Lomachenko Training For Career Defining Fight
Vasyl Lomachenko, is training for what is the fight of his life against Guillermo Rigondeaux, in a defense of his WBO super featherweight championship.
The bout, scheduled for December 9th at the theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City, will see Rigondeaux who holds the WBA’s super bantamweight world championship move up by two weight classes to challenge Lomachenko.
In an interview with ESPN Deportes, Lomachenko thinks his opponent will look to go twelve rounds on December 9th.
“I think he will fight like he’s in his last match, he will try to run, to keep a distance and then the punches will come. I have not seen him be very aggressive [in his fights].”
Lomachenko and Rigondeaux are widely considered to be two of the best amateur fighters in boxing history. Each boxer has two Olympic gold medals around his neck and have earned professional accolades on the way to December 9th, which is why Lomachenko feels like he needs to showcase and work on all of his skills.
“I’m training all of my punches, I do not like just polishing one, because it does not make me interesting. I like to show people that boxing is full of possibilities and you can do different things,” Lomachenko said.
Egis Klimas, Lomachenko’s manager expects the start slow and then really heat up as the contest continues.
”It’s a chess game, they’re two high-profile fighters, I do not think it’s going to be an aggressive fight, they’re going to try to feel each other out, it’ll be boring at first… maybe for the first and second round, but then it’ll be interesting.”
“For people who understand boxing – this will be a good fight, but for mediocre people who do not know about sports and like the Mexican style where only punches are exchanged, they will not enjoy it.”
A win would open up some big doors for Lomachenko, but he’s not thinking about the future.
“I do not like to think about the future, I am focused on December 9. I make my career for my family, for myself, for leaving a legacy.”