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EASY WORK: Lomachenko Has No Problem With Rigondeaux, Who Quits After 6



EASY WORK: Lomachenko Has No Problem With Rigondeaux, Who Quits After 6

I said on the Randy and Gerry Sirius radio show on Friday Vasyl Lomachenko is the most unbeatable fighter in boxing right now.

He did nothing to make me look foolish at the Madison Square Garden Theater, on Saturday evening, in Manhattan, and on ESPN for those not in attendance.

Loma was master of his domain from second one, and had not an ounce of difficulty with Guillermo Rigondeaux. I had Loma winning 6-0, and there was no seventh, because the Cuban didn't come out for round seven.

My left wrist is hurting, he told his trainer and the plug was pulled. His prospects seemed less than dim anyway, but the ending left the fans hooting as Michael Buffer told us the particulars.

Loma is the 130 pound champion, undisputed in my eyes, no matter if he doesn't own every belt.

The joint was packed, 5,102 paid to see the Ukrainian ring master do his majesty.

The judges saw it thusly; Glenn Feldman and Kevin Morgan each gave Rigo the first and nothing after. Steve Weisfeld had a Loma shutout.

Rigo explained that his wrist started hurting in round three, for the record. This is part of why people who picked Loma picked him; Rigo is listed as 37 years old and one gets hurt more frequently when one is older. (Same thing happened with Miguel Cotto the week before.)

Loma came in 9-1, the 1 compliments of Orlando Salido. The Ukrainian hitter was 129 at the weigh-in, and Rigo was 128.4 on Friday.

Rigo said in the leadup that it was no big thing hopping from 122 to 130, and we wondered as we waited for him to stroll to the ring if that would be so.

Loma is maybe the best fighter in the world, technically, but his aura needs to be bult more, he needs to be introduced to more of the masses, especially those coveted casuals. A stunner stoppage, and endless replays on ESPN, would only help that cause, we knew, as we waited for the Cuban defector who makes Florida his home.

In the first, Loma was the busier man. He showed right away his movement is the best in the business. Rigo was Rigo, spare with his launches.

In the second, a right hook by Loma landed pretty clean. They clinched a few times, Rigo didnt like Loma hitting too soon after a break. Rigo held and hit and Loma flurried to end the round.

In the third, Loma threw at half speed a bunch. He does that, just touches a foe. Let the know he can and will, harder, later. The crowd booed Rigo clinching.

In the fourth, Loma was now in a zone. His movement, his footwork, silly-dazzling. Rigo needed to interrupt his rhythm, or try to. Hard to do, I know.

In the fifth, Loma wanted to press more, start the breakdown process to accelerate. They clinched up, as Rigo wanted a break. The left from Rigo was his best. The skirmished after the bell.

In the sixth, ref Steve Willis took a point for holding from Rigo. Loma didn’t need the xtra help, he was master of the domain. There was no seventh, Rigo said no mas on his stool.

Editor/publisher Michael Woods got addicted to boxing in 1990, when Buster Douglas shocked the world with his demolition of the thought to be impregnable Mike Tyson. The Brooklyn-based journalist Woods has covered the sport since then, for ESPN The Magazine,, ESPN New York, RING, and he was editor of from 2007-2015. Woods is also an accomplished blow by blow and color man, having done work for Top Rank, DiBella Entertainment, EPIX, and for Facebook Fightnight Live since 2017. He now does work for PROBOX TV, the first truly global boxing network.