Hearn: A Shame, Loma vs. Rigo Won't Be as Big as it Should Be

By Radio Rahim

In two months time, world champions Guillermo Rigondeaux (17-0, 11 KOs) and Vasyl Lomachenko (9-1, 7 KOs) will finally collide in the ultimate bragging rights showdown.

Their ESPN televised bout will go down on December 9th from The Theater in Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Rigondeaux, who holds the WBA super bantamweight title, will move up by two weight classes to face Lomachenko for the WBO super featherweight belt.


British promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom, who dominates the market in the UK, is now extending his promotional business to the United States. Hearn recently signed middleweight Daniel Jacobs and stages his first 'Matchroom USA' event in November. More signings and more U.S. dates will be announced in the coming months.

While Hearn is a very big fan of the Lomachenko vs. Rigondeaux bout - he believes the fight is not as a big as it should be - when considering the historical nature of the contest - where two world champions, who are amateur boxing icons, are colliding in a first ever meeting where each combatant is a two-time Olympic gold medal winner.

The reason it's not as big, explains Hearn, is because neither fighter is known among casual boxing fans. He says the upcoming contest is more a fight that caters to hardcore boxing fans.

"It's a shame really.. and people [reading] this might say 'what's he talking about.' It's not as big a fight as it should be, because it's a trade fight," Hearn said to

"You have Lomachenko, who is an unbelievable fighter... who is probably struggling to crack into the casual market.. that might change [in the future]. And Rigondeaux, who's never broken into the casual market. But two incredible fighters and it probably won't be as big as it should be - but its a great fight.

"And it's the kind of fight that would be talked about and you would say 'it would never happen.' Fair play to Top Rank and the fighters involved that stepped p and made the fight."

With Andre Ward's recent retirement, there are several fighters who are clamoring to become the new pound-for-pound king.

In the opinion of Hearn, that distinction should probably go to Lomachenko.

"I think probably Lomachenko [is the best pound for pound fighter in boxing]. I rate Crawford highly as well. I think Lomachenko probably skill wise [is the top man]. [I also rate] Golovkin, who had a very good performance against Canelo," Hearn said.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Bjl12 on 10-10-2017

[QUOTE=just the facts;18125789]Better head home little man, your mommy is calling for you. Oops, my mistake, that's me she's calling for.[/QUOTE] You missed the sarcasm. GGG #1 ever

Comment by just the facts on 10-10-2017

[QUOTE=Bjl12;18125056]Plz SHUT THE [I]FU[/I]CK UP FAN BOY. YOU CUCK. MARGGGARITO IS BEST. PERIOD.[/QUOTE] Better head home little man, your mommy is calling for you. Oops, my mistake, that's me she's calling for.

Comment by P4Pdunny on 10-10-2017

well, he's not wrong here

Comment by Bjl12 on 10-09-2017

[QUOTE=just the facts;18124690]so in your book a fighter (ggg) with exactly two quality fights (one he struggled like hell to get a decision and the other was a draw) is p4p the best? Really??????[/QUOTE] Plz SHUT THE [I]FU[/I]CK UP FAN…

Comment by Bjl12 on 10-09-2017

[QUOTE=Sickmerch1990;18124680]Jacobs fight was close but the canelo fight triple G easy won that fight loma is a talent but dosent rise above golovkin in my rankings[/QUOTE] Ya I mean MarGGGarito powerhouse runs through EVERYONE. How can he not be PFP…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (33)
Top Headlines Orlando Salido Confident He Has The Tools To Unseat Berchelt Malignaggi: Me vs. McGregor would sell a lot, draw a lot in boxing! Top Rank Prez: Crawford, Horn Will Not Wait For Pacquiao Vargas: Golden Boy Didn't Offer Enough Money to Fight Cotto Photos: Gabe Rosado, Glen Tapia Ready For War in Las Vegas Wlodarczyk: I'm Not Sold On Gassiev; Could've Lost to Lebedev Hearn: I'd Like Wilder To Fight Whyte - Winner Gets Joshua Shot Warren: Saunders Has To Look A Million Dollars Against Lemieux Jezreel Corrales vs. Alberto Machado - Training Camp Notes Rosa vs. Evans Tops ShoBox Quadrupleheader, November 10 Photos: Murat Gassiev, Krzysztof Wlodarczyk - Putting in Work Takam: I'm Not Scared - 80,000 Joshua Fans Means Nothing To Me Lemieux: Saunders About To Get Destroyed, Will Feel A lot of Pain! Hearn: Wilder, Parker Do Not Warrant a 50-50 Split With Joshua! News: Boxing Hall of Fame Update, Isaac Zarate, Marcus Bates Saunders Confident: Lemieux Looks Good Against B-Level Fighters! Anthony Joshua vs. Carlos Takam: Phil Edwards To Referee Gabe Flores Back on Nov. 17 at Reno/Sparks Convention Center Parker vs. Fury: WBO Rejects Protest To Rescore The Fight Abel Sanchez Pleased With Murat Gassiev's Work For Wlodarczyk Joshua: There are Still People Who Doubt, Want Me To Lose Sadam Ali: Been Huge Underdog Before, I've Proved People Wrong Photos: Anthony Joshua Training in Beast Mode For Carlos Takam Roach: Cotto Would've Been Criticized for Beating Smaller Garcia Crolla Responds To Flanagan: Talks Burns Fight, Ritson, Future 'Boxing Kings' Details When Americans Ruled at Heavyweight Joshua Reveals That Takam Confronted Him After Breazeale Win DeGale: Badou Jack is Not in My Class at All - I Want Rematch! De La Hoya: If Lemieux Wins - Canelo Fight Possible if No Golovkin Erickson Lubin's Future is Up To Him Murata: N'dam First, Ultimately Shooting for GGG-Canelo Winner 'PBC on FOX' Tripleheader Averaged 1.48 Million Viewers Saturday Pulev: It Was Tough Decision To Withdraw From Joshua Fight Bermane Stiverne Signs Contract For Deontay Wilder Rematch Anthony Joshua Admits He's in "No Rush" To Fight in United States Showtime Viewership Went Down During Lara-Gausha Main Event Luis Nery Sets Return, Faces Arthur Villanueva on November 4 Rey Vargas To Defend WBC Belt in HBO Co-Feature To Cotto vs. Ali News: Hall of Fame Update, Steve Forbes Sets Card, More Damien Vazquez, Blair Cobbs, Tye Brooks Win in Mexico

Latest Active Forum Threads