An injury to Anthony Young has forced a change of opponent for Alexis Rocha. The WBO NABO welterweight champ now puts his belt on the line against longtime veteran George Ashie. Despite Ashie’s experience, Rocha is massively favored on the boxing betting lines. But the American would do better than to overlook another overmatched opponent.
Let’s check the latest Boxing news, stats, and Boxing lines for Rocha vs Ashie. We’ve got plenty of Boxing picks for you to consider.
Rocha’s Style Is Exciting But…
Rocha, as many of his Golden Boy stablemates are, is an “action fighter.” The welterweight moves forward and assaults his opponent with various potent combinations. As such, 13 of his victories have come via knockout. However, he’s not so much a knockout artist as a prolific boxer.
The Californian is fighting on home soil again and will thrill the locals with his ability to tag his oponent from every direction. Rocha also moves fluidly and is hardly ever a stationary target. It’s how he maintains his ability to stay on the aggressive while being hard to hit back.
He won his last two bouts by decision as a whopping favorite. The downside is that he was not able to finish lower tier opponents. As a -3000 favorite, backers would expect him to starch his opponents. But nearly sweeping the cards through a clinic should attest to Rocha’s excellence thus why he’s constantly being bet online.
Can Ashie Hang?
Ashie comes in as a late replacement and that typically does not bode well. But the Ghanan boxer has a wealth of experience, is durable, and will not be intimidated by the American champion. However, he is also 0-3 when he fights outside his native Ghana.
The key for Ashie will be to find a way to slow Rocha. He’ll be the slower and more sluggish boxer of the two. At times, he’ll look like a punching bag as Rocha unloads on him. And he’s also moving up in weight from super lightweight so he will have a size disadvantage.
It’s tough to envision how Ashie upsets Rocha here. Rocha has shown before that he can overlook opponents. But even if he does, Ashie will have a hard time keeping up. And even at such long online sports boxing betting lines, betting on him is a tough ask.
Rocha vs Ashie Head-to-Head
Ashie does not have listed height or reach but he is from a smaller weight division. He is also 13 years older than Rocha. He debuted in 2003 when Rocha was five years old.
Rocha vs Ashie Fight Information
- Records: Rocha (21-1-0, 13 KOs) vs Ashie 33-5-1, 25 KOs)
- Location: YouTube Theater, Inglewood, CA
- Day/Time: Saturday, Jan. 28th, 10:00 p.m. ET
- Rocha vs Ashie Live Stream: Box Live
Rocha vs Ashie Betting Lines
Rocha vs Ashie Picks & Prediction
It’s hard to bet on Rocha at these odds. Instead, it might be better to parlay him with another match to get better lines. Otherwise, Rocha should have no issues putting on another clinic against Ashie. He is slightly larger, faster, and younger. And stylistically, his ability to move and punch from more angles will be too much for Rocha, who is in a rushed training camp, to handle.
Alexis Rocha is listed at -3000 in our Vegas boxing lines. This means that if you wager $100 on Rocha, you have a chance to win $3. George Ashie is +1000, offering a chance to win $1000 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives Rocha a 96.77% chance to win, with Ashie at 9.09%.