Guillermo Rigondeaux to Jump TWO Weight Classes to Fight Lomachenko
Sometimes people have to go to extraordinary lengths and take incredible chances in order to have a shot at being called the best. Guillermo Rigondeaux certainly recognises a challenge when he sees it, hence why he’ll be moving up two weight classes to face the ever-terrifying Vasyl Lomachenko.
Rigondeaux is absolutely no slouch when it comes to fighting, as anyone who watched the 2000 Sydney Olympics and 2004 Athens Olympics will know the Cuban professional took home a gold medal for each appearance. Rigondeaux would later defect from Cuba in 2009, would be lauded by veteran boxing coach Freddie Roach as “probably the greatest talent [he’s] ever seen.”
Indeed, Rigondeaux is a boxer to be feared, holding a professional record of 17 wins, 0 losses and 1 no contest, having won 11 of those bouts by knockout. He will face stiff competition however in Vasyl Lomachenko, who has been referred to by pundits as one of the most talented boxers to enter the ring since Muhammad Ali. Lomachenko boasts a record of 9 wins, 1 loss, with 7 of his wins being via knockout.
Boxing pundit Brin-Jonathan Butler believes that Rigondeaux is not one to be counted out in this fight, regardless of the weight difference between the two men. “With Rigondeaux’s accuracy, stepping up two weight classes might not be as much of a handicap as people are saying. The calibre of the bullet isn’t all that important if it arrives where you want it to,” Butler said while being interviewed by foxsports.com.au.
“The Rigondeaux I watched at the 2004 Olympics was the most talented, complete fighter I’ve ever seen in my life. Five years later when Freddie Roach saw him, he told me ‘Rigo’ was the most talented he’s ever seen,” he continued.
“Rigondeaux still might have more power than Lomachenko and Lomachenko’s never fought anyone in his life with less room for error,” Butler said.
“It’s not that I don’t believe ‘Loma’ is an extraordinary fighter. I just think what makes this contest so extraordinary is the fact that both men, when the bell rings, will be standing across from the toughest opponent of their career,” he said.
“Both men will encounter a skill set and boxing IQ that are among the greatest in the history of the sport.”
Given just how talented Vasyl Lomachenko is, Rigondeaux will have his work cut out for him, but Butler believes he’s more than up to the challenge. A win here would push Rigondeaux further into the spotlight as one of the most talented fighters in the world right now.
“This fight is his passport to the Hall of Fame if he can dominate,” Butler concluded.