Guillermo Rigondeaux vs. Vasyl Lomachenko next spring
By Chris Williams: Top Rank promoter Bob Arum is in interested in matching WBA/WBO super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (12-0, 8 KO’s) against former two-time Olympic gold medalist Vasyl Lomachenko next spring if Lomachenko can win his fight tomorrow night against Jose Ramirez (25-3, 15 KO’s) and then win a world title at featherweight in early 2014, according to Dan Rafael.
There’s still a lot of ifs involved with Lomachenko because there’s no way of knowing right now how he’ll do tomorrow night and in his fight in January. As for Rigondeaux, he has a hurdle of his own he has to jump in the form of Joseph Agbeko on December 7th in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
That’s going to be a tough fight for Rigondeaux, and it’s going to be tough fight because Agbeko is a pretty solid fighter with excellent offensive skills. He’s not someone that relies on size and speed the way that Rigondeaux’s last opponent Nonito Donaire has.
Agbeko isn’t afraid to walk through some hard shots in order to land his own big punches. The only question is how much does he have left in the tank after his fights in the bantamweight tournament against Abner Mares.
It’s pretty incredible to imagine that the 25-year-old Lomachenko will be fighting someone as good as Ramirez for his first fight of his pro career tomorrow night, because undefeated featherweight contender Gary Russell Jr. (23-0, 13 KO’s) still hasn’t faced anyone as good as Ramirez and Russell Jr. has been a pro for the past 4 years. Lomachenko is going straight to the top and will be fighting for a world title next January provided that he gets past Ramirez.
Dan Rafael said in his chat at ESPN “As for Rigo-Lomachenko, that’s the fight Arum wants to do in the spring. Lomachenko would have to win tomorrow, win the title in January, Rigo has to win on Dec. 7 and then he will try to make the fight for Aprilish on HBO.”
Rigondeaux is also a former two-time Olympic gold medalist, and he’s also a fighter that had his career pushed quickly after he turned pro in 2009.
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