Junior featherweight world titleholder Guillermo Rigondeaux has never had an easy time getting fights.
Vasyl Lomachenko's symphonic footwork was in full display Saturday night at Theather at Madison Square Garden as he danced to throw a jab, double jab, uppercuts and quickly encircle the confused Guillermo Rigondeaux who interrupted Lomanchencko's attractive music by his ugly clinching.
The fight, and three other bouts on the card, will air on ESPN and ESPN Deportes beginning at 9 p.m. ET with the entire card streaming live on the ESPN App beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET.
"I lost, no excuses", Rigondeaux said through a translator.
The Ukrainian refused to take too much credit for the victory - which was also Rigondeaux's first defeat after rising two divisions from super-bantamweight - when asked if he should now be regarded as the Fighter of the Year. I had felt his style, I knew what he could do.
Legendary boxing promoter Bob Arum described Lomachenko as "unbeatable" and questioned whether Rigondeaux had "hurt his hand in the dressing room" after the Cuban failed to land many blow on his opponent during the match. "And we tried and we tried and we tried and he wouldn't step in the ring with me".
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Rigondeaux who previously said he was not impressed by Lomachenko's skills, praised Lomachenko after the fight as "a very technical fighter, very quick and very explosive".
Said Alex Bornote, Rigondeaux's trainer: "This is the fight the fans want to see and he has to go up two weight classes to do it".
Vasyl Lomachenko (10-1-0, 8 KOs) made a statement by making one of the most avoided boxers quit and adding to his growing legacy. "I injured the top of my left hand in the second round". I am at 122.' It is on video on YouTube.
Although the fight was highly anticipated, and it was the first time in boxer history where a pair of boxers who are two-time Olympic gold medalists collided in the ring, Lomachenko does not view the end-result as a big win for his career.
They were the gold standard.
But sometimes an extraordinary athlete comes along in boxing who not only wins Olympic Gold twice, but goes on to dominate the professional game, if that's ever been done even.