The card will air immediately following the Heisman Trophy presentation.
"This is the first time to the best of my knowledge in the history of boxing that two guys who have won two Olympic gold medals are going to fight each other", Arum said. Lomachenko is the total package, as he has the high boxing IQ, great footwork and is one of the best in the business at boxing from a distance, allowing him to dictate the pace of the fight. While he has been routinely criticized for his inactivity and inability to produce exciting fights, he remains one of the most technically brilliant fighters of this era.
Lomachenko, a two-weight world champion in just his seventh pro outing following a stellar amateur career, was ready to move up in weight again until Rigondeaux called him out on social media.
"Lomachenko really wanted the fight", duBoef said.
"So, if this fight is going to happen, it needs to take place now and at a catchweight that is fair to both of us".
Lomachenko, 29, will be making the fourth defense of the junior lightweight belt he won by knocking out Roman Martinez in 2016.
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The Oxnard-trained Lomachenko won Olympic gold in 2008 and 2012 for Ukraine and proceeded to fight for a world title in his second pro bout. An avoided fighter just like Lomachenko, is a true match up of the best fighting the best.
There are only three men who have won three Olympic gold medals in boxing: Cubans Teofilo Stevenson and Felix Savon and Hungary's Laszlo Papp.
"I have no problem taking a fight up to 126lb if needs be, but not even after eating at a Cuban New Year's party will I make 130lbs".
I have to side with Lomachenko to win this fight.
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