Roach vs McCrory Predictions: Feargal won’t encroach on Roach

 | Friday 28th June 2024, 10:48am

Friday 28th June 2024, 10:48am

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Lamont Roach takes on Feargal McCrory this Friday, June 28 with the WBA super featherweight championship on the line. The 130-pound clash will take place at the Entertainment and Sports Arena in Washington, DC. ProBoxTV will show the action live.

Here are my Roach vs McCrory predictions ahead of an intriguing world title fight.

Roach vs McCrory Tips

  • Roach on points @ 7/4
  • Fight to go the distance - Yes @ 11/8

McCrory has walked a well-trodden path in his career. After racking up an 11-0 record in his homeland, ‘Fearless’ has operated out of New York for his last five outings. The Big Apple has a huge population of immigrant families from the Emerald Isle and Irish boxers have often found a second home under the shadow of the Statue of Liberty. 

The States has been a happy hunting ground for Friday’s challenger. Keeping up his form, McCrory has gone 5-0 in America, with three wins in NYC along with victories in boxing hotbeds Atlantic City and Philadelphia. Now the 31-year-old heads to Washington to try and realise his American dream.

Standing in his way is Lamont Roach Jr., the recently-crowned WBA super featherweight champion of the world. This was his second crack at a world belt, having lost via unanimous decision to then-WBO boss Jamel Herring in 2019. 

Roach made no mistake last November, when he won Hector Luis Garcia’s WBA strap on a split verdict. A late surge saw him hurt the champion in the 11th round before knocking him down in the 12th, deservedly taking home the title. Now ‘The Reaper’ makes his first defence of the gold against an unbeaten challenger with ambitions of his own.

Roach is well-schooled, putting his extensive amateur background to good use behind a solid guard as he probes his opponents for openings. ‘The Reaper’ looks to get on the front-foot and likes to take a look before punch-picking. Sometimes the champion is guilty of taking too long to make his move, but his counters are usually good enough to avoid trouble.

McCrory studiously works behind a southpaw jab and looks for counters. This one could take a while to warm up given the fact both men look extensively before they leap. It will be interesting to see who initiates the action first. Roach won the title by turning the heat on late. Will McCrory chance allowing the American to warm into the fight or will he let his hands go sooner than usual?


Roach vs McCrory Fight Odds

The champion is the favourite coming into this one, with a Roach victory priced at 1/10 with an implied probability of 90.9%. McCrory is considered a 11/2 shot to take home the title, or 15.4% in percentage terms. The draw is available at 20/1 with an implied probability of 4.8%.

Roach vs McCrory Full Card

Lamont Roach vs. Feargal McCrory, 12 rounds, for Roach's WBA junior lightweight title 

Lester Martinez vs. Carlos Gongora, 10 rounds, super middleweights 

Alex Dilmaghani vs. Rene Tellez Giron, 10 rounds, junior lightweights 

Rianna Rios vs. Mary Romero, 8 rounds, women's bantamweights 

Greg Outlaw vs. TBA, 8 rounds, junior welterweights 

Travon Marshall vs. Luis Midyael Sanchez, 6 rounds, welterweights 

Jordan Roach vs. Luis Hernandez, 4 rounds, junior bantamweights 

Eric Hernandez vs. TBA, 4 rounds, lightweights 

Benjamin Johnson vs. Michael Williams, 4 rounds, welterweights 

Deric Davis vs. TBA, 4 rounds, lightweights

Roach vs McCrory Prediction

Neither of these men are renowned knockout artists so I won’t be choosing either to get the stoppage here. Roach has taken out 9 of his 29 opponents while McCrory has seen to eight of his 16 victims. 

I feel like this will be more of a chess match. In that sort of scenario, I fancy Roach to do the business. His work is tidier and more technical. ‘The Reaper’ is also a little more insistent and while he is no pressure-fighter, he does come forward with conviction.

My selection is Roach to defeat McCrory by decision, which is priced at 7/4.

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