Rigondeaux's Coach: Now Lomachenko Can Prove His True Worth!

By Miguel Rivera

In every great boxing contest there is an A side and a B side, but there are moments where both sides believes they hold the top pecking order.

And that will certainly be the case when one of the most anticipated fights on the year takes place between Vasyl Lomachenko (9-1-0, 7 KOs) and Guillermo Rigondeaux (17-0-0, 11 KOs).

Lomachenko will collide against Rigondeaux on December 9 at Madison Square Garden in New York, in the main event of a card being televised live on ESPN.


Rigondeaux, who holds the WBA's super bantamweight world title, will move up by two weight divisions to 130-pounds to challenge Lomachenko for the WBO super featherweight title.

While many view Lomachenko as the favorite in the contest - Rigondeaux's trainer, Pedro Diaz, has a difference of opinion.

"Rigo has nothing to prove, he has accomplished more than Lomachenko," Diaz told ESPN Deportes. "This will be Lomachenko's great opportunity to prove his true worth."

After weeks of uncertainty, Top Rank recently announced the expected confrontation that brings together two Olympic double champions.

Lomachenko won Olympic gold in Beijing 2008 and London 2012, while Rigondeaux won Olympic gold in Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004.

"The confirmation of the fight is great news," Diaz said. "Two double Olympic champions face to face is incredible. It will be a historic fight. "

Regarding the fight taking place at super featherweight, Diaz commented that neither himself nor his fighter are concerned about having to gain weight for the contest.

"The weight will not be a problem, Lomachenko has an excellent and serious team, and so does Rigondeaux," Diaz said. "The greatest virtue of Rigondeaux is that he will go for victory."

Rigondeaux, 36, arrives to this contest after a controversial 'no decision' against Mexico's Moisés Flores on June 17 of this year.

Lomachenko, 29, returns after stopping Colombian Miguel Marriaga in the seventh round of an ESPN fight on Aug. 5 to retain his world title.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Zaroku on 10-23-2017

[QUOTE=Basco;18157804]It will be extremely hard to land a fight for whoever wins.[/QUOTE] Good point. Donaire fizzled out real quick. Walters too. Siri is too old now. Who will fight the winner?

Comment by Basco on 10-23-2017

It will be extremely hard to land a fight for whoever wins.

Comment by A.K on 10-23-2017

[QUOTE=j.razor;18156818]After like 1000 punches? What took so long is what they would say.[/QUOTE] You will reach for anything to hate 1000 punches huh? That’s more than Andre threw his whole career combined :lol1:

Comment by j.razor on 10-23-2017

[QUOTE=A.K;18087556]Ask Roman Martinez and Mariaga how they feel about lomas power.[/QUOTE] After like 1000 punches? What took so long is what they would say.

Comment by SkillspayBills on 09-26-2017

I'll go ahead and say it. Rigo beating Loma would be the best win of the last 5 years. Beating a consensus top 5 P4P fighter, when you old, small, and 2 weight divisions from your best us the stuff…

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