarrete (25-1-0, 22 KOs) in a clash where offshore sportsbooks currently have promising Ghanaian Dogboe priced in the -950 to -1250 (5Dimes) range with Mexican underdog Navarrette currently to be found as high as +863 (YouWager).

The first bout on the tripleheader card will see lightweight prospect Teófimo López (10-0-0, 8 KOs) facing veteran Mason Menard (34-3-0, 24 KOs) in a true test for the 2016 US Olympian López, a highly regarded prospect from here in Las Vegas and a native of Honduras who is coming off surgery to his right hand, an injury he sustained in a Win over William Silva in his last fight on July 14.

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