Top Rank have officially announced a date for the highly anticipated showdown of WBO super featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko and WBA super bantamweight king Guillermo Rigondeaux reporting today that it will take place on December 9th at Madison Square Garden, New York.
Both men are regarded as greats of the amateur ranks both sporting numerous medals/trophies, two Golds from past Olympic games the most prestigious of their respected collection.
They have been vocal in their wish to fight one another, knowing that the man standing across from him is by far the greatest test to be taken in the professional ranks.
Vasyl Lomachenko is a two weight world champion, coming off a rather routine stoppage win of Miguel Marriaga in May.
Guillermo Rigondeaux hasn’t been blessed with the fanfare that was promised of him, unable to satisfy TV Executives, he was left out in the cold by previous promoters Top Rank. Having since aligned those promises with RocNation he is eager to make up for lost time.
Rigondeaux is coming off a non decision over Moises Fuentes who was adjudged to have been hit after the bell in their match up in June.
Talk of a fight between the two has been brewing for some time but today fight fans got the news they had hoped for as Top Rank made it official.
“Lomachenko really wanted the fight,” Top Rank president Todd duBoef said. “He has a voracious appetite to fight the best, and to fight the guys who people think are the most difficult fighters. He likes to challenge himself and this is a fight he has talked to us about for a while.”
“This is the first time to the best of my knowledge in the history of boxing that two guys who have won two Olympic gold medals are going to fight each other,” Bob Arum said.
“That’s a landmark. I’m being honest. I’m not saying I’m so happy to do this thing because it’s going to be the greatest fight since Ali-Frazier III. What intrigues me is that it is a legacy fight. It’s kind of like having done the last fight in old Yankee Stadium, [Muhammad] Ali-[Ken] Norton and then the first one in new Yankee Stadium with [Miguel] Cotto and [Yuri] Foreman. That’s a landmark and those are historic things to have under your belt.
“Given this is something that has never happened in boxing, when the historians write about boxing years and years from now, this is going to be a fight they mention.”