The Nevada State Athletic Commission may have turned Guillermo Rigondeaux’s knockout victory over Moises Flores into a no contest, but Rigondeaux is much more interested in talking about a potential fight against Vasyl Lomachenko.
A fight between the two, two-time Olympic gold medalists, who also happen to be top-10 on most pound-for-pound lists, has been talked about a lot over the years, but has never come together for one reason or another. After Lomachenko moved up to 130lbs, a fight with Rigondeaux seemed pretty farfetched as Rigondeaux is fairly small for 122lbs to begin with. And with Lomachenko expressly mentioning interest in a move to lightweight, a fight with Rigondeaux would seem further away than ever.
But Rigodeaux is in search of his white whale, a challenge truly worthy of his remarkable skill set and one that will remove him from the ranks of the overlooked. Vasyl Lomachenko is indeed that fighter, but bridging the weight gap is an issue.
In recent days Rigondeaux has repeatedly challenged Lomachenko to a fight at 126lbs, splitting the difference between where both fighters currently campaign. But with Lomachenko eyeing his way up the scales, that wasn’t enough to bring him to the negotiating table. Now Rigondeaux says he’ll even meet Lomachenko at 130lbs, well above the division he’s most naturally suited for.
As bad an idea it would probably be for Rigondeaux to agree to 130, the fight would pit two of the most skilled fighters in the world against one another - and that’s always a good thing.
So if this is indeed a genuine offer on Rigondeaux’s behalf, is there really any other fight for Lomachenko to be looking at right now?