WBO World Super Featherweight Champion Vasyl “Hi-Tech” Lomachenko (10-1, 8KO’s) proved once again why I consider him the most talented fighter in the world. This time, Guillermo “El Chacal” Rigondeaux (17-1, 11KO’s), talented in his own right, simply was not good enough to compete with the ultra-talented Ukranian. From the very beginning of the fight, Rigondeaux seemed content in having a live audition for “Dancing With The Stars” with the amount of holding he put on Lomachenko. Holding in boxing is very common, but to hold from the first round is NOT. It wasn’t as if Lomachenko was giving him an early beatdown. You can’t think your opponent is that much better than you already…can you? Was it a sign of things to come? Was Rigondeaux evaluating the pros and cons of a potentially embarrassing night?
All of the above questions could be answered with a simple “YES”. Lomachenko used an erray of dazzling footwork, punches from different angles and unmatched ring generalship to frustrate Rigondeaux, a two-time Olympic Gold medalist, into retiring after just six rounds. Rigondeaux claimed his hand was broken, but it was later revealed to be just a bruise.
I don’t like to use the word quit when talking about fighters, because it takes alot of heart to get in the ring and essentially put your life on the line each and every time. I will say that Rigondeaux, for the first time, faced an opponent who was far superior in talent.
In case you missed the fight, check out the highlights courtesy of Top Rank Boxing. Feel free to leave a comment below. #ChillinWithCheese