Thanks for clicking the email. One thing I have to apologize for right away is how hard I tried to sell that fight to you guys last week vs. how big of a disappointment it was. I’m talking about the fight between Vasyl Lomachenko vs. Guillermo Rigondeaux. It was supposed to be an intriguing match up of styles, but truthfully it was massively disapointing.
Two of the best amateur boxers ever. Rigondeaux had won two Olympic Gold medals for Cuba. Lomachenko had won two Olympic Gold medals for Ukraine. Stylistically both slick and known to be hard to figure out.
Well all that didn’t end up making for a good fight. At all. And all the shame goes to Rigondeaux. Rigondeaux did well in the first round but after that it didn’t end up being the that highly skilled, tactical match up we thought it would be …or even the display of two guys in the sport that posses superior defensive skills.
Lomachenko never fell for any of Rigondeaux’s traps. Rigo does so well from distance and making guys miss or over extend. Loma didn’t fall into those traps. Rigo found himself leaning over for much of the fight to be out of the way of Loma’s punches but when ended up happening was Rigo put himself so low that the was unable to really do anything, land any punches. That and a whole lot of clinching up with Loma. The effort being to get the distance again when the ref had them break.
But that didn’t really work. Rigo was frustrated beyond anything we’ve ever seen from him before. We’re talking about flustering one of the best amateur boxers of all time (read: highly skilled*). It got to the point where Rigo didn’t get up from the stool after round 6. He stated broke/fractured/hurt his hand owie :'( but a lot of people called BS on that. Even if you hurt it man, boxers fight through, what are you doing?
It get’s worse. After a few days and x-rays, it turns out it wasn’t broken, it wasn’t fractured. Who hasn’t been in a fight or a sparring session and your hands don’t hurt a bit? Purely an exit excuse. All shame.
*being a great amateur relies a lot on pure skills. short fights, smaller margin of error, so guys that are at the elite level in their amateur careers possess the sharpest skills and or brains (doesn’t guarantee brawn or balls though)
Fights on TV This Weekend
At Lancaster, Calif. (Fox Sports 1/Fox Deportes):
- Jessie Vargas vs. Aaron Herrera, 10 rounds, welterweights
- Diego Chaves vs. Jamal James, 10 rounds, junior middleweights
- John Molina Jr. vs. Ivan Redkach, 10 rounds, junior welterweights
- Oyewale Omatoso vs. Freddy Hernandez, 8 rounds, welterweights
I think on this card the fight that I might enjoy the most is John Molina Jr. vs. Ivan Redkach. Looks like they have Molina on the A side and Redkach on the B side but this will probably be more contested than the rest. Look for a possible Redkach upset.
At Laval, Quebec (HBO):
- Billy Joe Saunders vs. David Lemieux, 12 rounds, for Saunders’ WBO middleweight title
- Antoine Douglas vs. Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan, 10 rounds, middleweights
- Cletus Seldin vs. Yves Ulysses Jr., 10 rounds, junior welterweights
- Batyr Jukembayev vs. Wilberth Lopez, 10 rounds, junior welterweights
I’m all in on David Lemieux on this one, I don’t really like Saunders much.
Honestly guys if you’re gonna pass, pass on this weekend. Go watch Star Wars or something. That’s fine. I worked so hard trying to convince you watch the Loma-Rigo fight on ESPN and that was a dud, so I’m not really going to expend any energy trying to get you to watch this weekend.
And the bummer about this all is my disappointment in Rigondeaux should not take away from how great Lomachenko is. And he’s just getting started. He’s 10-1 (stayed amateur for a long time, turned pro late in life) and he’s running through every division he’s been in and moving up in weight when there’s no one left that wants to fight.
Next for Lomachenko?
He’s been saying for a while he wants to go up in weight again and fight Mikey Garcia. That will be interesting. Stay tuned. Much to write about if that develops.