Streaks on the Line
Arnold Barboza (26-0) and Danielito Zorrilla (16-0) put their unbeaten streaks on the line this Friday at Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, Calif.
Boxing betting markets have Barboza at -175 to extend his impressive run but it’s not going to be easy against Zorrilla, who looks to have a bright future in the super lightweight division.
It’s an important fight for their futures and a big fight is on the cards for the winner.
There is a firm belief that Barboza is one of the most underrated boxers in the division. Had he scored more wins by knockout (10), he would likely create more headlines and attracted more attention.
There has long been talks about Barboza vs. Teofimo Lopez, but so far Lopez has been dodging the matchup.
“Maybe he wants to see how he comes back from his last fight. I think it was a smart decision by his team in not picking us. But he shouldn’t be (bleeping) lying on the internet saying he wants the top guys and saying we are avoiding him because everyone knows that’s a lie,” Barboza told BoxingScene.com.
“There’s no more waiting around. I got a tough fighter I have to face first. I’m going to win this fight then try again for big fights.”
We like that Barboza isn’t looking beyond Zorrilla. He’s a tough fighter and that’s reflected at the sportsbook. He’s not the overwhelming favorite to improve his record and he wouldn’t want to rest on his laurels.
His usual method of victory is by unanimous decision. He won his last three fights by this method, including wins over Antonio Moran and Alex Saucedo.
Knocking out Zorrilla won’t be easy, but he could grind him down and win more rounds than he loses.
Zorrilla Demands Attention
Overlooking Zorrilla is a mistake as the Puerto Rican could cause a minor upset against Barboza.
He was awarded a technical decision victory against Ruslan Madiyev in 2021 after being hit in the back of the head multiple times. He followed it with a knockout win against Pablo Cano, earning him a chance to rise in the rankings.
The second-round knockout proved a point to his doubters, and although he was gifted the win over Madiyev for the NABO super lightweight title, he was ahead on the scorecards before the fight was ruled a TD.
Boxing odds have Zorrilla as the +145 underdog and those odds could be worth taking.
“In boxing, you have to wait for your turn at bat. I understand that this fight is just that, an opportunity to show who Zorro is so that the promoters and other people are interested in order to continue developing my career,” Zorrilla said.
“A fight against Barboza is big for both him and me. If I win, it positions me at any time for a world title. The changes I made are from heaven to earth. Before it was between 30% and 40% and in this fight it will be seen. I’m going up against a strategic fighter, well his record says so. I am positive to fight and win.”
Barboza vs Zorrilla Head-to-Head
This is the first meeting between Barboza and Zorrilla.
Barboza vs Zorrilla Fight Information
- Game: Barboza (26-0) vs Zorrilla (16-0)
- Location: Pechanga Resort and Casino, Temecula, Calif.
- Day/Time: Friday, July 15, 10 p.m. ET
- Barboza vs ZorrillaLive Stream: Box Live
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Barboza vs Zorrilla Betting Lines
Barboza vs Zorrilla Prediction
We see value with Zorrilla, who has shown more than enough in his last two fights to consider at the price.
Barboza is a grinding boxer who won’t go away but Zorrilla could have more explosiveness and hunger for a potential world title fight later in the year.
Given how close we frame the fight, there is every reason to take the better odds for Zorrilla at +145.
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