Leo Santa Cruz: Lomachenko is Too Big - He Beats Rigondeaux!

by Radio Rahim

If a deal is finalized, the month of December could have one of the most interesting fights of the year.

There are ongoing discussions to finalize a deal where WBA super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (17-0, 11 KOs) would move up by two weight divisions to challenge WBO super featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko (9-1, 7 KOs).

The bout would match up two boxers who are regarded as two of the best amateur fighters in history. Adding to that, each boxer has won Olympic gold on two occasions - setting up what may be the very first time where two, two-time Olympic gold medal winners have collided in the ring.


Rigondeaux is considered most experts to be the top fighter at 122-pounds, while Lomachenko is viewed as the top man at 130-pounds. The man who is currently regarded as the number one fighter at 126, the division between the two previously mentioned weights, is WBA featherweight champion Leo Santa Cruz.

Santa Cruz is confident Lomachenko will come out on top in that fight. He feels Lomachenko is just too big and too strong for the much smaller Rigondeaux. While Lomachenko has the edge with a few inches in height and certainly some additional size, the interesting thing is Rigondeaux is listed as having the longer reach, at 68 inches to Loma's 65.5.

Santa Cruz is also concerned with Rigondeaux's ability to take a good punch. The talented Cuban fighter has been knocked down in several fights.

"I think Lomachenko [will win] because he's the bigger guy and stronger. Rigondeaux, I think you can catch him with good shots and drop him. They say that he really don't have that good of a chin. I think Lomachenko is stronger and he can catch him - and really hurt him or drop him. I just think Lomachenko is too big for him," Santa Cruz told

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Wyldewynde on 09-14-2017

[QUOTE=wrecksracer;18029392]I don't think I've ever seen an entire weight class move up to avoid one guy. Frampton, Santa Cruz, and Quigg. Business men.....not champions. Not one of them liked their chances vs Rigo. Their fans totally looked the other way.[/QUOTE]…

Comment by NELSONMELENDEZ2 on 09-09-2017

Since when is this coward the person to ask or listen to? Ask him why he will fight neither.

Comment by DuckAdonis on 09-09-2017

If that is the only factor then why dont you go and fight Rigo Leo ? Oh yeah... you would get your jaw broken :)

Comment by wrecksracer on 09-09-2017

I don't think I've ever seen an entire weight class move up to avoid one guy. Frampton, Santa Cruz, and Quigg. Business men.....not champions. Not one of them liked their chances vs Rigo. Their fans totally looked the other way.

Comment by Boxing42 on 09-09-2017

[QUOTE=AdonisCreed;18029106]Leo Santa Cruz makes a good point but he wouldn't dare fight Rigo, so he's not allowed to have an opinion on this fight. He should focus on the Frampton trilogy.[/QUOTE] You wouldn't dare to fight anyone so you don't…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (17)
Top Headlines Jose Zepeda Now Working With Freddie Roach at Wild Card Photos: Shakur Stevenson, Sosa, Cornflake, Teslenko - Weights Photos: Jennings vs. Dimitrenko, Hart vs. Gavronski - Weigh-In Video: Deontay Wilder 45-Minute Interview on Fury, Joshua, More Juanma Enters Trainer Mode, Seeks a Final Career Fight Deontay Wilder Views Fury as Perfect Opponent For Big Fight Jack Culcay vs. Rafael Bejaran Set For September 22 Wilder: Joshua is Old News, Fury is True Champion in The UK Photos: Tyson Fury in Much Better Shape For Pianeta Fight Wilder-Fury Promotion Begins With 'Confrontation' in Hotel Lobby Bryant Jennings: Wilder is Biggest Puncher, Ortiz Best Technician Fury: Wilder, Joshua Are Bums, Not A Boxing Brain Between Them Tyson Fury Weighs In at 258 Pounds For Francesco Pianeta Fight Canelo: GGG's Power Respectable, But I Showed I Can Take It Haye: If Fury is 'Back' - He's Not an Easy Fight For Wilder, Joshua Cancio: I Don't Think I've Hit My Prime Yet, But I'm Starting To Luke Jackson Vows "Real Life Rocky" Shocker Over Carl Frampton Murat Gassiev Dealing With Shoulder Injury, May Have Surgery Paddy Barnes Embraces Underdog Odds in Rosales Title Fight Bellew: Wilder Will Knock Fury Out in Three Rounds or Less! Jeyvier Cintron, Luis Lebron Get Opponents For Sept. 1 Show Hart: Ramirez Doesn't Want to Fight Me; Rematch Won't Happen Chavez Sr: Canelo-Golovkin Has High Possibility of KO Ending Deontay Wilder: The Fury Fight is Real, The Fury Fight is On Photos: Cancio-Zenunaj, Kamegai-Vendetti - ESPN Weigh-In Verdejo: Chemistry With Cotto is Very Good, I'm Eager To Fight Joe Joyce Excited With Al Haymon Deal, Plans U.S. Debut Subriel Matias, Breidis Prescott - Face To Face in Puerto Rico Tyson Fury Reveals Secret Meeting With Bellew, Hearn's Plan Photos: Jesse Hart vs. Gavronski, Shakur Stevenson Final Presser Jon Fernandez vs. O’Shaquie Foster Tops ShoBox Triple, Sept. 21 Photos: Bryant Jennings, Alexander Dimitrenko - Face To Face Canelo: One-Year Layoff Won’t Affect Me At All Against Golovkin Porter Has Serious Doubts That Danny Garcia Will Go Toe To Toe Selina Barrios vs. Patricia Juarez on September 22 in Texas Tyson Fury: Joshua Wouldn't Fight Me For Any Amount Of Money Photos: Carl Frampton, Luke Jackson - Final Press Conference Jackson, Coach Inspired By Alvarez's Knockout of Kovalev Photos: Shawn Porter Putting in Work For Danny Garcia Eddie Gomez Signs With Split-T Management

Latest Active Forum Threads