Hellraiser Boxing News | Rigondeaux: Moving To 130 Was Only Way To Make This Fight Happen
Guillermo Rigondeaux has been talking about his two weight jump to take on Vasyl Lomachenko. The boxing purist's dream fight is now only five days away!
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There are only five days until the fight that has the die hard boxing fans salivating; double Olympic gold winning duo Guillermo Rigondeaux and Vasyl Lomachenko meet in New York. The pair will facing off for the WBO world super featherweight belt, which has been held by Lomachenko since June 2016. Having never contested higher than the super bantamweight limit Rigondeaux has agreed to come up two weight divisions to meet Lomachenko. Speaking in a conference call with World Boxing News, Rigo explained why,
“I went up to 130 because it was the only way I could get this fight made. I would rather it have been at a lower weight, but I want to show the world that I can do it by moving up two weight classes.”
Lomachenko did seem reluctant to take the fight initially, until Rigondeaux gave a lot of ground, and pestered him non stop on social media. Often a weight jump of more than a division has an adverse affect on a boxer's performance, though the jump from super bantamweight to super featherweight is only 8 pounds, whereas, for example, Amir Khan stepped up two weights to fight Saul Alvarez, it was a 13 pound difference. The extra weight does not seem to bother the Cuban,
“I feel stronger than ever and I am going to do it and do it right. Moving up has had no negative effect whatsoever on my speed or power.”
While Lomachenko is the betting favourite, that by no distance does the magnitude of this fight justice, the only reasons Rigondeaux is less favoured to win is because he's moving up in weight, older by eight years at 37 and has only fought four times since December 2014. Nobody is doubting the talent either of the men have, and Rigondeaux in particular is such an expert defensively that it is entirely plausible he makes Lomachenko miss all night.
It is the first time two Olympic gold medal winners will fight as professionals for a world title, and as the days whittle down into hours until first bell, expect the anticipation to become feverish.
Read the full conference call interview on World Boxing News here.
Posted: 4th Dec 2017
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