Lomachenko Looking To Make Rigo Quit
Vasyl Lomachenko wouldn’t be surprised if Guillermo Rigondeaux decides to quit the same way that Nicholas Walters did in 2017.
The confident southpaw said Wednesday that he thinks he’ll make Rigondeaux quit in the 130-pound title fight Saturday night at the Theater at Madison Square Garden. Walters much like Rigondeaux, was unbeaten when he got in the ring with Lomachenko a year ago in Las Vegas,. Lomachenko was dominating Walters in the first seven rounds and Walters declined to continue.
The two-time Olympic gold medalist from Ukraine will try to finish Rigondeaux in a similar manner.
“I’m not gonna be surprised if he’s gonna quit,” Lomachenko said before an open workout Wednesday at Mendez Boxing Gym.
Rigondeaux has more overall skills than Jamaica’s Walters or Jason Sosa, whose trainer, Raul Rivas, decided he had enough after nine non-competitive rounds April 8th.
The Cuban southpaw while 37 years old, has completed just three combined rounds in the two years since he out-boxed the Philippines’ Drian Francisco in their 10-rounder on the Canelo Alvarez-Miguel Cotto undercard in November 2015. Rigondeaux also has moved up two weight classes, from 122 pounds to 130, to challenge Lomachenko (9-1, 7 KOs) for his WBO super featherweight title in the main event of a six-bout card in The Theater at Madison Square Garden.
Even though he feels he can make Rigondeaux quit, Lomachenko respects the ability that has helped shape his fellow two-time Olympic gold medalist into one of the best boxers, pound-for-pound, in the sport.
“He’s very smart, he’s fast, he has ability and he has a lot of skills,” Lomachenko said.
“This is the reason this bout was made.”
Lomachenko declined to address if he wants to “embarrass” or “humiliate” Rigondeaux for the statements the Cuban fighter has made in interviews and social media posts.
“It’s very hard to talk about what’s gonna happen and how it’s gonna be,” Lomachenko said. “So let’s wait until December 9th.”