Rigondeaux Suffered Bruise, Not Fracture To Hand
According to promoter Dino Duva, Guillermo Rigondeaux suffered a bruise to his left hand, and not a fracture as previously reported. The hand injury came before Rigondeaux declined to continue beyond the sixth round against Vasyl Lomachenko, in their 130-pound title fight in The Theater at Madison Square Garden. Duva works for Jay Z’s Roc Nation Sports, which co-promotes Rigondeaux.
The 37-year-old Rigondeaux, suspected that he suffered a fracture to the top of his left hand in the second round. The Cuban-born Rigondeaux was way behind on all three scorecards when the scheduled 12-round fight ended (60-53, 59-54, 59-54).
He had grown increasingly frustrated by his inability to land clean punches against Lomachenko, which were only 15 overall through six rounds, according to unofficial CompuBox statistics.
The severity of Rigondeaux’s hand injury aside, the previously unbeaten former WBA 122-pound champion has come under criticism for quitting in one of the two biggest fights of his nine-year career. One of the biggest critics being his opponent, Lomachenko who questioned why Rigondeaux didn’t continue, even if his left hand had been fractured.
Lomachenko went off as a 3-1 favorite, despite the Cuban-born Rigondeaux’s pedigree, due to Rigondeaux being eight years older, moved up two weight classes for their fight, and had boxed just three combined rounds in the past two years.
With the victory against Rigondeaux, Lomachenko made the fourth defense of a WBO 130-pound title he won by knocking out Puerto Rico’s Rocky Martinez in the fifth round of their June 2016 fight at The Theater.