Lomachenko-Rigondeaux Close For December 9 on ESPN

By Ryan Burton

Top Rank's CEO, Bob Arum, had recently advised that WBO super featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko would return to the ring on December 9th at The Theatre in Madison Square Garden in New York.

Like his last outing, Lomachenko's ring return will be broadcast by Top Rank's new television partner, ESPN.

Arum wouldn't say who Lomachenko would be fighting, stating that offers had been made and that the opponent would be announced soon. This is after various reports made the rounds, where Arum revealed that that former two-division champion and the only man to beat Lomachenko, Orlando Salido, and WBA super bantamweight champion, Guillermo Rigondeaux, were the leading candidates to land the assignment.


Following that conversation, multiple sources have advised that Rigondeaux (17-0, 11 KOs) has agreed to face Lomachenko (9-1, 7 KOs) in a historic fight that would match two-time Olympic gold medal winners.

Rigondeaux and Lomachenko's manager Egis Klimas have sparred over social media networks the past few weeks and now it appears that arguably the two best amateur boxers of all-time will face each other as professionals before the year is over, in what is surely one of the biggest fights that can be made in the sport.

Rigondeaux would have to jump up by two weight divisions to take that contest.

Lomachenko was in action earlier this month, when he made his ESPN televised debut by easily dominated Miguel Marriaga for a stoppage victory.

Rigondeaux was last seen in the ring back in June on HBO Pay-Per-View as part of the Ward-Kovalev II undercard, when he scored a controversial first round knockout of Moises Flores. The outcome was later reversed to a no-decision, after the Nevada State Athletic Commission had ruled that Rigondeaux has inadvertently hit Flores after the bell.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by garfios on 08-22-2017

[QUOTE=Sicario*;17970252]They've got their fighter's d1cks up their mouths so hard, they can't spew facts.[/QUOTE]I'm Rigondeaux fan. Still very intrigued by this match up

Comment by Boxing Goat on 08-22-2017

[QUOTE=hitking;17968789]Rocky Balboa is in the boxing HOF. Just saying.[/QUOTE] Not for fighting, but for promoting the sport. There's no disputing that the Rocky films brought almost more attention to the sport than the actual fights themselves.

Comment by Sicario* on 08-22-2017

[QUOTE=chrisJS;17970243]Funny to see all the backtracking on this fight now. A week ago Lomachenko was scared and would get destroyed at any weight by Rigo. Now Rigo has aged faster than a goldfish and it's not a fair fight because…

Comment by chrisJS on 08-22-2017

Funny to see all the backtracking on this fight now. A week ago Lomachenko was scared and would get destroyed at any weight by Rigo. Now Rigo has aged faster than a goldfish and it's not a fair fight because…

Comment by garfios on 08-22-2017

[QUOTE=zoken;17970220]Obviously you are not a fan of Loma. There's no need for me to go back and forth with you. But there is a reason why so many people including boxing experts think highly of him. Just name one fighter…

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