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Lomachenko vs Rigondeaux on Kwesé Sports

Lomachenko vs Rigondeaux on Kwesé Sports

15:30 SAST | 29 Nov 2017

If you're a boxing fan you're in for a major treat come 10 December when Kwesé Free Sports brings you the much-anticipated Lomachenko/Rigondeaux battle (KFS, 10 December at 5:30 CAT). Both fighters are two-time Olympic gold medallists and are two of the most celebrated amateur boxers of all time. The legendary Roy Jones Jr. has called the fight, "the best paper made fight ever", alluding to the fact that both men have great fight credentials and are pound-for-pound considered two of the best in the world.

Guillermo Rigondeaux was born and raised in Cuba before defecting to the US in 2009 to pursue a professional career. Since then he's gone unbeaten in 17 fights, eleven of those knockout, fighting in the super bantamweight (55 kg) and super featherweight (59 kg) divisions. Renowned boxing trainer Freddie Roach lauded Rigondeaux as, "probably the greatest talent I've ever seen."

Vasyl Lomachenko, like fellow great Wladimir Klitschko, is from the Ukraine - which has a history of producing tough-as-titanium fighters. Although Rigondeaux has a WBA title in the super bantamweight division, he'll be moving up to super featherweight to take on Lomachenko, who is the WBO champion. The Ukrainian, at 29, is eight years younger than Rigondeaux (37) and has suggested that the Cuban is slower than he used to be, hyping his chances by saying he'll "destroy" Rigondeaux.  

Rigondeaux is known for his wiliness in the ring, earning the nickname 'El Chacal' (Jackal). Some have even labelled his clever defensive techniques as "boring". Lomachenko, on the other hand, is more attacking and dynamic and will feel the Cuban out in the first few rounds before chasing him with some powerful combinations. Up till now Rigondeaux's opponents have found it almost impossible to land combinations against El Chacal, such is the Cuban's skill in evading punches. Rigondeaux is also very good at going for the body, hurting opponents when and where they least expect it. He has knocked down many an opponent, and bigger ones too, with a well a well-aimed blow to the body.

The pundits are already debating how the fight will go, as the boxing world gets psyched up for one of the sport's most eagerly anticipated match-ups. Loma vs Rigo has all the makings of a great fight, and certainly one for boxing connoisseurs - those who appreciate the finer points of the sport. Boxing isn't only about punching power, it's also about contrasting styles, playing to your strengths, skillful defense, marshalling your resources, and scoring points with the judges.

Don't miss Loma vs Rigo - it's for the experts and it's for the fans. (KFS, 10 December at 5:30 CAT).

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