LomaRigo Card Features Olympians
December 8, 2017
Anna Aguilar (131 articles)
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LomaRigo Card Features Olympians

Vasyl Lomachenko and Guillermo Rigondeaux may be a very important fight for boxing, but the undercard is also stacked with three of the bouts including three young rising Olympian stars.

2016 Rio Olympic Silver Medalist, Shakur Stevenson, will open up the televised ESPN card as he enters his fourth professional fight against Oscar Mendoza (4-2, 1 KO) of Santa Maria, CA. Stevenson, 20, of Newark, NJ returns to the “Mecca of Boxing” and looks forward to putting on a show for his fans. Stevenson (3-0, 1 KO) is more of a technical boxer, having put in some sparring sessions with Terence Crawford, and observing the skills of his now manager, Andre Ward. In this camp, Stevenson spent some time with Team Lomachenko, putting in some sparring sessions with the champ as well.

Michael Conlan, the Irish Olympian who infamously flipped off the judges in the 2016 Olympics after a controversial loss in the quarterfinals, returns to the Theater at Madison Square Garden as he enters his fifth professional fight against Luis Fernando Molina (4-3-1, 1 KO) of Pablo Podesta, Argentina. Conlan, 26, made his professional debut at the Theater in March, making a grand entrance with having fellow Irishman, Conor McGregor, walk him in the ring. Conlan (4-0, 4 KOs) is on a knock out winning streak and is looking forward to put on a sharp skilled experience yet again.

Christopher “Pitufo” Diaz, will challenge Bryant Cruz for the vacant NABO title in a scheduled 10-round junior lightweight bout. Diaz, 22, of Puerto Rico is a come forward aggressive fighter that knows when his opponents are hurt he needs to close the show. Cruz (18-2, 9 KOs) was a replacement opponent for Diaz (21-0, 13 KOs), who was scheduled to challenge Casey Ramos.

The only female on the card, 2016 Olympian, Mikaela Mayer, makes her New York debut as she enters into her third professional debut against Nydia Feliciano (9-8-3) of New York. For Mayer (2-0, 2 KOs), this will be her second time landing a spot on Lomachenko’s undercard. She made her professional debut on the Lomachenko-Marriaga in August. Mayer’s fight will be streamed on the ESPN app. Bob Arum promised at the final press conference that fans will be able to see Mayer’s fights televised in 2018, even see her as the main event.

The Lomachenko-Rigondeaux card sold out within the first 48 hours of tickets going on sale. This is the first time in the history of boxing that two two-time Olympic gold medalists will enter the ring together at such a top-tier level in the pros. The two pound for pound boxers will show case how their talents can counter each other this Saturday night live on ESPN from the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Photos By Mikey Williams for Top Rank Boxing

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