Vasyl Lomachenko has awesome new nickname after making Rigondeaux quit


Vasyl Lomachenko continued his meteoric rise up the boxing ladder, retaining his WBO junior lightweight title Saturday night after challenger Guillermo Rigondeaux quit on his stool after six rounds.

Rigondeaux, 37, a Cuban defector fighting out of Miami, Florida, said he has wanted to fight Lomachenko when he held a featherweight world title before moving up in weight but could get nowhere with the match.

"Maybe I should change my second name, now my name is 'No Mas Chenko", said Lomachenko, 29, who extended his record to 10-1.

The fight will be the first time in history that a pair of two-time Olympic gold medalists will fight each other as professionals.

The expectant Madison Square Garden crowd was far from happy with the outcome as Rigondeaux joined Miguel Marriaga, Jason Sosa and Nicholas Walters in withdrawing once they had tasted Lomachenko's speed, skill and strength. Considering that according to Compubox, Rigondeaux landed no more than three punches in any round, it was hard to understand how he had sustained the injury.

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The reason, is because Rigondeaux is actually a super bantamweight and fights at 122-pounds and went up by eight pounds to 130 to take the fight.

Cuba's Rigondeaux (17-0, 11 KOs), a defensive wizard who doubles as arguably boxing's most avoided fighter, will be moving up two divisions from 122 pounds where now he holds a title.

Lomachenko lost his second pro fight to veteran Orlando Salido but then won a world title in his next bout by beating Gary Russell.

Rigondeaux (17-1, 11 KOs), who had a point deducted for repeated holding, claimed after the battle that he injured his right hand in the third and couldn't continue. I wouldn't say this about any professional usually but he doesn't deserve his purse; people have paid to watch this between two supreme masters of their trade.

"This is not his weight so it's not a big win for me", Lomachenko, who won gold medals at the Beijing and London Olympics, told reporters. He was complimentary of Lomachenko, saying he is "very technical, very quick, very explosive".