Vasyl Lomachenko retains his WBO Super-featherweight world title after battling for six hard rounds. His adversary, Guillermo Rigondeaux refused to get up from his stool after the sixth round prompting the referee, Steve Willis to stop the fight.
The highly anticipated bout, which took place at the Madison Square Gardens in Las Vegas, marked a key milestone in featherweight boxing. Arguably the two best fighters of the lower divisions went to head to head to the better fighter was. Rigondeaux, who went up in weight to take on Lomachenko claimed he had injured his left hand and could not continue on the fight. Much speculation has been given to the authenticity of the claim and many fans argue that Rigondeaux could not cope with the frantic movement and agility of his rival and decided to quit. The true reason for a fight is to stay at the end of the fight, but there is no doubt that it will remain the center of discussion for many years to come.
Lomachenko goes on to be recognized as the best p4p fighter in the world and one of the best fighters of our generation. Rigondeaux on the other hand may need to consider hanging up the gloves. At 37 years of age, it really begs the question, how much more does it have to offer in this brutal sport?