(October 10th) The highly anticipated December 9th, WBO World Super Featherweight Championship bout between VASILY "Hi-Tech" Lomachenko and Guillermo “The Jackal” Rigondeaux at the The Theater at Madison Square Garden is sold out!
The historic battle of two-time Olympic Gold Medalists sets Oxnard, California based Ukrainian 2008 and 2012 Gold medalist and WBO Super Featherweight Champion Lomachenko facing off against Miami, Florida, based unbeaten Cuban 2000 and 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist and WBA Super World Super Bantamweight Title holder Rigondeaux.
Heralded as boxings all-time greatest amateur fighter compiling a record of 396-1, the 29-year-old, Lomachenko, 9-1, 7Ko’s who’s only defeat comes to five-time, two division world champion Orlando “Siri” Salido in his second pro bout “HI Tech” is on a six bout knockout run scoring inside the distance stoppages of Mexico’s Gamalier Rodriguez and Romulo Koasicha, former three time world champion Roman Martinez, former WBA Featherweight Champion Nicholas Walters, former WBA Super Featherweight Champion Jason Sosa and most recently an August 5th, seventh round retirement of Columbian power puncher Miguel Marriaga.
At 37 years old, Rigondeaux, 17-0, 11Ko’s a perennial top ten pound for pounder has won three of his last four by way of knockout squeezing a one sided ten round unanimous decision over Drian Francisco between stoppage wins of Anusorn Yotjan, Hisashi Amagasa and James Dickens most recently coming off a June 17th WBA Super World Super Bantamweight Title defense at the bell first round knockout of Moises Flores with referee Vic Drakulich ruling it a legal blow only to have the
Nevada State Athletic Commission reverse his call changing the fight to a no contest.
The Full Card:
WBO World Super Featherweight Title
Vasyl Lomachenko, 9-1 vs Guillermo Rigondeaux, 17-0
Christopher Diaz, 21-0 vs Casey Ramos, 24-1 – 10rds
Bryant Jennings, 20-2 vs Don Haynesworth, 13-1-1- 8rds
Fazliddin Gaibnazarov, 3-0 vs Steven Ortiz, 7-0 – 8rds
Michael Conlan, 4-0 vs Luis Molina, 7-3-1 – 6rds
Shakur Stevenson, 3-0 vs Oscar Mendoza, 3-2 – 6rds
Jose Gonzalez, 8-01 vs Adan Gonzales, 2-2-1 - 6rds
Mikaela Mayer, 2-0 vs Nydia Feliciano, 9-8-3 – 4rds
The Top Rank promoted Lomachenko / Rigondeaux Championship card LIVE on ESPN and ESPN Deportes will be televised live and exclusively at 9:00pm ET / 6:00pm PT and stream live on the ESPN App.
(September 9th) Just before this weekends failed judging in boxing’s “Best vs the Best” it was leaked Top Rank Boxing had put together another colossal “Best vs Best” title bout with WBO Super Featherweight champion Vasyl “Hi Tech” Lomachenko taking on WBA Super Bantamweight titleholder Guillermo “The Jackal” Rigondeaux, December 9th LIVE on ESPN from Madison Square Garden.
The two time Olympic Gold Medalist Lomachenko and Rigondeaux commonly associated with boxings pound list and describing the ultimate two way (offense and defense) meaning of the sweet science makes this a boxing purest must see.
The 29-year-old, Oxnard, California, based Ukrainian 2008 and 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist, Lomachenko seen by many as the sport’s greatest amateur brandishing a superlative amateur pedigree of 396-1 having won his last eight fights since losing a pro style learning vacant WBO World Featherweight Title split decision loss to forged Orlando Salido in his second pro bout March 1st, 2013 enters off a seventh-round dismantling of Columbian power puncher Miguel Marriaga just last month.
The 36-year-old Miami, Florida, based Cuban, Rigondeaux, 463-12 in the amateur ranks winning Gold at the 2000 and 2004 Olympics is 17-0, 11Ko’s as a pro after defecting from Cuba in 2009. “The Jackal” giving away seven years to the Ukrainian star having always had a problem getting opponents holding victories over Teon Kennedy, Roberto Marroquin, Nonito Donaire, Joseph Agbeko, Anusorn Yotjan, Hisashi Amagasa, Drian Francisco and James Dickens finally getting the type of fight he has always wanted comes in off a June 17th no contest fight with Moises Flores at the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino, Events Center, in Las Vegas.
Yes, I said it Las Vegas! In a fight Adalaide Byrd was a judge Rigondeaux took the power into his own hands scoring a first round knockout of Flores but the result was changed to a no contest by the Nevada State Athletic Commission reversing referee Vic Drakulich had ruled it a legal blow with the punch landing as the bell rang. There is no way to tell now on how much that move and those like this past weekend’s Canelo vs Golovkin majority draw influenced Top Ranks decision to hold the fight in New York.
Top Rank’s putting together of two of the sports most proficient fighters at the top of their game and current divisions along with their wanting to take the risk and face the top opposition makes Rigondeaux vs Lomachenko the perfect curtain call for the boxing year 2017.
The official announcement for the Top Rank Promotion, Rigondeaux vs Lomachenko WBO World Super Featherweight Championship bout to be broadcast LIVE on ESPN including ticket information and supporting undercard is expected to be announced soon.