Lomachenko Not Happy With His 2017
WBO super featherweight champion, Vasyl Lomachenko dismissed any idea of being named “Fighter of the Year” following his technical-knockout victory over Guillermo Rigondeaux.
While his promoter Bob Arum, announcers and many in the boxing community lavished praise onto Lomachenko’s performance against Rigondeaux, Lomachenko wasn’t overly impressed with what he had accomplished.
Lomachenko was as quick as anyone to point out that Rigondeaux moved up two weight classes for their title fight, from 122 pounds to 130. The previously undefeated Rigondeaux declined to continue after six monotonous rounds because he said he hurt his left hand.
When asked if his third TKO victory of 2017 warrants winning “Fighter of the Year” awards, Lomachenko said, “No.”
A reporter reminded Lomachenko that he recorded three wins this year, but Lomachenko isn’t impressed.
“So what?,” Lomachenko said.
“Not three big wins. It’s not big for me because [he’s] not my weight, [he’s] not my size. It’s not a big win for me. Maybe it’s a big win for people who love boxing, but not for me.”
Ukraine’s Lomachenko (10-1, 8 KOs) was comfortably ahead on all three scorecards when their fight was stopped (60-53, 59-54, 59-54). Rigondeaux, a two-time Olympic gold medalist from Cuba, lost for the first time as a professional (17-1, 11 KOs, 1 NC).
Lomachenko’s previous fight, a one-sided defeat of Miguel Marriaga, was stopped following seven rounds in August of 2017.
Like Rigondeaux, Marriaga moved up to 130 pounds to challenge Lomachenko. Unlike Rigondeaux, Marriaga was coming off a loss to WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez, who beat Marriaga by 12-round unanimous decision in April.
In his first fight of 2017, Lomachenko handled former WBA super featherweight champion Jason Sosa until Sosa’s trainer, Raul Rivas, stopped that fight following the ninth round.
The 29-year-old Lomachenko hopes to start off 2018 with a high-profile fight against a top opponent, perhaps WBC lightweight champion Mikey Garcia.
“I want a big fight,” Lomachenko said.
“I want a big name. But, you know, guys, I’m ready for anybody. I’m ready.”