Lomachenko vs Rigondeaux Boxing Fight for Lomachenko’s WBO title 2017, Lomachenko vs. Rigondeaux Live stream, start time, watch online, fight card, odds Live Online.
Lomachenko-Rigondeaux viewing info Date: Saturday, Dec. 9 Start time: 9 p.m. ET Location: Madison Square Garden Arena — New York Channel: ESPN
Vasyl Lomachenko and Guillermo Rigondeaux are set to take center stage on Saturday night in a match pitting two fighters who have each won multiple Olympic gold medals — the first such match ever seen in the sport. Legend Roy Jones Jr. went so far as to say it’s the best fight on paper in the history of boxing. It’s also dripping with storylines.
Both men are double Olympic gold medallists in their amateur days, Lomachenko triumphing in 2008 and 2012 while Rigondeaux took bantamweight honours in 2000 and 2004.
Given their impressive amateur records, the two are relatively inexperienced in the paid ranks with just 27 fights between them.
Cuba’s Rigondeaux remains unbeaten but is jumping up two weight divisions to face WBO super-featherweight champion Lomachenko, hoping to inflict a second career defeat on the Ukrainian.
When Bob Arum’s Top Rank Inc. signed two-time Olympic gold medalist Vasyl Lomachenko out of Ukraine in 2013, the outspoken promoter did not mince words, calling Lomachenko the best fighter he’s seen since a young Muhammad Ali, who Arum promoted to start his career 51 years ago.
That’s about as tough a comparison to live up to as imaginable in this sport. But Lomachenko, a southpaw who compiled an incomparable 396-1 record as an amateur, did not attempt to downplay his arrival on the professional scene. “I am not like most fighters. I want to be on the list of the greatest, best boxers in history,” he said, shrugging off the pressure of otherworldly expectations.