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Lomachenko-Rigondeaux is a boxing lover’s dream

Lomachenko-Rigondeaux is a boxing lover’s dream

By James Bell


Being someone that has followed the sport of boxing for many years, I appreciate the instances of pure art within it. I almost always go by the saying “hit and not get hit” when it comes to watching boxers in the ring, and over the period that I have watched boxing (going on 20 years) I have given favor to the fighters that utilize defensive skills in order to have an advantage over an opponent. Pernell Whitaker, James Toney, Bernard Hopkins, Floyd Mayweather, and 2018 Hall of Fame inductee Winky Wright are boxers that are listed as my favorites because of their ability to see punches coming and either block or dodge them then respond with a counter. Those instances make their opponent reluctant to throw punches like they want to, which gives them the upper hand in the fight.

Now as we look forward to December 9th, we may witness two of the most skilled fighters in the sport today. Vasyl Lomachenko will be defending the WBO super featherweight championship against Guillermo Rigondeaux in Madison Square Garden, and the winner would be considered by many as the best pound for pound fighter in the sport. While both fighters may not have extended professional records, their history as amateurs show why many hardcore fans are anticipating this matchup.

Rigondeaux came into the professional ranks as a two time Olympic gold medalist from Cuba, winning the medals in 2000 and 2004. He also was the two time AIBA world champion, three time IBA world champion, and seven time national champion in Cuba. “Rigo” left the amateur ranks as one of the greatest boxers of that era and that carried over to the professional ranks as he has never lost and collected world championships in the super bantamweight division. His defense and counter-punching ability is rated by many as the best in boxing.

On the other side, Lomachenko has an amateur career that either mirrors or surpasses Rigondeaux’s depending on who you ask. “Loma” has two Olympic gold medals from 2008 and 2012, and is also a two time AIBA world champion and has a European amatuer championship. He has one of the most impressive amateur records in history and took on challenges right when he turned professional and fought for a world title in his second pro fight. He has won a world title in the featherweight division and as mentioned before is a super featherweight champion. Boxing purists admire his method of attack as he throws with speed and his timing throws off many of his opponents.

When you combine the offensive prowess of Lomachenko and the defensive mastery of Rigondeaux together, it has the makings of a great fight that people would be talking about for a long time. Let’s just hope that the fight lives up to our expectations.

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Lomachenko-Rigondeaux is a boxing lover’s dream
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