EXCLUSIVE: Rigo vs. Lomachenko talks progress, agreed weight of 126
Super bantamweight king Guillermo Rigondeaux’s manager Gary Hyde has informed WBN that his request of a 124lb catchweight has reached an amicable conclusion for a proposed bout with featherweight world title holder Vasyl Lomachenko.
Hyde revealed that talks had begun with Lomachenko’s representative Egil Klimas earlier this week but has now relaxed his stance on making the Ukrainian meet ‘Rigo’ halfway after both sides agreed on the rehydration clause.
“Lomachenko’s manager Egis Klimas is very interested in his charge fighting Rigo. He agrees with me that it’s the best fight out there for both fighters,” Hyde exclusively told World Boxing News on Thursday.
“He wants the fight at 126, but I wanted a rehydration clause of 134 on fight night which he has now agreed to. We didn’t get the fight at 124, but the most important thing for us is what weight Loma would be on fight night.
“When you take (Nonito) Donaire’s weight of 140 when he fought Rigo into account, 134 is much more favorable to us.
“I have relayed this to Rigo, and we will make an announcement soon,” he added.
Fans are already buzzing about the possibility of these two amateur legends getting it on for a version of the world title in the pro ranks after both made the transition into prizefighters with consummate ease.
Rigondeaux is undefeated in 15 fights, having already unified the 122lb division, and can lay claim to being the most avoided world champion out there by some of the other top names.
Lomachenko, on the other hand, won a world title in just his third fight against the now WBC champion Gary Russell Jr and has since successfully defended it twice.
If the fight can be confirmed in the coming days or weeks, it would generate significant interest and certainly ha Fight of the Year contender written all over it.