“Does He Think He Has 4 Hands?”
This weekend’s fight between Vasyl Lomachenko and Guillermo Rigondeaux could provide the exclamation point to a statement that a subculture of boxing purist have reiterated time and time again.
Most fans of Rigondeaux feel that he has been “blackballed” by promoters, networks and others in the boxing industry. It is a valid argument that has merit.
There is the antithesis point to that argument that Rigo is as much to blame for the path of his career as well. That argument to has merit in that it is his career and some feel he has allowed others too influence his decisions.
However, what can’t be denied is his talent. He possesses elite level skills that are rarely seen in the sport of boxing as does his upcoming opponent. He has his detractors that call him boring to watch. He was recently asked about this his response was:
“People who say that [my style is boring] have never stepped foot in a ring before and have never taken a shot in the head. Boxing is an art form. Hit your opponent and make sure they don’t hit you. That’s what boxing is supposed to be.”
He isn’t the first fighter to be labled as such and surely won’t be the last. His fight this weekend will without a doubt be the biggest of his career and as he told The Undefeated, he has no doubt his “boring style” will do him just fine:
“People think I’m crazy because I took on this fight. I moved up two weight classes because nobody in my weight class wants to fight me. I guess I can’t blame them. He [Lomachenko] says he’s going to kick my a–. I just laugh that off. Does he think he has four hands? He has two just like me. He’s a two-time Olympic gold medalist? Great! So am I. We’ll see what he’s really made of on Dec. 9th.”