We’ve learned a lot in the world of boxing lately. We learned that Wilder needs some better competition (we all hope it’s Anthony Joshua). We learned that UFC fighters can –seemingly—crossover. We learned that Canelo doesn’t lose in Vegas. But we are eager to learn more … So, what’s next on the horizon for the boxing world?
Top Upcoming Fights:
- Daniel Jacobs vs. Luis Arias at the Nassau Coliseum on HBO this Saturday, Nov. 11th
- Sergey Kovalev vs. Vyacheslav Shabranskyy at Madison Square Garden on the 25th of November.
- Vasyl Lomachenko vs. Guillermo Rigondeaux in Madison Square Garden for the WBO World Super Feather Weight Title on December 9th.
I am particularly excited to watch and analyze the super featherweight title fight between two gold medalists at the top of their game. This fight makes sense; these two need to fight each other. One of the things that people keep saying of Lomachenko is that without denying his raw talent, you can’t say that he is the best because he still hasn’t really fought enough quality fighters. Well, Rigondeaux is definitely someone with universal public approval on quality level.
Rigondeaux is a slick, crisp counterpuncher that could create problems for Vasyl Lomachenko, who is almost always moving forward. Albeit, moving forward via matrix like side-hopping and sliding movements that create amazing angles. But against Miguel Marriaga we started to see ‘Chenko get hit. Guillermo Rigondeaux is a superb defensive fighter that will stick you with left-hands strait down the pipe once he measures out your distance and timing.
Lomachenko has a couple of serious advantages though. The first being that he is naturally a much bigger person than Rigondeaux. The second is almost counter-intuitive to the first: He is probably the fastest fighter Rigondeaux has ever fought (at least with the feet and body movement). And thirdly, Lomachenko loves to outpunch his opponents. He attacks in elongated flurries. If it goes to the cards, this could very well work against the Cuban, who could end up looking more ‘inactive’ to the judges.
The flurries and even beautifully deceptive style are not what worries me with regards to Rigondeaux. He’s that type of experienced Cuban fighter that is not easily shaken or put off his gameplan. It’s something much harder to train for size advantage. Rigondeaux is a smaller super featherweight and I’m not sure he’ll be able to last against the bigger Russian. Not only is ‘Chenko fast, his size and accuracy will make these some of the harder punches that the Cuban fighter has ever had to deal with.
Not everyone is leaning on Lomenchenko to win this.
“Rigondeaux is one of the best defensive fighters I have ever seen; Lomachenko is one of the best offensive fighters I’ve ever seen.” – Freddie Roach
Roach went on to say that Lomenchenko can’t do his normal showboating against a guy like Rigondeaux and that he does like the Cuban to win. Other ringside experts brought up similar points in favor of the Cuban as well. Conversely, just as many if not more speak of Vasyk Lomachenko’s talent just being too much for anyone right now.
The Russian phenom is a -550 favorite at Bovada , making him the overwhelming five-to-1 favorite in this fight. So, this is where we learn what Lomachenko is really made of. Will his size, speed, and blindside attack angles be too much for arguably the best defensive fighter in the game right now? Should he be in this conversation of best fighter pound-for-pound in the world? Not if he doesn’t have a decisive victory over Guillermo Rigondeaux