It’s One-Sided Betting Action
Erislandy Lara is heavily-backed to retain his WBA middleweight title against Gary O’Sullivan Saturday at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Boxing betting markets have the champion at -2000, as short as they come. Can O’Sullivan pull off the stunner?
It’s an intriguing fight and could lead to potential mega-fights later in the calendar.
Check the latest news, stats, injury reports, and Boxing odds for Lara vs O’Sullivan. There are plenty of predictions for you to consider.
Lara Returns After Break
Erislandy Lara last fought in July, 2021, defeating Thomas LaManna in the first round, That was after wins against Greg Vendetti and Ramon Alvarez.
Those were bounce-back wins, having lost to Jarrett Hurd and settling for a split-decision draw against Brian Castano. According to Lara, there’s no one that has wanted to fight him.
The 39-year-old Cuban is aware the inactivity isn’t ideal, but he’s been keeping in shape ahead of this defense.
“No one wanted to fight me,” Lara told The Ring Magazine. “So, I had to keep my body in shape during my time out of the ring. I’m still a major threat to everyone in the division. That’s the reason for the long layoff.
“I’m expecting a tough fight because Gary O’Sullivan is a very tough fighter. At this point in my career, it’s hard getting anyone to fight me, especially the young up and coming guys. So, I give him a lot of credit for stepping in the ring with me.”
The sportsbook has Lara at extremely short odds. They’re not picking an unexpected result. Most of Lara’s losses have come against harder opponents than O’Sullivan. We’re not surprised by the confidence of betting markets.
Luck of the Irish Needed
Gary O’Sullivan is stepping in against Erislandy Lara. We don’t blame him.
The 37-year-old gets his only chance to fight for a world title, and is fighting Lara off a long break. So, he had to take the fight.
O’Sullivan, unfortunately, also comes off a 12-month break. his last fight was a decision victory against a 16-35-6 opponent.
Affectionately known as “Spike”, O’Sullivan owns 31 wins from 35 fights, having lost only to the likes of Billy Joe Saunders and Chris Eubank Jr.
However, he’s largely been used as a prep fight for bigger bouts. O’Sullivan needs to show that he’s there to win.
“It has been my dream to be middleweight champion of the world since I was a child,” O’Sullivan said.
“I’m going to become the oldest Irishman to become world champion. I believe I will and I’m going to try my best to do so. I’ll give it my all as always.”
Boxing odds have O’Sullivan at +850 to win, so he’s an outsider’s outsider.
Lara vs O’Sullivan Head-to-Head
It’s the first meeting.
Lara vs O’Sullivan Fight Information
- Game: Lara (28-3-3) vs O’Sullivan (31-4)
- Location: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
- Day/Time: Saturday May 28th, 6:00 p.m. ET
- Lara vs O’Sullivan LiveStream: Box Live
Lara vs O’Sullivan Betting Lines
Lara vs O’Sullivan Prediction
There isn’t value in giving the -2000 for Erislandy Lara, who shouldn’t have a problem putting Gary O’Sullivan to bed. We’re after better value in prop-betting markets.
Lara is -225 to win by KO, TKO, or DQ. That seems fair to us. O’Sullivan has a solid chin, but Lara should wear down his opponent and score a mid-to-late-round knockout blow.
The aging fighters still have power left, but Lara is a class above his opponent.