Vasyl Lomachenko stops Guillermo Rigondeaux to retain WBO world title

Vasyl Lomachenko stops Guillermo Rigondeaux to retain WBO world title

Lomachenko thus retained his WBO world super featherweight title and settled the question of who is the best fighter between two combantants who each had won two gold Olympic medals.

There was an undoubted feeling that everyone had been short-changed, that no matter how bad the Cuban's claimed injury was, he should have shown resolve and fought on.

It was a huge anti-climax to the highly-anticipated bout between two Olympic gold medallists, with Rigondeaux moving up two weight classes to take on his opponent. Though, disappointingly, Rigondeaux looked a beaten man from around the fourth round - he was completely outclassed by his opponent.

The 37-year-old, who was warned by the referee several times for foul play, began telling his trainer after the third round that his left hand and wrist hurt. Lomachenko landed 55 punches overall while Rigondeaux landed just 15.

On BoxNation's coverage of the fight, commentator Barry Jones was especially scathing of Rigondeaux's decision to give up.

Both fighters were trying to get their timing, Rigondeaux was standing in the middle trying to counter, while Lomachenko was using his legs and movement to confuse the Cuban defector.

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It's the biggest fight of your life. "Now he is at 130 and wants to step in the ring with me because he believes now he has the advantage over me". "Two great, great fighters with two unbelievable pedigrees facing each other".

I can't swallow that it's the hand.

A product of Cuba's storied amateur program, Rigondeaux won more than 450 amateur fights and is a two-time Olympic champion, having won gold in 2000 and 2004.

They fight Saturday at the Theater in Madison Square Garden for Lomachenko's 130-pound title, a popular pairing for fight fans who marveled at their mastery of the craft back when the prizes were medals around their necks, not belts around their waists. That's the phrase a frustrated Roberto Duran famously said when he quit during his second fight with Sugar Ray Leonard.

Last night was the fourth fight in a row where a fighter has quit on his stool against the 29-year-old Lomachenko.

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