Aftermath: Lomachenko vs Rigondeaux
Guillermo Rigondeaux's withdrawal after six rounds against a masterful Vasyl Lomachenko has got the whole boxing world talking. Shaun Brown, Callum Rudge, James Oddy and Colin Harris dissect 'No más-chenko' and the other big fight talking points ...
BM: What do you make of Rigo's 'no más'?
SB: "I’m not mad I’m just disappointed.” No ambition, constantly spoiling and realised very early on that he could do nothing against Lomachenko. He took five rounds to land something semi-meaningful and he bailed because he had no answer. One man wanted to fight, one didn’t. Lomachenko, perhaps, didn’t give him the opportunity but in the biggest fight of your life you see it through to the bitter end.
CR: It was massively disappointing, I can’t see how he hurt his hand, he barely threw it! Rigo was never in the fight, after the first round he couldn’t cope with Lomachenko’s footwork and was being peppered with shots. Rigo barely let his hands go - he was awful.
JO: It was disgraceful really. I don't judge fighters who retire with catastrophic injuries (internal or external) but Rigo wasn't even being beaten up, just outboxed. I know he was citing a hand injury but in your defining pro fight, you couldn't keep going? In a way an appropriate end to a frustrating career.
CH: A sad probable end to a career which promised so much but never fully lived-up to the level it should have done. Too much inactivity, too many times Rigo was in the "everything to lose, nothing to gain" category, too many times he boxed beautifully but was "boring"... It was actually sad to see him give away everything to make the contest happen, then be "the opponent".
BM: With Andre Ward retired does Lomachenko ascend now to P4P number one? Or does Golovkin or Crawford hold that honour?
SB: I think there is a legitimate argument for Lomachenko to be pound for pound number one. He has handled good, threatening fighters with relative ease minus Salido. I still have Golovkin as number one however with Lomachenko at two and Crawford underneath. I simply think that Golovkin has beaten the greater threats in his division and I include Canelo in that.
CR: Ward’s retirement created a big gap at the top of the pound-for-pound rankings with several highly touted contenders jostling for position but all of them lacking depth to their record. Lomachenko is probably the most skilled fighter in the world and now has the big win to make a genuine claim. At this point I would probably have Crawford as No. 1 but wouldn’t argue with any other suggestions.
JO: Skill-set wise he is the pound for pound number one. His resume is solid as well but the manner in which he forces some very, very tough men to simply give up speaks volumes about just how much of a challenge he is.
CH: It's between Lomachenko and Crawford for the number one P4P spot, with GGG in third.
BM: Where next for both men?
SB: Lomachenko will carry on through the weights and who knows where it will stop. On paper Loma could have his pick at 135lbs but fights against Linares and Garcia, should he have interest in fighting back there, will be difficult to make for a variety of reasons. And who remains for him then? Easter Jr? The former two fights have to be made for anything remotely resembling a threat to be posed to Loma. As for Rigondeaux he needs to retire and go away with his tail and preferably docked purse between his legs. I never want to see him fight again.
CR: While Lomachenko was impressive last night I’d like to see him fight people his own size, his last few fights have been versus people a lot smaller than him and a fighter of his level shouldn’t have to do that. His pound for pound predecessors Pacquiao and Mayweather moved through the divisions and beat people bigger than them regularly. Lomachenko is good enough to do the same.
JO: I don't see any way back for Rigo. He and professional boxing have never got on and this really has to be the end for both parties' sake. As for Loma, the sky is the limit. The biggest problem may be who is willing to fight him rather than who he should fight.
CH: I'd be surprised if Rigo fights again at the top level, and if he does back at 122lbs I don't see much longer in his reign. As for Lomachenko we're at a point where with Salido now retired he's only got the options of a unification or moving up a division. Personally I'd like to see him unify at 130lbs, but that means he'll probably go for the WBO belt at 135lbs.