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 on: December 09, 2017, 08:36:41 PM 
Started by The Hurricane - Last post by The Hurricane
Even though Sjekloca isnít a natural 175 fighter it was still impressive of Yarde to stop him in four rounds given the guys heís gone the distance with in the past.

 on: December 09, 2017, 08:31:26 PM 
Started by The Hurricane - Last post by Dexter_Morgan
Yarde looking very good. Fast powerful fighter.

 on: December 09, 2017, 03:02:15 PM 
Started by The Hurricane - Last post by Red
Looking forward to the big one.

Forecast a chess match though..

 on: December 09, 2017, 01:22:46 PM 
Started by Dexter_Morgan - Last post by wbamitch
Great fight, still has that level of excitement for me. Of course we're looking forward to the skillsets being pitted against each other but I think quite a lot are expecting this to break out into an exciting fight. Perhaps a cagey start, I hope for and I'm going to predict that Rigondeuax does have some early success with that sniper left hand of his which is definately hurtful and I feel he can defintely ping the attack minded Lomachenko a fair few times. Intrigued to see Lomachenko's reaction to this if he can go through a period of frustration and pain and then still look to come on, imposing his size and the high volume of output that I will think will ultimately tell the difference in this fight. You do really have to consider Lomachenko's momentum and breaking down successive opponents compared to that of Rigo.

Lomachenko's youth and activity compared to Rigondeaux who has barely had rounds really is a stand out point in this one, Rigo may be better but Lomachenko is still exceptional and you really would have liked Rigondeaux to had some form coming in to this one. Rigo's last deep fight was on the undercard of Cotto/Canelo a couple of years ago which was one of his poorer showings. He looked sharp and menacing against Dickens and Flores in very brief fights, there's a lot of factors that are pointing towards Loma in this fight who you feel is certainly more likely to forge a better career and have more meaningful fights from this point.

I really like and have marvelled at both guys, both are greats. As much as I will continue to watch Lomachenko fights with great anticipation i'm going to be rooting for Rigo to pull a special performance out the bag. I really hope he's at least sharp and makes it competitive for the first half of the fight, really pushing Lomachenko but it would be special if he gets a victory here and in the eye catching manner a few are punting on and feels he needs to get the victory.

I think Loma will take it on a clear points decision or late stoppage, multiple shots rather than the single shots will win the day in this one I feel. As I've said I do hope the underappreciated Rigondeaux can pull this one off, really gettting a stand out victory to shut a few people up.

Can't wait.

 on: December 09, 2017, 09:05:50 AM 
Started by Dexter_Morgan - Last post by Dexter_Morgan
I don't think the layoff will matter with Rigo. Now the weigh in is past the size difference at weigh in isn't as big as I first thought. I think Rigo has a real chance here he looks focused looks like he's put the work in. Its a huge ask but he might well pull off the shock.

I think and hope this might turn into an all out war.

 on: December 08, 2017, 05:31:26 PM 
Started by Dexter_Morgan - Last post by Gaz
Don't know why but I'm favouring a Rigo KO. Depends if his power does carry up to Loma's weight class but Rigo is a real sniper with that left hand. The way he dealt with Donaire having jot fought anyone close to that level at that point in his career was just sensational. Lomachenko is probably a different level even from Donaire, I get that, but I do have a feeling Rigo can nail him. As good as Lomachenko's movement and reflexes are he's not unhittable, and Rigo is a totally different proposition from the likes of Sosa, Martinez and even Walters .

It is a phenomenal fight and we are privileged that these guys are putting their skills up against each other for our entertainment. Out of the two of them I think Rigo is the one who's under the radar somewhat despite the fact he has the same ridiculous level of talent as Lomachenko. I do have a hunch and have done all week that Rigo is going to do something shocking in this fight and cause a sensation by leading Lomachenko on to something.

