Lomachenko stops Rigondeaux to win match of Olympic greats

Lomachenko stops Rigondeaux to win match of Olympic greats
Vasyl Lomachenko punches Guillermo Rigondeaux during the third round of a WBO junior lightweight title boxing match Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Sports Writer


NEW YORK (AP) — Vasyl Lomachenko beat Guillermo Rigondeaux on Saturday night when Rigondeaux's corner stopped the fight after six rounds because the boxer was complaining of pain in his left hand.

Lomachenko was easily winning boxing's first pro match between two-time Olympic gold medalists when Rigondeaux's trainers called for the match to be stopped.

They said their fighter told them he believed he broke something in the hand in the second round.

Lomachenko (10-1, 8 KOs) earned his seventh straight victory by stoppage and defended his WBO 130-pound title.

Rigondeaux lost for the first time in his 18 pro fights.

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