Fans have been calling for Vasyl Lomachenko to face Guillermo Rigondeaux for a long time, in what would be a 'superfight' of the lower weight classes.
Lomachenko defends his WBO World Super-Featherweight crown on August 5th against Miguel Marriaga, live on BoxNation. The double-Olympic gold medallist is keen to unify the division before potentially moving up a division.
Meanwhile, Rigondeaux, who holds the WBA 'Super' World Super-Bantamweight Title, has been calling out the Ukrainian on social media.
Egis Klimas, who manages Lomachenko, recently invited Rigo to step up to Super-Featherweight to prove how serious he was. The Cuban accepted, yet Bob Arum, Loma's promoter, states that no serious communication has been made.
When talks have taken place in the past, Arum claims that the Cuban's camp have demanded too much money.
Speaking to ES News last week, Lomachenko addressed Rigondeaux while speaking directly to the camera and the message was clear.
“Be a man. Take your manager and promoter, come to my promoter. My offer to you is, all the money I'm going to get and all the money you're going to get...put in [one] place, and the winner will take it all," he said via his manager, acting as translator.
The Ukrainian also criticised Rigondeaux for the tweets and memes his team have been posting over the past couple of months, appearing to mock Lomachenko and Klimas while claiming that they are ducking the fight and cherry picking opponents, namely Marriaga.
🍒 r yummy, but too many of them may be harmful pic.twitter.com/zyazKyyAhM— Guillermo Rigondeaux (@RigoElChacal305) June 30, 2017
“I understand it's not you putting the pictures up, but they're putting you in a very bad spot because in the ring you will have to answer for every single picture," warned the 29-year-old.
It seems that for now, further negotiations are required before any deal edges closer.
Vasyl Lomachenko v Miguel Marriaga is exclusively live in the UK on BoxNation.
Watch the full interview below: