Lomachenko makes Rigondeaux quit after six rounds
Published: December 10, 2017
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – The fight fans have been waiting for has concluded. Vasyl Lomachenko (10-1, 8 KOs) was able to defend his WBO 130-championship in dominating fashion against the then-undefeated Guillermo Rigondeaux (17-1, 11 KOs). After six rounds of technical boxing, Lomachenko was able to convince Rigondeaux and his corner that he had seen enough action for the night.
The bout was thought to be a technical matchup from the time it was signed. Many may not have believed that Lomachenko would be able to adjust to Rigondeaux’s style of fighting so quickly. The advantages that the Ukrainian had before the bout in age and activity proved to be too much of a problem for the talented Rigondeaux to overcome. During the fight, Lomachenko was able to showcase his ability to think faster than the Cuban by continually changing positions and shutting down Rigondeaux’s most prominent weapon in the left hand.
For Lomachenko, the stoppage victory over Rigondeaux may be the best victory of his career. Boxers tend to avoid other boxers in this era and for Lomachenko to prove his superiority over one of the technical sound fighters of this era speaks volumes about his level of skill. On this same night Lomachenko’s only conqueror as a professional, Orlando Salido could be next in line for the Ukrainian if he comes out victorious against Miguel Roman. Now that the supposed ultimate battle in skill and technique is over, there are plenty of options awaiting Lomachenko at 130-pounds and in the lightweight division.
It was a successful night for the Top Rank stable as Shakur Stevenson, and Michael Conlan came out victorious. Stevenson stopped his opponent Oscar Mendoza in the second round, and Conlan won a unanimous decision over his opponent with scores of 60-54 on all three scorecards.
(Feature Photo: Top Rank Boxing)