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Rigondeaux's Left Hand Bruised, Not Broken, in Lomachenko Loss

By Keith Idec

Guillermo Rigondeaux’s hand wasn’t broken Saturday night.

According to multiple reports, promoter Dino Duva confirmed Tuesday that Rigondeaux suffered a bruise to his left hand, not a fracture, before declining to continue beyond the sixth round against Vasyl Lomachenko in their 130-pound title fight in The Theater at Madison Square Garden. Duva works for Jay Z’s Roc Nation Sports, which co-promotes Rigondeaux.

The 37-year-old Rigondeaux (17-1, 11 KOs, 1 NC), a southpaw, suspected that he suffered a fracture to the top of his left hand in the second round. The Cuban-born Rigondeaux was way behind on all three scorecards when the scheduled 12-round fight ended (60-53, 59-54, 59-54).

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He had grown increasingly frustrated by his inability to land clean punches against Rigondeaux – only 15 overall through six rounds, according to unofficial CompuBox statistics – and employed questionable tactics throughout the bout. Referee Steve Willis deducted a point from Rigondeaux for excessive holding toward the end of the sixth round.

The severity of Rigondeaux’s hand injury aside, the previously unbeaten former WBA 122-pound champion has been criticized for quitting in one of the two biggest fights of his nine-year career.

Ukraine’s Lomachenko (10-1, 8 KOs) was among those that questioned why Rigondeaux didn’t continue, even if his left hand had been fractured (https://www.boxingscene.com/lomachenko-on-rigondeaux-injury-ive-fought-with-one-hand--123297).

Lomachenko went off as a 3-1 favorite, despite the Cuban-born Rigondeaux’s pedigree, because Rigondeaux is eight years older, moved up two weight classes for their fight and had boxed just three combined rounds in the past two years.

Despite Rigondeaux’s disadvantages, their aesthetically disappointing fight drew intense interest among boxing fans because both boxers were considered among the top 10 fighters, pound-for-pound, in the world.

Lomachenko made the fourth defense of a WBO 130-pound title he won by knocking out Puerto Rico’s Rocky Martinez in the fifth round of their June 2016 fight at The Theater.

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

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by KillaCamNZ on 12-14-2017

Probably the end of Rigo. He let his frustration get to him and called it quits, which is something that will certainly tarnish his legacy. As a professional fighters, paid to put on a performance, you'd expect that he empties…

Comment by john l on 12-14-2017

[QUOTE=Redd Foxx;18331186]Do you guys even read what I post before responding? I think Rigo bytched out. I explained what a bruised knuckle is to NSB and I've got 20 guys that have tried to take the convo in 20 diff…

Comment by denium on 12-13-2017

[QUOTE=pesticid;18331665]I don't know if you've read the Rigondeaux book, it's in English, written by Brin-Jonathan Butler. The end of the book will not shock you or surprise you because it's happened before with Cuban athletes but it just shows you…

Comment by monkeyboy on 12-13-2017

I’m not someone who criticizes fighters for quitting when they are overmatched. That being said here is why this left a bad taste. 1) At least give one round of EVERYTHING you have. Take a risk. Empty the gas tank…

Comment by Boxfan7819 on 12-13-2017

Straight Cur

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