At the Madison Square Garden Theater in New York, NY, Saturday promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank presented Two 2-Time Olympic Gold Medal boxer’s in southpaw WBO Super World Featherweight champion Ukrainian Vasyl “High-Tech” Lomachenko, 10-1 (8), of Oxnard, CA, and WBA Super World Super Bantamweight champion easily won every round stopping Cuban southpaw Guillermo Rigondeaux, 17-1 (11), of Miami, FL, at the end of 6.
WBO Super World Featherweight champion Ukrainian southpaw Vasyl “High-Tech” Lomachenko, of Oxnard, CA, defended his title easily defeating the WBA Super World Super Bantamweight champion Cuban southpaw Guillermo Rigondeaux, of Miami, FL, at the end of the sixth. Rigondeaux was embarrassed with his showing by the superior Lomachenko.
In the first round Lomachenko is moving around Rigondeaux using his jab. Rigondeaux landed his first punch a left to the head of Lomachenko. Rigondeaux was warned by Referee Steve Willis for holding. Rigondeaux keeps his hands high making it difficult for Lomachenko to get thru. Though Lomachenko didn’t land much more than a jab he controlled the round. In the second round Rigondeaux bent over while inside leaving himself open was caught with a good right hook to the head. The jab of Lomachenko started to bother Rigondeaux. Rigondeaux was warned again for holding but he kept it going holding Lomachenko ehind the head. Lomachenko landed a good left hand ending the round. In the third round Rigondeaux seemed frustrated with the boxing lesson Lomachenko is giving him. He is holding and bending over trying to avoid the jab and movement of Lomachenko. In the fourth round Lomachenko used a double jab completely frustrating Rigondeaux. Rigondeaux finally landed a left uppercut. Then was warned for a low blow. Lomachenko landed a combination to the head of Rigondeaux easily winning another round.
In the fifth round once again Referee Smith warned Rigondeaux for holding. Lomachenko is making Rigondeaux look like an amateur. In the sixth round Lomachenko showed his superior speed. Referee Willis finally took a point from Rigondeaux for holding. Lomachenko landed a good shopping left to the head of Rigondeaux. The style of Lomachenko continued to look like one of the two best boxers in the world. Rigondeaux claimed to have a bad left hand and quit in the corner.
2016 Olympic Silver Medalist southpaw Shakur Stevenson, 4-0 (2), Newark, NJ, stopped Oscar Mendoza, 4-3 (?), Ventura, CA, 1:32 of the second round.
In the opening round the taller Stevenson dominated the first round with every punch looking to hurt Mendoza. In the second round three vicious body shots and a left to the head and it was stopped. Why they put in such a short mediocre opponent is not smart. Referee Sparkle Lee wisely stopped the fight.
“I want to first thank God and also the people of Newark, NJ”, said Stevenson.
Super featherweight Bryant “Pee Wee” Cruz, 18-3 (9), of Port Chester, NY, was stopped by Chris Diaz, 22-0 (14), PR, at 0:30 of the third round.
In the first round Diaz landed a combination to the head of Cruz and was countered with a right from Cruz. Diaz landed a short right hand scoring a knockdown over a Cruz jab. Referee Harvey Dock administered the 8 count. Cruz came back landing a good straight right to the head of Diaz. In the second round Cruz dominated with his jab thru the first half of the fight until a vicious left hook to the side of the head from Diaz dropped him for a second time taking his feet out from him. One of the games top referee’s Harvey Dock asked him if he was okay as the bell sounded ending the round. In the third round a Diaz left and right to the head of Cruz and down he went. The left had him going down, the right was not flush. Referee Dock immediately waved it off.
I want to thank my two trainers, my mother and dad, my grandfather,” said Diaz.
2016 Olympic Bronze Medalist Featherweight “Irish” Mick Conlan, 5-0 (4), of Ireland, dominate Luis Molina, 4-2 (3), of ARG, over 6 rounds.
In the opening round Conlan used a good left hook to the head of Molina. The taller Conlan went to the body and head of Molina who countered with a right hand. In the second round Conlan turned southpaw with his hands down using an effective jab on Molina. He followed up with a lead left to the head of Molina. In the third round still with his hands to his side Conlan is having his way with the inexperienced Molina. Halfway thru the round he started going to the body of Molina. He would switch back and forth to orthodox. Molina hardly was able to land a punch.
In the fourth round Conlan continues to dominate Molina and even showed his ability to avoid punches from Molina. In the fifth round Conlan continued giving a beating to Molina. He hasn’t gone past three rounds until this fight. Referee Arthur Mercante, Jr., has warned Conlan several time about low blows. In the sixth and last round Conlan continued his domination going the distance for the first time in his young career.
All 3 Judges scored it 60-54 as did this writer.
“I felt comfortable in there. He was a tough kid and I hurt my knuckle in the third round. I look forward coming back here for my next fight on March 17th,” said Conlan.