By Jonathan Harris – At a time in boxing some would call the “Glamour era” where popularity and personality makes a fighter a public centrepiece, where certain boxers like Anthony Joshua bring in fans who are obsessed with fighters flourished with glory, fame And a flawless record, we take a look at the masters of the sweet science who can be glossed over and go unrecognised through a reason that doesn’t really have an answer as to why.
In just over 2 weeks we head to the event that takes place inside the squared circle that has every ingredient to make the most purified, technical fight in the history of the sweet science, a fight almost guaranteed to be inscribed into the history books.
Vasyl Lomachenko (9-1-0), the man who in my opinion has the ability to transform the face of boxing, with his exquisite style and work rate that is a thing of beauty to anybody that appreciates the sport of boxing, with his phenomenal ability to use angles and his footwork that will leave you questioning whether or not you actually just observed such magnificence.
In the opposite corner you have Guillermo Rigondeaux (17-0-0) the man that seems to have all recognised fighters in his division avoiding him like the plague, this of which seems to be a big factor in him having to take such a dangerous fight two weight classes above his normal fighting division. A huge risk but something the heavy-handed Cuban is not in any way intimidated by, Rigondeaux has an incredible ability to avoid getting tagged with lightning-fast reactions and counter punches that leaves his opponents frustrated and anxious.
The thought of these two fighters coming together for the ultimate clash of expertise have had boxing fans indulging in the fantasy of the fight for a long time, but with the fight so very near, fans around the world are all asking the same questions. Why is the promotion and media coverage of this fight almost non-existent?
Here we have two fighters that have earned their keep in almost every fans top 10 p4p list and also highly placed in Ring magazine and espn’s top 10 p4p fighters at the moment, The statistics of both Rigondeaux and lomachenko’s amateur careers should be enough to promote the fight alone, without even the mention of their purity as professionals, inside the ropes on December the 9th will be a combined amateur record of 859 fights with just 13 losses and 4 Olympic Gold medals which in anyone’s eyes is an admirable combination, Masters of their trade in the professional and amateur fight world.
As boxing fans we know that the crowd can be fickle, promoters can get lazy, Politics is rife and fighters can struggle to make themselves marketable to connect with the multitude of people, but who is actually at fault for not getting this super fight to the attention of the public eye?
On a personal account I would say Top Rank holds the biggest responsibility simply because Lomachenko is the hot ticket at this present time, This is not by any means taking anything away from the exceptional talent of rigondeaux but statistically offensive styles capture more attention from on lookers than defensivly styled fighters tend to, The defensive style of rigondeaux has been labelled in the past as “boring” sometimes through his lack of work rate, although if you study closely into his defensive style and the way he makes something so difficult look almost effortless, it is like a work of art. The work rate of Lomachenko is what is going to be the fundamental piece of the puzzle in this gripping battle, the higher the work rate of Lomachenko the more it will force the flair out in Rigondeaux that has not been witnessed as of yet in his career, Leaving a true taste of magic in the mouths of fans.
Purely for my love of the sport, I hate to see such a miracle fight disregarded and overlooked. A fight that is certain to be won by strategy in a chess-like mindset as well as the physical abilities of both men. We as fans want to embrace every second that we can of the “best fighting the best” which is pretty much a rarity in an era where fighters can be left to feel that a blemish on their record can affect their opportunity to reach stardom or even cut them short of the biggest personal achievement a fighter can leave behind, A place in the Boxing Hall Of Fame.