The eagerly anticipated technical super-fight between WBO junior lightweight world champion Vasyl Lomachenko (10-1-0, 8 KOs) and Cuban phenom Guillermo Rigondeaux (17-1, 11 KOs) came in like a lion this weekend but went out like a lamb Saturday night when Rigo quit on his stool after six rounds as seen live on ESPN from MSG in NYC. While he cited a hand injury, it was a largely one sided affair with Lomachenko bedazzling the shorter fighter like he’s done to his last few opponents to earn the TKO victory.
After an uneventful first round the product of Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi, Ukraine took over and peppered Rigo who just looked to clinch.
With each round the fleet footed Lomo switched angles and rained down shots on the Cuban. While he was never hurt, Rigondeaux looked out of answers in the sixth when he finally lost a point for holding.
He went back to his corner and seconds later they started to cut his gloves off citing an injury to his left hand. It wasn’t the brilliant chess match boxing fans were hoping for, but it was a definitive win for multi-faceted Lomachenko who retained his WBO junior lightweight title with the win.
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