Lomachenko forces Rigondeaux to quit

WBO super featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko dismantled Guillermo Rigondeaux, before the Cuban threw in the towel.

In the first professional bout ever between a pair of two-time Olympic gold medalists, it was Lomachenko who emerged victorious to inflict a first pro defeat on Rigondeaux.

The bout was brought to a halt when Rigondeaux quit at the end of the sixth round, in front of a sell-out crowd at New York’s Madison Square Garden.

Defending champion Lomachenko dominated from the opening bell, with his quick hands and footwork simply too much for Rigondeaux.

The Ukraine fighter was able to land uppercuts and combinations, with Rigondeaux never connecting with more than three punches in any of the three rounds.

Rigondeaux hurt his hand during the second and spent much of the fight holding – an offence which saw him docked a point in the sixth.

Eventually, the 37-year-old had had enough of the onslaught and quit on his stool, as Lomachenko cemented his reputation as the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world.

“I lost but it was because of my hand, in the second round I injured the top of it and I could not continue,” said Rigondeaux.

“He is very technical, very explosive. I will come back and fight anybody, there are no excuses.

“It wasn’t about the weight, it was just about the hand injury. I give Vasyl credit though, he is an excellent boxer.”

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