Arum: Lomachenko Will Stop Rigondeaux By 9th or 10th Round!

By Keith Idec

Vasyl Lomachenko’s promoter expects him to demoralize Guillermo Rigondeaux, similar to the way he broke Nicholas Walters’ will a year ago.

Bob Arum predicted the Ukrainian southpaw not only will beat Rigondeaux on Saturday night, but will stop the unbeaten Cuban or make him quit. The Top Rank founder made the prediction while speaking to Foo Fighters guitarist Chris Shiflett on the avid boxing fan’s podcast, “Walking the Floor.”

“I look for Lomachenko to knock Rigondeaux out or stop him or make him quit [by the] ninth, 10th round, something like that,” Arum said. “Rigondeaux’s a tremendous fighter, but Lomachenko’s the best fighter I’ve seen.”


The 29-year-old Lomachenko (9-1, 7 KOs) is nearly a 4-1 favorite over the 37-year-old Rigondeaux (17-0, 11 KOs, 1 NC) in advance of their 12-round fight for Lomachenko’s WBO super featherweight title. They’re set to meet Saturday night in a main event ESPN will televise from The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York (9 p.m. EST/6 p.m. PST).

Rigondeaux has moved up two weight classes, from 122 pounds to 130, to challenge Lomachenko.

Arum anticipates a dominant performance from Lomachenko in this bout between a pair of two-time Olympic gold medalists. He thinks he’ll press to beat the confident Rigondeaux by knockout, much like he did when he encountered Jamaica’s Walters (26-1-1, 21 KOs) in November 2016 in Las Vegas.

“The difference between [Rigondeaux] and Lomachenko is Lomachenko has all the skills in the world and piles up points, but he’s always looking for how he can destroy his opponent,” Arum said. “In other words, Lomachenko knows that he’s piled up enough points, he can coast in the fight and win. He doesn’t wanna do it because from the opening round, when he feels out his opponent, it’s always with the idea that he’s either gonna destroy the guy or make him quit. A different mentality.”

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by jackblack008 on 12-11-2017

[QUOTE=j.razor;18301280]Walters didn't throw any punches. Rigondeaux ain't just gon sit there like Walters did....[/QUOTE] Hey bud, all good there?

Comment by BrometheusBob. on 12-09-2017

The funny thing is that this means he actually respects Rigo as an opponent. If Rigo was a bum perceived to have no shot of winning, he'd get defensive and talk about how good Rigo is and say he doesn't…

Comment by wlad1111 on 12-09-2017

[QUOTE=Bronx2245;18311537]You may be right about Rigo, but Loma is still "that guy." Now Loma is the "bigger" guy, so let's see if he can bully Rigo. I doubt it![/QUOTE] He doesn't need to bully him, he will outwork him

Comment by Bronx2245 on 12-08-2017

[QUOTE=wlad1111;18309094]Yeah a guy who was bigger than him and the guy who got away with punching below the belt. Rigo is getting destroyed this Saturday.[/QUOTE]You may be right about Rigo, but Loma is still "that guy." Now Loma is the…

Comment by wlad1111 on 12-07-2017

[QUOTE=Bronx2245;18301439]The guy that got bullied by Salido? Yeah, that guy![/QUOTE] Yeah a guy who was bigger than him and the guy who got away with punching below the belt. Rigo is getting destroyed this Saturday.

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