Rigondeaux: I Wanted a Real Champion To Show What I Can Do!

By Miguel Rivera

Vasyl Lomachenko is a heavy favorite, but he's not underestimating Guillermo Rigondeaux - who the once-beaten boxer views as an intelligent, strong and very skilled opponent.

On Saturday night, Lomachenko (9-1, 7 KOs) will defend his WBO super featherweight world title against Rigondeaux (17-0, 11 KOs) at The Theater in New York's Madison Square Garden.

Rigondeaux, who is the WBA world champion at 122-pounds, is moving up by two full weight divisions to face Lomachenko at 130-pounds.


While the jump in weight is risky, Rigondeaux felt it was necessary to make a statement regarding his own level of skill.

The contest is a first for boxing, where a pair of two-time Olympic gold medal winners will collide in the ring.

"I wanted a real fight against a real champion," said Rigondeaux. "We are both real boxers, we were Olympic champions, and if I have to go up two divisions to face him, we have to do it."

"I would have liked to fight at a lower weight, like for example at 126 - but I'm fine with the way things are. I want to show the world what I can do, so I'll fight at whatever weight I have to."

Lomachenko is two inches taller than Rigondeaux, although his reach is shorter 65 inches against 68. Both are left-handed.

"He (Rigondeaux) agreed to go in this division because he knows that a fight against me is the kind that can give him the showcase he's needed in his professional career," Lomachenko said.

"I, like all boxers, will try to take advantage of my physical advantages, if I have them, added them to my style of boxing, which has given me championships in the amateurs and the professionals."

"I told them to give him what he wanted because I really wanted to face him. I like to fight against the best, and after the fight I'll tell you if it's the best opponent I've ever faced."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by TexasCowBoy on 12-10-2017

[QUOTE=Legendary Hater;18319067]What you drinkin', Cowboy?...I'd normally be on the Russell's Reserve Select Single Barrel, but I had to break out the old Bunnahabhain tonight...[/QUOTE] Jack Daniels on the rocks

Comment by Tony Trick-Pony on 12-10-2017

Well, we saw it. :lol1:

Comment by Legendary Hater on 12-09-2017

[QUOTE=TexasCowBoy;18319005]Alright ....ladies and germs.....time for some liquor[/QUOTE] What you drinkin', Cowboy?...I'd normally be on the Russell's Reserve Select Single Barrel, but I had to break out the old Bunnahabhain tonight...

Comment by TexasCowBoy on 12-09-2017

Alright ....ladies and germs.....time for some liquor

Comment by A.K on 12-09-2017

But according to half of nsb Loma is just a coward hypejob not a champion

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (26)
Top Headlines Photos: Terence Crawford, Amir Khan - Go Face To Face in NYC Ellerbe: Broner Beating Pacquiao is No Upset, This is 50-50 Fight Canelo Alvarez vs. Daniel Jacobs Finalized For May 4 Photos: Serrano vs. Voraberger, Doheny vs. Takahashi - Weigh-In Photos: Jorge Linares, Pable Cesar Cano - Ready For War Photos: Chris Algieri, Danny Gonzalez - On Point To Fight Photos: Demetrius Andrade, Artur Akavov - Ready For Battle Erislandy Lara vs. Brian Castano Tops Showtime Triple, March 2 Ricardo Quiroz To Face Jamaine Ortiz on February 23 Photos: Keith Thurman Putting in Work For Josesito Lopez Weights From New York City: Andrade 159.8, Akavov 160 Hearn Prepared To Win Purse Bid For Wilder-Fury Rematch Broner: Arum Offered Me $2 Million To Fight Pacquiao; F*** Him! Liam Smith vs. Sam Eggington Set Down March 30th Shohjahon Ergashev vs. Mykal Fox on February 15, ShoBox Anthony Yarde vs. Mehdi Amar Set For February 23 Khan: I Think a Brook Fight Is Still There, A Fight I'd Love To Have Malignaggi Feels Garcia is 'Going Too Far' in Facing Spence Broner: If I Win That Maidana Fight, I'd Probably Be Dead Now Hearn, Golden Boy Keen on Linares-Cano Winner vs. Hooker Warren Reacts To Hearn's Offer Claim For Joshua vs. Fury Loeffler Aims To Stage Several 'Hollywood Fight Nights' in 2019 Liam Smith Would Welcome a Showdown With Kell Brook Pacquiao: What Happened With Marquez Will Not Happen Again! Cameron Krael Fights on Mayweather Card at MGM Grand Video: Mike Reed on Preparing Adrien Broner For Pacquiao Video: Roy Jones Jr. Breaks Down Pacquiao vs. Broner Clash Video: Caleb Plant Discusses IBF Title Win Over Jose Uzcategui Video: Al Bernstein Reacts To Adrien Broner Going Off On Him Manny Pacquiao - Is This the One? Amir Khan: I'll Beat Crawford, Take His Place in P4P Rankings! Muhammad Ali's Hometown Renames Airport in His Honor Broner Tells Pacquiao's Group He Has Cat, Dog For Them To Eat Video: Pacquiao vs. Broner - All Access Daily - Part 1 Broner Calls Showtime's Al Bernstein Biased, 'B*tch-Ass N*gga' Photos: Pacquiao, Broner - Face To Face at Final Presser Photos: Jorge Linares, Pable Cesar Cano - Go Face To Face Photos: Chris Algieri, Danny Gonzalez - Go Face To Face Photos: Demetrius Andrade, Artur Akavov - Go Face To Face Broner: Pacquiao, Roach Underestimating A Lot Of What I Can Do

Latest Active Forum Threads