Vasyl Lomachenko vs. Guillermo Rigondeaux Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 12/9/17
Rigondeaux vs. Lomachenko
Boxing: Saturday, December 9, 2017 (The Theater at Madison Square Garden)
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Vasyl Lomachenko and Guillermo Rigondeaux fight Saturday at The Theater at Madison Square Garden for the WBO junior lightweight title.
Vasyl Lomachenko enters this fight with a 9-1 record that includes seven knockouts. Lomachenko has won his last eight fights, and he’s coming off a August win over Miguel Marriaga. Lomachenko will fight for the third time this year and will be defending this belt for a fourth straight fight. Lomachenko is a 29-year-old southpaw who stands at 5’6” and has a 65 inch reach. Lomachenko hasn’t missed a beat since turning pro in 2013, and his only loss was a 2014 controversial split decision to Orlando Salido. Lomachenko is the total package, as he has the high boxing IQ, great footwork and is one of the best in the business at boxing from a distance, allowing him to dictate the pace of the fight. Lomachenko is also a highly effective counter puncher due to his head movement and ability to slip punches. Lomachenko makes a strong case as the best pound for pound fighter in the sport if he can get this victory. This will be Lomachenko’s second fight in New York.
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Guillermo Rigondeaux enters this fight with a 17-0 record that includes 11 knockouts. This will be Rigondeaux’s third fight since 2016, and he’s coming off a June no contest against Moises Flores. Rigondeaux has boxed just one round since July of last year and has a shot at probably the biggest win of his career. Rigondeaux is a Cuban southpaw who stands at 5’4” and has a 68 inch reach. Rigondeaux is widely considered one of the top defensive boxers in the sport, as he does a good job of getting in and out and rolls his shoulder well. Rigondeaux is also a really accurate and powerful puncher who has stopped six of his last 10 victories. Rigondeaux has a really strong left hand and has hurt a lot of his opponents with a powerful blow to the body. When he wants to push the pace offensively and make his opponent uncomfortable, Rigondeaux is capable of being a balanced fighter who can end things on his terms. This will be Rigondeaux’s third fight in New York.
This is just another great fight in what has been a hell of a year for the sport of boxing. These are two of the more decorated amateurs in the sport who both have olympic gold medals, and there will be even more doors opened up for whoever wins. As for picking a winner, there are a couple of things working against Rigondeaux. One, he’s moving up from 122 pounds to 130 pounds, a massive jump that can’t be ignored. Also, while he’s a terrific defensive fighter, Rigondeaux can be dropped when he is tagged, as Hisashi Amagasa, Nonito Donaire and Ricardo Cordoba have all knocked him down. That’s not good when fighting a guy as smart and skilled as Lomachenko, who also has power punching power than most of his previous opponents.
I have to side with Lomachenko to win this fight.