At New York (ESPN/ESPN Deportes):
Vasyl Lomachenko(9-1) Vs. Guillermo Rigondeaux(17-0)- I don’t even know where to begin on this classic super quick high speed chess match.
In Lomachenko we have a boxer who is constantly setting up traps by leaving the door slightly open right before he slams it shut on you.
Lomachenko loves to give false sense of security to his foes with space and soft punches, he then changes speed variations on his punches and devours you with ultra-quick well placed shots from every unseen angle.
Rigondeaux on the other hand is quite possibly the very best at using space between him and his prey, Rigondeaux is a master at forcing his opponents to over commit on shots and space while he then times your actions with rapid power shots.
In 50/50 fights I tend to go with the fighter that has the quicker eyes, the sharper boxer usually finds a way to get the job done.
But in this case both fighters are boxing geniuses so one may be better off flipping a coin in picking a winner in this tactical clash between two Gold medals a piece untouchable boxers.
As you can see it’s a very tough call to make but I am taking Lomachenko to win the rounds a bit more convincingly for the majority time on those too close to call rounds. Give me Lomachenko to win in a close 7 rounds to 5 split decision.
At Las Vegas (HBO):
Roman knows that he must look to box Siri Salido intelligently, but Salido has a way of dragging all of his foes into dirty junkyard bloody shootouts.
I’m taking Salido to beat Roman by a thrilling 10th round technical knockout stoppage.