Saturday, April 21, 2018
Close  
  • share this

Lomachenko stops Rigondeaux in bout between Olympic greats

/ 01:07 PM December 10, 2017

Vasyl Lomachenko, of Ukraine, celebrates after defeating Guillermo Rigondeaux during a WBO junior lightweight title boxing match Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

NEW YORK — Vasyl Lomachenko beat Guillermo Rigondeaux on Saturday night when Rigondeaux’s corner stopped the fight after six rounds because the boxer was complaining of pain in his left hand.

Lomachenko was easily winning boxing’s first pro match between two-time Olympic gold medalists when Rigondeaux’s trainers called for the match to be stopped.

They said their fighter told them he believed he broke something in the hand in the second round.

ADVERTISEMENT

Lomachenko (10-1, 8 KOs) earned his seventh straight victory by stoppage and defended his WBO 130-pound title.

And for the fourth straight time, his match ended with his opponent quitting.

“I guess I should change my name now to NoMaschenko,” Lomachenko said.

Rigondeaux lost for the first time in his 18 pro fights and was loudly booed afterward by a crowd that was supporting both fighters early in the match.

But it was quickly apparent that Lomachenko was too much for the 37-year-old Rigondeaux, the 122-pound champion who was moving up two weight classes for the historic match.

Long one of boxing’s best defensive fighters, even he couldn’t find a way to defend himself against Lomachenko’s onslaught.

“He frustrates them, he begins to come on, looks like he’s going to knock them out, they quit because they can’t answer back,” promoter Bob Arum said of the Ukrainian.

ADVERTISEMENT
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.
View comments

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Boxing, Guillermo Rigondeaux, junior lightweight, super featherweight, Vasyl Lomachenko, WBO title
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.
opinion

GMA wins battle for right to travel

April 22, 2018 05:08 AM

newsinfo

This Week’s Festivals: April 15-21, 2018

April 22, 2018 05:07 AM

newsinfo

This Week’s Milestones: April 22-28, 2018

April 22, 2018 05:07 AM

lifestyle

Robert Downey Jr. is Iron Man

April 22, 2018 05:07 AM

opinion

On the road

April 22, 2018 05:06 AM



© Copyright 1997-2018 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved