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Roy Jones Explains Why Loma vs. Rigo is Best Fight Ever Made

Former four division world champion Roy Jones Jr. is biting his lip as he counts down the days for Saturday night, when WBO super featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko defends his title against Guillermo Rigondeaux in an ESPN televised main event from The Theater in Madison Square Garden in New York City.

From a historical standpoint, this will be the first fight in boxing history between boxers who have each won two Olympic gold medals.

The winner of Lomachenko (9-1, 7 KOs) vs. Rigondeaux (17-0, 11 KOs) could very well become the new pound for pound king - a position that Terence Crawford occupies on many lists.

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Two amateur boxer legends, two world champions, two Olympic champions.

Jones believes it's the best fight ever made, at least on paper.

"I hate to say it, but I've got to be honest with you and tell it how I call it," Jones told CBS Sports' "In This Corner" Podcast. "To me, on paper, this is the best professional fight that has ever been made."

"You've got two guys that have two gold medals. We have enough of a hard time getting one guy and one other guy with a gold medal in the ring. We've got two guys with two gold medals. Almost one thousand amateur fights between them and probably a handful -- you can count on two hands -- how many [amateur] losses there have been between them. That is incredible."

Rigondeaux, who is currently the WBA champion at 122-pounds, is moving yp by two full weight divisions to challenge Lomachenko at 130.

Jones does not believe that weight will be a factor in the contest.

"When you've got almost 1,000 amateur fights between them, weight shouldn't be a factor at all," Jones said. "I'll tell you why I think weight shouldn't be a factor: Rigondeaux punches so hard that he has broken two guys' eye sockets. He broken two eye sockets -- two! Two, let's get this right. Two eye sockets," Jones said.

"Do you know how powerful you have to be to be breaking eye sockets and jaws? He done broke two eye sockets and a jaw so do you think jumping weight classes makes a difference? When you have punching power, weight ain't necessarily the issue. It's about strategy. Who is going to be smart enough to strategically out maneuver the other person and who can put their best punches in the best places?"

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Redd Foxx on 12-08-2017

I'm excited for this, but Roy is selling, hard. Size is a factor, no matter anyone wants to fantasize that it's not. Why the hell do you think we have so many damned weight classes? To even out the size…

Comment by The Truth! on 12-08-2017

[QUOTE=kushking;18310347] The biggest racists on this site are white guys who only support white fighters with a few black uk based fighters to hide it. .[/QUOTE] Why are you lying. Clearly most of the racists on this forum are blacks…

Comment by The Truth! on 12-08-2017

[QUOTE=coonan;18311816]African-Americans are the racists, eh? That's the funniest line of bull**** I've heard in years.[/QUOTE] Haven't you see all the youtube boxing channels that are by most racist black guys like Dontae and Travis Gotti. Most blacks only support their…

Comment by coonan on 12-08-2017

[QUOTE=The Truth!;18308031]This fight is white vs black. Guys like Dontae and racist African Americans try to make the sport all about race when it shouldn't be.[/QUOTE] African-Americans are the racists, eh? That's the funniest line of bull**** I've heard in…

Comment by Shontae De'marc on 12-08-2017

[QUOTE=kushking;18310347]Lomas expected to win because he has every conceivable advantage to win. So only a truly racist like kigali would start crying about rigo losing because of race. On paper its a solid win for loma & beyond solid if…

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