Vasyl Lomachenko vs. Guillermo Rigondeaux Set For December

    As boxing continues to deliver the fights that fans want to see,  it was confirmed over the weekend that Vasyl “Hi-Tech” Lomachenko will soon fight Guillermo “El Chacal” Rigondeaux. 

    The bout will be for Lomcahenko’s WBO junior lightweight title at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City on December 9th, 2017 on ESPN.

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    Lomachenko (9-1, 7 KOs) is one of the world’s best boxers. He won his first title in his first professional bout and his first world title in his third. The Ukranian sensation is already a two-weight class world champion and has defeated high-level fighters like Gary Russell, Jr. and Nicholas Walters. Before turning pro, Lomachenko won two gold medals in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics and has arguably the best amateur boxing career ever. 

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    Rigondeaux (18-0, 11 KOs) is boxing’s air apparent to Floyd Mayweather, Jr. due to his hand speed, counter-punching ability, and elusiveness. The Cuban has also won two gold medals in the 2000 and 2004 Olympics and has been a super bantamweight champion since 2010. His list of bodies includes Nonito Donaire and Joseph Agbeko, among others. 

    The fight marks the end of a signature year for boxing where the fights fans wanted to see were made and received exceptionally well. From Gennady Golovkin vs Danny Jacobs, Wladimir Klitschko vs. Anthony Joshua, Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor, Adrien Broner vs. Mikey Garcia and Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin, this has been an exceptional year for the sport.

    With the World Boxing Super Series touring the world and shedding light on underserved divisions like the cruiserweights, and the heavyweight matchup of Deontay Wilder vs. Luis Ortiz, boxing has regained the fan-friendly approach that it was known for in the late ’80s.          

    This fight will be an excellent cap to the boxing year as Rigondeaux is putting his undefeated record on the line and stepping up two weight classes to fight arguably the most dangerous man in boxing. This truly competes with Canelo vs. GGG as the fight of the year. The event is part of promoter Top Rank’s multi-format content deal with ESPN and vies to compete with Premier Boxing Champions’ multi-channel offerings.

    Rhett Butler is a Boxing Writer Association of America Journalist, Play-By-Play Commentator, Combat Sports Insider, and Former Mixed Martial Arts and Boxing Promoter. The New York City native honed his skills at various news outlets including but not limited to: TIME Magazine, Money Magazine, CNN's Wolf Blitzer Reports, and more. Rhett hosts the PRITTY Left Hook podcast, a polarizing combat sports insider's take featuring the world's biggest names.