For Boxing fans, Christmas comes a bit early this year; Saturday, December 9th, to be exact. That's when Vasyl "Hi-Tech" Lomachenko squares up with Guillermo "El Chacal" Rigondeaux, from the Madison Square Garden Theatre in New York, New York. ESPN will televise what promises to be one of the best displays of aggregate pugilistic skill ever to grace a prizefighting ring, simultaneously.
With 4 Olympic gold medals, nearly 870 wins and only 13 losses between them, both Lomachenko and Rigondeaux have an argument for being the best amateur fighter that’s ever worn a mouthpiece. Lomachenko (9-1, 7 KO’s), from the Ukraine, has captured world titles at 126 and 130 pounds as a professional, currently holding the WBO Super Featherweight strap. The Cuban, Rigondeaux (17-0, 11 KO’s), was a unified champion at 122 and possesses the WBA Super Bantamweight belt.
The deck is stacked against Rigondeaux, who is older, shorter and will be moving up two weight classes to meet Lomachenko, probably Boxing’s top dog, pound for pound. But a man with Rigondeaux’s single shot power, accuracy and counter punching ability can never be completely counted out.