Rigondeaux’s Former Manager Is Concerned With Lomachenko Fight
The former manager of WBA super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux, Gary Hyde, thinks that his former charge has made a potentially costly mistake accepting a fight to move up by two weight divisions to challenge WBO super featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko.
Hyde believes that making this type of jump at 37 years old is giving up too much for this fight scheduled for December 9th at the Theater at Madison Square Garden.
Hyde confesses that if he were still guiding Rigondeaux’s career he would never have agreed to a fight that would have is fighter jumping up over the super bantamweight limit, especially since the Cuban fighter never walked around at anything higher than 128 pounds between fights.
When speaking to the Boxing News, Hyde explains that this is a big mistake.
“If I was still ‘Rigo’’s manager, this wouldn’t be happening… He can give Lomachenko problems, but he’s giving away too much. ’Rigo’ is giving away weight and years to a fighter who’s very, very special – and much bigger as well… Rigo’ can get down to 118-pounds and all the time I managed him, I never knew him go above 128-pounds. If Lomachenko was being sporting, he would say: ‘Let’s meet at 126-pounds.’ People are saying it’s a great, great fight and it is – if you support Lomachenko. ‘Rigo’ should not fight him.”
According to Hyde, this may be revenge by Lomachenko’s promoter Top Rank’s Bob Arum…
“’Rigo’ has beaten so many Bob Arum fighters – and I think he wants his scalp. I remember Bob Arum telling me: ‘Nobody will ever beat ‘Rigo’ – and now he’s found someone who has a chance – but he’s two weight divisions bigger. If, God forbid, Lomachenko beats ‘Rigo’ easily, people will be saying it’s because he was too big and that’s why I’m saying the fight shouldn’t happen.”