Vasyl Lomachenko V Guillermo Rigondeaux Preview : The two greatest amateur fighters ever collide!
Event Venue: Madison Square Garden, 3:00. Box Nation.See Stats
On December 9, a first is going to happen in Boxing. Two double Olympic gold medallists will clash at Madison Square Garden in New York as Vasyl Lomachenko and Guillermo Rigondeaux will battle it out with the Ukrainian’s WBO super-featherweight title on the line. For plenty of boxing purists, this has to be one of the remaining dream matches out there and Lomachenko is very much regarded as one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world right now. Who will come out on top in the battle of the Olympians in this super-featherweight scrap? It's bound to be utterly explosive.
After spending so long as an amateur and racking up two Olympic gold medals, this is only Lomachenko's 11th professional fight. He has only lost once in his short career and that was in his second ever professional fight to Orlando Salido for the WBO featherweight title via decision. Since then, he has scored seven knockouts in his nine victories and the 29-year-old only seems to be getting better and better. The Matrix finished his incredible amateur career in 2013 with an impressive career record of 396 wins and only one loss, which came to Albert Selimov - and avenged that defeat twice. His last outing came against Miguel Marriaga and the seventh round KO went viral for its sheer ferocity. Although Lomachenko desperately wants to avenge his defeat to Salido in the near future, first he must defeat quite possibly the hardest opponent he has ever faced.
No, not Carl Frampton, but Guillermo Rigondeaux is also nicknamed El Chacal, which translates to the Jackal. Like Lomachenko, Rigondeaux only has one blemish on his professional record, and that was in his last outing. Although the Cuban knocked out Moises Flores to move to 17-0, it was later ruled a no contest because of an incorrect referee call. Rigo is 37-years-old - eight years his opponent's senior - and his two Olympic appearances came at the two Games before Lomachenko's. He only has eight more fights in the bank, but his experience is considerable. As an awkward southpaw with a long reach, it's no surprise he has 11 wins via KO and he has held multiple world titles at bantamweight. Still, has he fought someone as explosive as Lomachenko? He's effectively jumping up two weight divisions to make the fight and that could cost him.
The weight difference - or natural weight difference - will surely play a factor. While one could argue Rigondeaux is the more tactically astute boxer, Lomachenko is certainly more ferocious and has the advantage of operating at his ideal weight. He will out-punch and out-work Rigondeaux.
- Both men are two time Olympic gold medallists
- Lomachenko has only lost twice in over 400 fights both amatuer and professional
- Rigondeaux is unbeaten as a professional
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