Two of the greatest amateur fighters of all time will face-off against each other on December 9th when Guillermo Rigondeaux challenges Vasyl Lomachenko for the WBO World Super-Featherweight Title.
Much has been made of Rigondeaux moving up two weight divisions to fight the Ukrainian but the double Olympic champion has repeatedly denied it will have any bearing on the fight, reiterating his point on Sports Centre: “[Regarding] his stature, almost all of my opponents have been taller than me.”
Quality of opposition has also been a contentious area for the Cuban, despite being avoided by the big players in his own division he believes he’s faced the greater calibre of opponent, “[Lomachenko has] fought inferior boxers compared to who I've faced.
“If there is any concern that I'm going up by two weight divisions, it's because nobody wants to fight me at [Super-Bantamweight] and [Featherweight].”
The extra weight means ‘El Chacal’ no longer has to worry about making the Super-Bantamweight limit, with the extra focus on boxing training he feels he won’t have any issues with his opponent skillset, “I will not have problems, he is the one who is going to have them, because I am not like those dead men with whom he has fought.”
Watch Guillermo Rigondeaux challenge Vasyl Lomachenko in a sell-out event on December 9th, Live on BoxNation.