Junior lightweight world titleholder Vasyl Lomachenko and junior featherweight world titlist Guillermo Rigondeaux are gearing up for an historic match that will place two-time Olympic gold-medal winners head-to-head for the first time.
Rigondeaux, who is moving up two weight divisions for the fight, is 36 (17-0, 11 KOs) and is ready for the historic showdown.
“I’m thrilled to be part of this historic fight on ESPN because I’ve had my eye on fighting Vasyl Lomachenko for a long time,” Rigondeaux said (h/t ESPN).
“I’m thankful that Roc Nation Sports and Top Rank made this fight happen, and I can’t wait to make a statement on Dec. 9 in New York City. Weight classes don’t win fights — fighters do. And I look forward to delivering the best performance of my career, beating a fellow legendary Olympian in Lomachenko and solidifying my place as one of the best pound-for-pound fighters of this era.”
“This fight against Vasyl Lomachenko is the marquee challenge that Guillermo has been coveting, and we’re grateful for Roc Nation Sports’ hard work in making this a reality,” said Alex Bornote, Rigondeaux’s manager.
“Throughout Guillermo’s career, he has never backed down from any fighter or weight-class restriction, so we’re very excited to get to work. It’s going to be a battle, but Guillermo will make Cuba, Miami and all of his fans worldwide proud when he beats Lomachenko on Dec. 9.”
Lomachenko (9-1, 7 KOs), 29, has wanted this historic battle for a while and is excited to see it finally come to fruition.
“It will be a big battle for boxing fans and boxing history,” Lomachenko said about the fight.
“This battle will open our maximum potential. It will be the best New Year’s present for boxing fanatics. Trust me on this one.”
“I am excited about Vasyl stepping back in the ring before the year is over,” Lomachenko’s manager Egis Klimas said.
“It is a great fight for all boxing lovers and the fans from around the world who asked for it. It is a historic bout for boxing, where for the first time two boxers, two world champions, each holding two Olympic gold medals, will meet in the professional ring. I am looking forward to seeing it.”
The bout is scheduled to take place on December 9th at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York in the main event of a card titled “Solid Gold” and air live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes beginning at 9 p.m. ET.