Rashidi Ellis vs. Roiman Villa TV Stream Preview, Betting Odds and Prediction - January 7
Undefeated welterweight rising star Rashidi Ellis is back in action tonight. Interestingly, he hasn't seemed all that focused on tonight's opponent of late. At the recent press conference for Gervonta Davis vs. Hector Luis Garcia, Ellis got into a heated debate with Jaron Ennis.
During their argument, Ennis made clear he wants Ellis next. Ellis, in response, revealed his own interest but only if the pay is on the level. Considering the danger Roiman Villa's fast hands pose, Ellis might live to regret somewhat looking past tonight's opponent earlier this week.
Rashidi Ellis vs. Roiman Villa Tale of the Tape
Ellis will enjoy a two-inch advantage in both height and reach tonight. Both men have made it to 147lbs for the contest. Ellis has shown elite durability in his fights, often dragging them into deep waters to take advantage of opponents with less cardio.
Villa, meanwhile, is a knockout artist, with 24 of his 25 victories coming via TKO/KO.
When it comes to stances, both combatants tend to rely on an orthodox stance between the ropes. The undefeated Ellis will likely look to neutralize and slow down Villa's killer hands as the fight goes on.
Ellis has been turning plenty of heads in recent times thanks to his slick technical skills in the ring. Should he get past Villa tonight, it's clear he likely wants Jaron Ennis next. Even more interesting, though, are his recent callouts of top dogs Errol Spence Jr. and Terence Crawford.
The supremely confident Ellis could well be on his way to bigger, brighter things if he survives tonight.
Of course, surviving someone with the headhunting, assassin-like techniques of Roiman Villa is much easier said than done. For Ellis, head movement, defense, and distance management will be essential. Getting into a firefight will likely result in Villa claiming another knockout.
Given his cardio and speed, though, Ellis should just about manage to drag this one to the scorecards for a watertight decision win.
To Team Ennis, there was nothing in it for them. They viewed the undefeated fringe contender as more a step back than anything moving forward.
This Saturday, on the Gervonta Davis-Hector Garcia undercard, “Speedy” Ellis (24-0, 15 KOs) looks to change a few minds when he battles 29-year-old Venezuelan Roiman Villa (25-1, 24 KOs) in a scheduled 12-round welterweight bout on the Showtime/PBC Pay-Per-View event (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT) from the Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C.
In the end, this is shaping up to be a highly entertaining and competitive fight. Both Rashidi Ellis and Roiman Villa are talented and skilled boxers, and it will be interesting to see how they match up against each other. It should be a great fight for fans of the sport, and we can't wait to see how it plays out.
Total Under 10.5 for 2.77
Decision W Rashidi Ellis – No for 1.94
Fight to Go The Distance – No for 2.75