It seems like an insane thing to side against the guy who has lost twice in over 400 amateur and pro fights I get that. I really cannot wait for the fight now but as it stands, the gut feeling for me is a Rigo sensational stoppage win.

 on: December 08, 2017, 11:21:22 AM 
Started by The Hurricane - Last post by The Hurricane
Another weekend with a lot going on and Loma v Rigo is obviously the big one.

Stephen Smith is fighting Vargas on the Salido v Roman undercard which seems to have largely gone under the radar but is being shown on Sky.  Also on that card is Tevin Farmer v Kenichi Ogawa.  Ogawa is 10/1 for the win and 33/1 to win on points.  It's a bit of a punt but those odds look way too long to me so I've had a few quid on both.

It's hard to get much excitement about the BN card in the evening but Yarde is fighting Sjekloca on it and that might give a better idea of where he is at compared to his previous fights.

 on: December 08, 2017, 09:02:30 AM 
Started by Dexter_Morgan - Last post by ChicagoFightFan
The odds are stacked against the Cuban, aren't they?

For that reason alone, I will be pulling for him. Insane power when he needs it.

 on: December 08, 2017, 07:58:15 AM 
Started by dmp - Last post by ChicagoFightFan
I watched it. Cotto demonstrated all the symptoms of a fighter gone on one fight too long, and it was almost like the ideal defeat to bow out with in a way. He was shown how far he's slipped from his peak but hasn't taken too much damage during the fight for it to have a lasting effect on him physically beyond this point. At the end of the day though, his reflexes and ability to pull the trigger clearly weren't what they used to be, he was rocked a number of times and he lost a close ish but clear decision to a guy he would have chewed up in his prime. That's the ideal way to realise that this game isn't for you anymore, definitely not at the top level anyway so it's a fantastic call by Cotto to call it quits now.

Fantastic fighter, one of my all time favourites if not the number one (that's favourite, not necessarily the best) in my lifetime of watching the sport. The first fight I saw of his was Ricardo Torres, which pretty much tells you all you need to know about how much you could be on the edge of your seat watching the guy. It's a shame that the interest in him has gradually lessened over the last 3 or 4 years given everything he's contributed to boxing, but at the end of the day he can walk away with history on his side as Puerto Rico's first 4-weight world champ, he's been in with everybody and been a significant attraction for a large portion of his career, so he can definitely walk away happy with his lot.

It's been a privilege to watch him, just a shame the opportunity never came to be at the arena for one of his fights.

Like your post. Disagree with the majority of the content in terms of Cotto slipping in the very end of his career, but I do relate to your admiration and respect for a favorite fighter.

I would argue that what you consider to be a shattered form happened way ... way ... way before this last fight. New York Puerto Ricans sort of always kept him relevant. Fun fighter, but he was far from a legend after he left light welterweight. The narration by the boxing media has always pissed me off. "Margarito ended him with gloves made of metal". No one ever mentions the fact that Margarito lost to Paul Williams - handily. Let alone the fact that there is no proof that Cotto lost because of plaster wraps. His face looked doubly F***ed up after losing to Manny Pacquaio.

With that said, I still appreciate a well supported -- or clarified -- post in boxing debate.

For me, Cotto always reminds me of -- Paul Williams  and Sergio Martinez-- fighters that I feel were slighted. One beat the man that beat an early Cotto under the same circumstances that were said to have been impossible. The other had a fight when he could barely stand because of injuries. Martinez never copped to the injuries -- possibly because of contractual reasons -- and is barely a mention on the boxing radar. Yet, I think that he would have danced circles around Cotto years before.

Cotto had his place in boxing history, but his most notable portions of his career will do nothing more than remind me of ht hypocrisy of the boxing business.

 on: December 07, 2017, 04:02:36 PM 
Started by glenn_user - Last post by Kevan2
4 ROUND fighter at best. As long as the opponent lets him lay on him for 2 rounds.
  I'd love for him to go in and try to K.O. From the start. He has a punch that is equal to being kicked by a shire horse so use it.

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