Vasyl Lomachenko makes defensive Guillermo Rigondeaux quit in round 6


Two of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the sport will square off inside the Theater at Madison Square Garden in NY on Saturday when Vasyl Lomachenko defends his WBO junior lightweight title against Guillermo Rigondeaux.

He grew increasingly frustrated with Rigondeaux's tactics which included low blows and more clutching and grabbing than throwing punches.

Rigondeaux (17-1) said after the fight that he hurt his hand in the second round and that was the reason he couldn't go on.

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If Rigondeaux is victorious he would become the first reigning 122-pound world titleholder to jump up to 130 pounds and win a world title.

Lomachenko was also ticked off for hitting on the back of the head but with the Cuban skillster ducking so low, the NY favourite had little choice as he was not only looking to draw him into a fight, but also entertain the sold-out Madison Square Garden. Peppered by Lomachenko's punches, Rigondeaux, who probably only landed a number of punches that you can count on your ten fingers, refused to come out in the 7th round saying that he injured his left hand.

"I wanted to fight him when he was at 126", Rigondeaux said. "Now he is at 130 and wants to step in the ring with me because he believes now he has the advantage over me".

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"It's obviously a historic fight", promoter Bob Arum said. It's an insult to every honest professional fighter and fan to see a guy like this with all his ability and skill quit - if that is what happened - because he's getting outboxed and outthought by a better fighter.

"I do give Lomachenko credit though, he is an excellent fighter". 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.

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They were the gold standard. However, just as Lomachenko appeared to be on the verge of administering a beating onto the current WBA super bantamweight champion, Rigondeaux quit on his stool between rounds six and seven.