WBA super bantamweight world champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (17-0, 11 KOs) is very eager to get in the ring with Vasyl Lomachenko (9-1, 7 KOs), who holds the WBO super featherweight title.
The fight will mark a historic battle with two amateur legends who are both two-time Olympic gold medal winners.
Lomachenko vs. Rigondeaux will take place on December 9th from The Theater in Madison Square Garden in New York City. The contest will headline a televised card on ESPN.
Rigondeaux has been calling for this fight for a long - and provide his desire was legit by signing a contract to move up by weight two divisions, eight full pounds, to take on Lomachenko.
The talented Cuban boxers believes that he will pull off the performance of his life, shooing up his status to grab the mantle as the best pound-for-pound fighter in the sport.
“I’m thrilled to be part of this historic fight on ESPN because I’ve had my eye on fighting Vasyl Lomachenko for a long time,” said Rigondeaux.
“I’m thankful that Roc Nation Sports and Top Rank made this fight happen and I can’t wait to make a statement on December 9 in New York City. Weight classes don’t win fights – fighters do – and I look forward to delivering the best performance of my career, beating a fellow legendary Olympian in Lomachenko and solidifying my place as one of the best pound-for-pound fighters of this era.”
Rigondeaux's manager is also confident of his boxer coming away with the victory.
“This fight against Vasyl Lomachenko is the marquee challenge that Guillermo has been coveting and we’re grateful for Roc Nation Sports’ hard work in making this a reality,” said Alex Bornote, Rigondeaux’s manager.
“Throughout Guillermo’s career, he has never backed down from any fighter or weight class restriction, so we’re very excited to get to work. It’s going to be a battle, but Guillermo will make Cuba, Miami and all of his fans worldwide proud when he beats Lomachenko on December 9.”