Morning Coffee: Bent over inside pivot a la Rigo vs @lomachenkovasiliy
How do you take your morning ☕? This evasive maneuver by Rigondeaux was not effective against Lomachenko. Part of this was due to the southpaw-southpaw dynamic. However, we can't take credit away from Loma's wrestling ability in shutting down this movement. Before discussing how, let's look at how Rigo has used this against orthodox athletes: Taking his usual bent over position to defend punches, he waits for opponents to advance and take an outside position with their lead foot. Once they do so, he takes a large pivot in and retreats or uses his new vantage point to return fire against a now out-of-position opponent.
Lomachenko was able to shut this motion down by properly controlling Rigo's already low head. With a right hand control on Rigo's head, he was able to blast a downward left straight. Alternatively, Loma would fire the right hook at a bent over Rigo which would discourage a large pivot into that direction. Stay tuned for tomorrow's Technique Tuesday where we will break this down in further detail!