Bob Arum Talks Vasyl Lomachenko vs. Guillermo Rigondeaux

By Francisco Salazar

A fight between Vasyl Lomachenko and Guillermo Rigondeaux could become a reality towards the end of this year, Bob Arum told

Lomachenko is penciled to return to the ring on December 9 or 23 and the location of that fight could depend on whether he faces Rigondeaux or junior lightweight contender Orlando Salido.

"We're open for Lomachenko to face anyone," said Arum.


Lomachenko (9-1, with 7 knockouts) successfully defended his WBO junior lightweight title on Aug. 5, stopping Miguel Marriaga after the seventh round at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles.

Arum stated he has already reached out to Roc Nation, which co-promotes Rigondeaux.

"I spoke to Roc Nation recently about Lomachenko fighting Rigondeaux," said Arum. "Rigondeaux has agreed to move up from 122 pounds (where he holds a world junior featherweight title) to face Lomachenko at 130 pounds."

"Rigondeaux is entitled to a big purse, but not a crazy purse. This isn't Christmas, where you give everything away."

Arum told the Los Angeles Times' Lance Pugmire on Tuesday a fight between Lomachenko and Rigondeaux could land in New York City. If a fight were to be finalized between Lomachenko and Salido, who defeated Aristides Perez on May 27, then the site of that fight would be in the Los Angeles area.

Salido defeated Lomachenko by split decision in March of 2014 in Lomachenko's second fight as a pro.

Francisco A. Salazar has written for since September of 2012 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Francisco also covers boxing for the Ventura County (Calif.) Star newspaper,, and Knockout Nation. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing 

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by j.razor on 08-22-2017

[QUOTE=Eff Pandas;17957578][B]In fairness its almost Christmas.[/B] They really gonna put a fight on that close to Christmas? Is that a thing? Seems like theres never a big fight that close to Christmas.[/QUOTE] That's funny, someone should tell that to bob.

Comment by 1g5a22 on 08-18-2017

It is the best fight to be made in Football.

Comment by sterilizer on 08-18-2017

Lomachenko vs. Rigondeaux is the best possible fight to be made, IMO, technically way superior to GGG-Canelo. And much better than Kovalev-Ward, where there was cheating and trickery by Ward, that was not a real fight, that was a sold-out…

Comment by Shape up on 08-18-2017

[QUOTE=Mammoth;17958821]This is true but Lomachenko vs Rigondeaux is important for boxing. It's like Ward vs Kovalev or Canelo vs Golovkin. It needs to be made.[/QUOTE] Agreed but the belts is the reason indongo is getting paid well, rigo caused his…

Comment by romeoju2002 on 08-18-2017

[I][/I]this fight will make history, and for does heater, like or no t Guillermo el chacal Rigondeaux is a real PP. if the fight is final i will like rigo sign that fight with wights limit up to 130lb not…

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