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Pitbull Takes on Rolly: Betting Insights for WBA 140lb Title Clash

Rolando “Rolly” Romero and Isaac “Pitbull” Cruz will compete in a 12-round super lightweight contest for the WBA (Regular) World championship at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV, USA, on Saturday, March 30.

Romero and Cruz will trade blows this weekend, and with that in mind, I’m here to cover all your boxing predictions tonight for this highly contested title bout.

Pitbull Takes on Rolly: Betting Insights for WBA 140lb Title Clash
Pitbull Takes on Rolly: Betting Insights for WBA 140lb Title Clash

Romero vs Cruz Event Information

  • Date and Time: Saturday, March. 30, 2024 – 08:00 p.m. ET
  • Location: T Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, NV
  • Promotion: TGB Promotions
  • Scheduled Bouts: 11
  • Romero vs Cruz Live Stream: Box Live
  • Main Event Bout: Tszyu vs Fundora
  • Co-Main Event: Romero vs Cruz
  • Moneyline Probability: Romero (+220), Cruz (-275)


Romero vs Cruz Betting Odds


Romero vs Cruz: Fighter Previews

Rolando “Rolly” Romero

In July of last year, the Las Vegas native won the vacant WBA championship by suddenly ending the fight against Ismael Barroso in the ninth round. It is worth noting that Romero did not land any strikes when referee Tony Weeks intervened, as instant controversy surrounded his name following this contest. Prior to the strange interruption, Romero was down in the scoring and thoroughly outperformed by the 40-year-old Barroso.

He does return, however, with new trainers and a full fight camp. He’s an excellent addition to the sport, as he’s done a great job marketing himself on social media and whenever he’s in front of a camera. Unfortunately, his verbal skills seem to be higher than his boxing talents, and those in-ring struggles we witnessed versus a 40-year-old opponent last time out could be exposed this weekend.



Issac “Pitbull” Cruz

With a record of 25-2-1, Cruz is a lethal threat to any champion. Francisco Vargas and Yuriorkis Gamboa are among the opponents he eliminated during the course of his nine-year career. The fact that he battled hard and lost the bout by a razor-thin decision on points makes him unique among fighters who have stopped ‘Tank’s knockout run.

The Mexican boxer is rough, energetic, and a heavy puncher. If you’re looking for a swarmer that enjoys getting near, look no further than him. He will undoubtedly launch an indiscriminate assault on the champion and bring him into close-quarters combat.



Romero vs Cruz: The Tale of the Tape

Pro Record
Win/Loss (Last 5)
WBA (Regular) World (Super Lightweight)
Championship Titles
322 days
245 days
7 years
9 years

Romero vs Cruz: Main Event Breakdown & Analysis

With his broad, lunging blows, the 15-1 champ does carry respectable power. That might, however, put him in an awkward position when facing Cruz, who has equally damaging shots and excellent counterstrikes. His fighting technique isn’t aesthetically pleasing, andmost fans would agree that he has to step it up to be backed in boxing bets online since his recent performance left a lot to be desired. We don’t like to use the word ‘fluke,’ but Romero’s championship-winning performance could undoubtedly fall into this category.

While Cruz returns from a lackluster outing of his own, it’s not entirely comparable. The champion may have a rough night if he doesn’t counter the trademark leaping left hooks of the Mexican, which might be a problem to deal with when he throws at such a high clip.

It doesn’t matter who wins; this contest is fantastic. Neither of these guys is old; they are just about to hit their peak. It’s doubtful that we’ll see a long bout since both fighters are quite powerful and confident, but ultimately, how Romero avoids Cruz’s deadly left hook will determine the result, in my opinion.


The Best Betting Pick: Cruz by KO/TKO (-120)

The way Cruz fought against Tank proved that he was a talented and elite fighter, which is likely one reason why the Las Vegas odds have placed the challenger as a betting favorite. I expect him to finish the bout early if Romero isn’t up to snuff with his aggressive, forward style, and despite Pitbull’s height disadvantage, it feels like Romero’s best path to victory falls behind a puncher’s chance.


  • Cruz has won 17 of his 25 pro bouts via KO/TKO
  • Romero’s one pro defeat was via KO/TKO
  • Cruz has never lost as a sportsbook betting favorite


WBA (Regular) Super Lightweight Title Co-Main Event: The Crystal Ball Predictions

In this WBA championship matchup, a quick glance at my crystal ball reveals that Cruz’s ultra-punishing shots will punish Romero similarly to how Gervonta Davis’ did. The defending champ will survive the first half of the fight, but eventually, the Mexican’s nasty left hooks will reign supreme. Go ahead and make a bet online on Cruz.


Potential Boxing Bets from a Cruz Round 8 KO/TKO:

  • Cruz Moneyline [-275]
  • Under 9 ½ Rounds [-115]
  • Cruz By KO/TKO [-120]
  • Cruz To Win In Round 8 [+1100]
  • Cruz To Win In Rounds 7-9 [+375]
  • Fight Doesn’t Go The Distance [-200]


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