Almost every fan in attendance, and those that were watching across the globe expected a much better outing for Guillermo Rigondeaux. Most expected the fight would not start out with a lot of action because both fighters were touted for their cerebral styles, and defensive proficiency.
After the first, both fighters were taking their time to feel out their opponent and try to create an opening in the other fighter’s defense. However, Vasyl Lomachnko impressed with a TKO victory after he made his opponent quit in sixth and seventh round.
In Round 2, Loma was starting to walk Rigo down and unload some good shots. Most of them were not connecting cleanly, but it was apparent that Vasyl was going to use his youth and size advantage against Rigondeaux.
Round 3 was more of the same. Lomachencko was controlling the pace and making Rigondeax fight faster than he normally gets to. At that time I was almost floored by what I was witnessing; Rigondeux, the two-time Olympic gold medalist, one of the best pound for pound fighters in the world, and the same man that put an end to reign of Nonito Donaire, had absolutely no counter to the aggression of Vasly Lomachnecko. In the following round, it was the same exact story. Lomachenko proved too big, too athletic, too confident and too skilled for Rigondeaux to stand a chance.
By the end of seventh Rigondeaux called it quits and decided to throw in the towel. After the fight, his camp reported that Rigondeaux injured his left hand in the fight to a point where he could not continue. Following this fight two things are clear. Lomachenko is the best fighter in the world now that Andre Ward is retired, and Rigondeaux never had any intentions of winning this fight.