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Rigondeaux Ready For Lomachenko at 126 or Catch-Weight

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).

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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.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Tobi.G on 06-21-2017

If Loma dont want fight Rigo at 126 he should move up to heavyweight and fight Joshua. Thats the only real possibility i see. If hes to small for 126 he has to move up to Heavyweight.

Comment by Lomasexual on 06-20-2017

[QUOTE=darius45;17783963]Give me a break. Loma is taking a big risk by taking this fight. It's not charity. [/QUOTE] I didn't say it was an easy fight. That isn't what I meant by it being charity. However Loma would get nothing…

Comment by Japanese Boxing on 06-20-2017

[QUOTE=SniXSniPe;17780017]better than some fat, ugly, dickrider on a boxing forum that says otherwise smh[/QUOTE] I am not ugly or a dickrider mother ****er, although I could stand to drop 15 lbs.

Comment by Solitario on 06-20-2017

Seems like Rigo is throwing Loma's name out there for publicity. He was unwilling to move up to 126 when Loma was there but now he expects Loma to move back down from 130?

Comment by genrick on 06-20-2017

Ship has sailed. The Ukrainian superstar would be a zombie at 126. Let's move on.

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