By Radio Rahim
WBA super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (18-0, 12 KOs) is looking for the biggest fights possible in 2017.
On Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Rigondeaux picked up a controversial first round knockout over unbeaten Moises Flores. That result may ultimately get overturned to a no-decision - because Rigondeaux's knockout punch was executed after the bell.
One of the names on Rigondeaux's hit list - is WBO super featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko (8-1, 6 KOs).
A Rigondeaux vs. Lomachenko showdown would match two of the greatest amateur fighters of all-time, and both boxers are two-time Olympic gold medal winners.
But there is a big problem in making this fight - the weight.
Rigondeaux is still competing at 122-pounds, while Lomachenko is a world champion at 130 and very close to moving up to 135.
The Cuban boxer is willing to meet him halfway - at the featherweight limit of 126. And if that doesn't work, Rigondeaux might entertain the idea of giving up a few more pounds with a catch-weight of 127 or 128.
"Lomachenko is a great fighter, outstanding, I have a lot of respect and major props for him. But you know he's gone to 130 and now going to 135. That's really, really heavy [for me]. But at 126 or even a catch-weight a little above that - whatever it is, we want to make the big fights," Rigondeaux said to BoxingScene.com.
"As boxers we work really, really hard. I don't look at who's better or who's not. We're both great champions and so we both respect each other in the sport."
If he can't get Lomachenko, Rigondeaux is willing to face anyone at super bantamweight, featherweight - and he's even willing to drop down to the bantamweight limit of 118-pounds for the right fight.
"I'm going to talk to my team about that, to see what's next. But I'm ready for anyone at 118, 122, 126. Just give me the big names," Rigondeaux said.