Vasyl Lomachenko Vs Guillermo Rigondeaux – Preview and Prediction

One of the matchups of 2017 sees two of the most technically gifted fighters active in the sport of boxing of today go head to head for the WBO world super featherweight title in Madison Square Garden, New York this weekend.

Vasyl Lomachenko Vs Guillermo Rigondeaux is simply a matchup for fans of the sweet science of boxing, a fight for those who really enjoy the technical and thinking side of the sport, a fight for the boxing purists.

Therefore if an all-out war with blood and gore is what you crave this fight may not be your cup of tea, this is more likely to fight like a game of chess than a war of attrition.

Both of these men conquered the sport on an amateur level before turning professional, both have two Olympic gold medals to vouch for that. However, it was the older Cuban defector Rigondeaux who turned professional first, at 29 years of age in 2009.

Since then he has gained a reputation for being the most avoided fighter on the planet, his career has been plagued with difficulties in getting big fights, which has ultimately led to him moving up two weight divisions to land just that. At 37 years of age you have to question how much he now has left in his career, but a win this weekend will cement his legacy as one of the best fighters of an era.

Lomachenko is fresher to the professional ranks and younger, having only been a professional for 4 years and this is actually only the 29-year-olds 11th fight as a professional, however, 10 of those fights would have been to contest for a world title. One thing different between the two is that Lomachenko has tasted defeat as a professional against Orlando Salido, Rigondeaux is yet to taste defeat as a professional.

The bookmakers have Lomachenko as a heavy favourite, Guillermo Rigondeaux can be had for as big as a 4/1 underdog at some books, many would feel that is a price that should be taken on such a talented fighter, however, I am not convinced he can overcome such a big jump up in weight.

Rigondeaux has jumped up in weight from 122 lbs to 130 Ibs for this contest, that is a huge jump up in weight against such a talented fighter in Vasyl Lomachenko who has already shown has significant power at 130 lbs and is now very established at that weight.

If your looking at skill vs skill it really is a pick em type fight but when you throw in the weight and age factor I really do have to now side with Vasyl Lomachenko to be victorious this weekend.

Rigondeaux has nearly always been the smaller man in fights, it is something he has been used to most of his career but being the smaller man and then jumping up 8 lbs in weight is on another level in my opinion and I believe it will be the defining factor in this fight.

Also, I believe he is facing a fighter not only established at the weight that not only matches him on a technical level but also will hit harder and has a much higher punch volume than him, Rigondeaux has not shown the most solid of chins in his career and has had to get up from the canvas to win fights on a few occasions, my fear for him here is if he is hurt badly at any point in this fight I don’t believe he is facing a fighter who will let him off the hook.

I think there is a strong possibility that Rigondeaux could be stopped in this contest and that is the prediction I am going with, however not with complete confidence because I am well aware of the ability of Guillermo Rigondeaux and a man with that much talent cannot be completely written off.

Ultimately however at 37 years old and with such a big jump up in weight against a guy like Lomachenko this is too much of an ask even for a man of Rigondeaux’s talents. I am expecting Lomachenko to ease into the fight early and begin dominating more and more as the rounds pass, leading to a late stoppage win for the Ukranian Lomachenko.

In terms of betting the fight, I am probably going to sit this one out and just enjoy the masters of the sweet science at work. However, for those that do want to bet the fight, my personal preference would be to put the most stake on a Lomachenko KO/TKO victory at evens but cover the bet with Rigondeaux to win at 4/1.


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