Rigondeaux: I'm Not a Dead Body Like Other Lomachenko Foes

By Elisinio Castillo

On December 9, Guillermo Rigondeaux (17-0, 11 KOs) is ready to shock the critics when he steps into the ring with WBO super featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko (9-1, 7 KOs) in an ESPN televised main event.

The fight takes place at The Theater in Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Rigondeaux, who holds the WBA super bantamweight title at 122 pounds, is moving up by two full weight divisions to challenge Lomachenko at 130.


Lomachenko has the size and weight advantage.

Both boxers are rated amount the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world. Each boxer has dominated the amateur ranks and won two Olympic gold medals. The contest is a dream fight for most hardcore boxing fans and thought to be impossible to make with their difference in weight.

Lomachenko is a strong early favorite to win the fight, but Rigondeaux is not impressed with his opponents level of opposition or his physical advantages. He has not problem with heading up to 130 pounds, because the majority of his targets at 122 and 126 have rejected the idea of facing him.

"He has fought with inferior boxers compared to who I've faced; As for his stature, almost all of my opponents have been taller than me, and if there is any concern that I'm going up by two weight divisions, it's because nobody wants to fight me at 122 and 126 pounds," Rigondeaux explained to Sports Center.

Rigondeaux is working very hard in camp, with no longer worrying about this weight - as he has eight extra pounds to spare against Lomachenko.

The talented Cuban fighter scoffs at the idea of having any issues with Lomachenko on a boxing level. He feels Lomachenko has faced numerous opponents who were grossly overmatched or improperly trained.

"I will not have problems, he is the one who is going to have them, because I am not like those dead men with whom he has fought," said Rigondeaux.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by HI-TECH Boxing on 10-19-2017

[QUOTE=garfios;18148691]If you get pay for what you do, in this case boxing. You are a professional fighter. Being sponsored is not the same as being pay for a fight. Cuban athletes are being sponsored by their government. Either by giving…

Comment by garfios on 10-19-2017

[QUOTE=Ajvar;18148265]They don't have head gear anymore. And americans are freaked out about paying. I saw a student who was DQ for taking money for food from just a guy nearby hotel. Fking imbecil rules there: you play in college bringing…

Comment by garfios on 10-19-2017

[QUOTE=HI-TECH Boxing;18148432]Maybe that's how it works in Cuba but athletes do get paid to train and compete as amateurs. So should every amateur bout be considered a professional bout now? They wear no headgear and get paid. Also, the WSB…

Comment by garfios on 10-19-2017

[LEFT][/LEFT][QUOTE=steven_z;18146401][COLOR="Red"][B]Most stupid thing I've heard in a while :)[/B][/COLOR] BTW, Loma never worked. So he was professional since the age of 4. Spread the news.[/QUOTE]So you know more than I do. I'm Cuban and play baseball there. So they do…

Comment by HI-TECH Boxing on 10-19-2017

People are calling Rigo the jawbreaker, but how many Jaws has he actually broken? One. Jazza Dickens.. Contrary to popular belief he did not break Amagasa's jaw and orbital bone it just ended up being severe swelling. Or does anyone…

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