Looking at the combined Rigondeaux Lomachenko amateur records and pedigree makes you realise what a special professional fight it will be.
At long last, the battle between arguably the two best amateur boxers ever, Ukraine’s Vasyl Lomachanko (9-1 7KO) and Cuba’s Guillermo Rigondeaux (17-0 1NC 11KO) will meet in a professional title match in the Theater Room of Madison Square Garden.
It’s a match that die hard boxing fanatics have yearned for quite some time due to the contrast between the two fighters styles yielding almost identical results.
Lomachenko, who as a pro is the World Boxing Organization’s (WBO) junior lightweight champion, compiled a stunning amateur record of 396-1 with his only to Albert Selimov, being avenged twice.
Rigondeaux’s amateur record is an equally astonishing 463-12, not losing a match since 2003 and the World Boxing Association (WBA) “Super” and lineal super bantamweight champion.
Both men have each won two Olympic gold medals and a virtual king’s ransom of gold medals from a variety of amateur world championship tournaments.
If you add both men’s amateur careers together you get an incredible 859 wins.
Lomachenko’s “Hi-Tech” nickname stems from the near unstoppable offensive momentum he sustains in nearly every match.
His extreme hand speed and footwork combined with an endless array of angles and arcs to attack from have also led his fans to dub him, “The Matrix.”
He has one loss in a disastrously officiated and handled bout to Mexican contender Orlando Salido (44-13-4 1NC 31KO), where Salido hit Lomachenko with low blows throughout the contest without penalty and came in at near welterweight limits for a featherweight title match.
Salido was stripped and earned a split decision win over Lomachenko. As impressive as Lomachenko’s offense is, the defensive capabilities of Rigondeaux are already legendary.
Being known for exceptionally hard to hit in the ring, a training session with Irish fighter Katie Taylor, his elusiveness triggered the fellow gold medalist to exclaim afterwards:
“It was like sparring with a ghost.”
While being dropped twice on his way to victory over Japanese journeyman Hisashi Amagasa (33-6-2 21KO), his guard and deceptive power and counterpunching make him over the last couple years, one of boxing’s most avoided fighters.
Rogondeaux is still undefeated as a professional with his only blemish being a KO after the bell to Moises Flores on the Sergey Kovalev-Andre Ward 2 undercard June 17th.
Originally a KO victory for Rigondeaux, it was evident that the punch came unintentionally after the bell and has since been ruled a no contest decision.
Flores and his team had unsuccessfully appealed for Rigondeaux to be disqualified, and a rematch has been ordered but is now most likely postponed.
Lomachenko’s last bout was on ESPN against Columbian Miguel Marriaga (25-3 21) where Lomachenko had a very brave Marriaga completely out of his element.
At one point of the match Lomachenko, who was showboating, signalled to Marriaga that he was putting himself in the corner, a particularly bad place for any fighter to be and challenged him to meet him there.
Marriaga did land a few shots and with a head-butt had opened a cut on the top of Lomachenko’s left eye.
“He overwhelmed me with pressure…he dominated the fight,” Marriaga said of Lomachenko after the bout.
The fight seems perfect for where the two fighters are at this point in their respective careers.
Rigondeaux has been looking for worthy challengers willing to face him, and his last couple bouts he’s tried instilling some flair in his fight game to deride critics that his style is dull and unwatchable.
He’s proven too good as he completely outclassed Flores and knocked him out in one round and his previous opponent before that, Britain’s Jazza Dickens(22-3 7KO) didn’t last much longer as Rigondeaux smashed his jaw in two rounds for a stoppage victory.
Lomachenko has since steamrolled competition from his loss to Salido. Every fighter from the talented and then undefeated Gary Russell (28-1 17KO) to Roman Martinez (29-3-3 17KO) to knockout artist Nicholas Walters (26-1-1 21KO), who Lomachenko made quit on his stool, have been completely blown away by the Ukrainian phenom.
Boxing in 2017 gets better and better still, Lomachenko vs Rigondeaux is on!