Lomachenko vs Garcia prediction: "He'll probably quit" says promoterWritten by Lee Cleveland
Last night in a showdown between two of boxing's best pound-for-pound, fight phenom Vasyl Lomachenko dominated Guillermo Rigondeaux, forcing the Cuban to quit on his stool after Round 6.
Loma, who used exemplary footwork, simply didn't allow Rigondeaux to get set and throw combinations. And Vasyl, when he wasn't moving, was always peppering quick shots to Rigo's face. They weren't zingers but were enough to keep Rigondeaux from mounting an attack.
Lomachenko was offensively and defensively as close to perfect as a fighter could get; And it was against one of the most skilled fighters the sport has seen in the last 20 years. Yes, Lomachenko was naturally bigger and Rigondeaux was coming up two weight divisions, but Vasyl deserves credit for shutting down a focused opponent as experienced and technically sound as Rigo.
So what's next for Vasyl?
Will he move up in weight himself to face Mikey Garcia at 135 pounds?
In July, Garcia looked every bit as sharp as oddsmakers anticipated, slicing and dicing a focused Adrien Broner en route to a comfortable unanimous decision win.
With the convincing, high-profile win, Garcia became a powerbroker of sorts in the sport. He's a fighter on the cusp of super stardom but isn't quite there yet.
So what would happen should Lomachenko face Garcia?
Top Rank's Bob Arum offered BoxingScene a stunning prediction.
Arum's Lomachenko vs Garcia prediction
“Mikey Garcia’s an excellent fighter,” Arum told BoxingScene.com. “He’ll hang with [Lomachenko] until he’s ready to get knocked out and then he’ll probably quit.”
Last night, of course, Rigo became the fourth Lomachenko opponent in a row to quit against the Ukrainian.
Will Garcia follow suit?
"He’ll make a joke of Garcia,” Arum added. “Oh Jesus, these guys [Jorge Linares and Garcia], they’re really good fighters. [But] this guy is super-special. You’ve never seen anything like this. He’ll go up to 135, maybe to 140. I don’t know. But he’s gonna do this to everybody.”
"Who knows?,” Arum said, with regards to Lomachenko vs Garcia.
“If I say it, then I’m chasing. Let’s see. It’ll all come. With ESPN behind us, we have plenty of money to offer opponents for really good fights. And ESPN, they want the best, and this kid is the best. … I would put him in with anybody [at] 135 pounds. Anybody in the world at 135.”
Let’s not forget Arum promotes Lomachenko and used to promote Garcia until a dispute arose.
Garcia, not happy with his purses while fighting under the Top Rank banner, sued the company in April 2014 to get out of his contractual agreement.
In April 2016, Top Rank and Garcia reached a settlement.
Bob Arum. Top Rank vice president Carl Moretti told ESPN.com. "All parties came to a mutual agreement, details of that agreement are a confidential matter. We all move on and do what we do." Although Garcia's Top Rank contract was up in August, they reached a deal.