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RIGONDEAUX VS. LOMACHENKO CLOSE FOR DECEMBER 9TH

Somebody pinch me because I may be dreaming, First, we get to see Gennady Golovkin face Canelo Alvarez in a Middleweight Super Fight and the latest rumour is that Two-Weight World champion Vasyl Lomachenko will commence battle with Super Bantamweight king Guillermo Rigondeaux on a date scheduled for December 9th.

Both men have taken to social networks to lure the other into a contest which would settle the debate of the greatest amateur boxer, both sporting two Olympic gold medals from a decorated career in the unpaid ranks, talk of a potential fight as been ripe for the last couple of years.

Two names were thought to be the frontrunners, Orlando Salido who handed Lomachenko is one and only professional loss and the aforementioned Rigondeaux.

Arum wouldn’t outright confirm the opposition but told media this past weekend, while attending Terence Crawford’s unification contest against Julius Indongo.

“It would be a historic milestone in my professional career,” Arum, said of the possible fight between Loma and Rigo. “It’s never been done before — each of them winning two gold medals and fighting each other. That’s something special. That will be remembered in history.

On Sunday, Top Rank president Todd duBoef and Rigondeaux promoter Dino Duva of Roc Nation Sports both told ESPN that Lomachenko-Rigondeaux is the fight that is being worked on.

“Bob Arum is having discussions with Roc Nation Sports and Dino Duva about the fight,” duBoef said.

Apparently, talk of the fight has been simmering for a while, Dino Duva saying that he had the conversation before Lomachenko knocked out Miguel Marriaga.

“We are in good, positive, serious talks and hoping it can get done. We’re close to a deal. We don’t have any contracts done yet, and hopefully we can get a deal done,” Duva said Sunday night. “We’re in a pretty good place from all angles, and we’re hopeful we can get it done very soon. I’ve been talking to Bob. We’ve had very good talks. We’re trying to fine-tune the deal to make sure the fighters and the companies are happy. I am cautiously hopeful. It will be a great fight, a great, historic fight.”

Rigondeaux was formerly under the Top Rank banner but Bob Arum had issues selling him to the mainstream media, claiming his style wasn’t eye catching enough.

“Rigondeaux is a helluva fighter. He’s not going to be boring with Lomachenko. Lomachenko won’t let him be boring,” said Arum.

Added Duva: “Lomachenko will make Rigo fight. It will be very interesting. It’s a cool fight.”

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