Friday, 08 December 2017 11:36

Lomachenko vs Rigondeaux weight limit on fight day imposed

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We are three weeks away from perhaps one of the most epic match-ups in boxing history, Ukrainian Vasyl Lomachenko (9-1, 7 KOs) will face Cuban Guillermo Rigondeaux (17-0, 11 KOs) at Madison Square Garden in New York City on December 9.

Both southpaws, they share four Olympic gold medals between them and are regarded top 10 pound-for-pound fighters.

At stake will be Lomachenko’s WBO super-featherweight (130 lb) title.

Lomachenko vs Rigondeaux weight
Of course, critics of this showdown are concerned because Rigo is moving up two divisions, inisting it's not a true 50-50 situation. However, if there's any consolation, a weight-limit deal is in the contract:

Neither fighter can weigh more 138 pounds at 9 AM on the day of the fight, Saturday, Dec 9.

“Rigondeaux’s team broached the subject when we were negotiating the fight, so we went to Lomachenko and Egis [Klimas – manager of Vasyl] and they said they had no problem with it, so it’s in the contract,” top Rank's Moretti told ESPN.

“And then we in turn asked that Rigondeaux run no more than three miles inside the ring the night of [the] fight.”


So what if a fighter weighs more than 138 at the weight check?

A hefty fine will be imposed on him.

Lomachenko vs Rigondeaux (stories)
December 9, 2017
Madison Square Garden
New York City

Broadcast: ESPN
Division: Super featherweight
Title: WBO (Lomachenko defending)

Lomachenko will still be the naturally bigger, heavier man on fight night but his size advantage won't be as huge as Orlando Salido's was when he narrowly defeated Loma a few years ago. Salido, then 33, failed to make weight and was stripped of his belt at the weigh-in. He was 128¼ pounds, well over the 126-pound limit. And he weighed 11 pounds more than Lomachenko at the start of the contest, having rehydrated all the up to 147 lbs.

Does size matter? It seemed to in Salido vs Lomachenko.

Good move
It was wise for Team Rigo to implement the weight stipulation becuse its guy will already be the naturally smaller fighter and you don't want Loma to blow up in weight after the weigh-in, adding more to his natural size advantage (a la Salido).

"When [Donaire] fought with Rigondeaux, he weighed [142 when he entered the ring], Flores [was 141]. So with Lomachenko at 130 (and no more than 138 the morning of the fight), despite the fact that the Ukrainian does not go to the fight with [such a big weight or size advantage], we should get a great fight," Pedro Diaz, Rigo's trainer, told Mundo Boxing.

Leroy Cleveland

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