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Loma vs Rigo prediction: Size matters

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Who would win between arguably the two best technicians in boxing, WBA super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (17-0, 11 KOs) and WBO super featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko (9-1, 7 KOs)?

Loma vs Rigo negotiations are underway and the fight is seemingly close to being signed for December.

As 2-time Olympic Gold medalists, they were two of the best, most accomplished fighters in the entire history of amateur boxing.

And today, they are among the world's best as professionals. So, not only would Lomachenko vs Rigondeaux be historic in many ways, it would be one of the most intriguing match-ups in boxing today.


... However, there is concern about Rigondeaux moving up two weight classes to face his Ukrainian foe.

Loma vs Rigo prediction
WBA featherweight champion Leo Santa Cruz thinks Rigo would be biting off more than he could chew.

"I think Lomachenko [will win] because he's the bigger guy and stronger, “Santa Cruz recently told BoxingScene.com.

"Rigondeaux, I think you can catch him with good shots and drop him. They say that he really don't have that good of a chin. I think Lomachenko is stronger and he can catch him - and really hurt him or drop him."

"I just think Lomachenko is too big for him."

Will Loma's size and perceived strength advantage be too much for Rigo?

Knockdowns
Rigondeaux has been floored a few times yet has always come back strong to win. That's a sign of a fella who can take a good shot.

Age
How old is the Cuban, Guillermo Rigondeaux? Per BoxRec, he'll be 37 in a few weeks (Sep 30) but some surmise he might be a little older. And if he is 37, will age be a factor against the 29-year-old Ukrainian?

ESPN's Teddy Atlas
"I know Rigo's not scintillating or anything like that, but I would love to see him match all those skills with a guy who's also very skillful in Lomachenko," Atlas told FightHype.com in August 2017.

"Rigo is a great counter puncher, a great body puncher, a great defensive fighter...I know he doesn't fight enough, and no one knows how old he really is, but to me it's  it's the most interesting match-up you could make for either fighter at this time."

 
 
Lee Cleveland

Lee is Managing Editor of FightSaga.com, a student of the Sweet Science and longtime boxing fan.


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