Lomachenko hands Rigondeaux his first defeat after a hand injury
December 9, 2017
Anna Aguilar (125 articles)
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Lomachenko hands Rigondeaux his first defeat after a hand injury

Vasliyl Lomachenko proved to be the more elite boxer against Guillermo Rigondeaux Saturday night, in front of a sold out of 5,102 crowd at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York.

This was a historic event, the first time two two-time gold medal Olympians face each other in the pros. Lomachenko (10-1, 7 KOs) successfully defended his WBO super featherweight world title after Rigondeaux (17-1, 11 KOs) quit on the stool after the sixth round due to a hand injury. In the rounds leading up to the win for Lomachenko, it was clear that the Ukrainian was frustrating the Cuban with speed.

As the second round continued, Lomachenko was picking up his timing on Rigondeaux. His speed was too “Hi-Tech” for Rigondeaux, and he made it hard for “El Chacal” to counter. For the majority of the fight, Rigondeaux was keeping his head low, bending at the waist and every chance he got, held Lomachenko. In round three, Lomachenko caught Rigondeaux with a triple uppercut while Rigo was bended at the waist. Rigondeaux didn’t give much for Lomachenko to work with.

Round four Rigondeaux was caught by a hard jab and Lomachenko’s timing was making a statement and the crowd was chanting “Loooma-chenko!.” By the sixth round, referee Steve Willis deducted a point from Rigondeaux due to him keeping his head low. At the end of the round, the two went to their corners, and Rigondeaux could not continue due to an injury on his left hand, in which he said he hurt in the second round.

This is Rigondeaux’s first professional loss. At the time of the stoppage, the official score cards were 60-53, 59-54 and 59-54 all for Lomachenko.

Photos by Mikey Williams for Top Rank Boxing

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