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Exclusive: ‘He’s a freak of nature!’ – McGuigan prefers Lomachenko over Rigondeaux

Joe Hewlett 23/07/2017

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Vasyl Lomachenko is currently preparing to defend his super-featherweight strap against Colombian Miguel Marriaga in Los Angeles.

The bout commences August 5, and should he emerge victorious, a mouth-watering clash between the Ukrainian and Guillermo Rigondeaux could be on the cards.

Lomachenko has become a two-weight world champion in as little as nine professional fights and former featherweight king Barry McGuigan admitted his surprise to how quickly the America-based superstar has progressed.

“I think it’s interesting how you can move guys more aggressively now than you could from the years gone by,” McGuigan exclusively told World Boxing News.

“To have a world title fight in your second professional fight, albeit the fact he had more than half a dozen fights in the WSB, getting in there with the smaller gloves and a world champion in his second professional fight and going twelve rounds – that’s remarkable and only somebody as remarkable as Lomachenko could do that.”

The Rigondeaux fight has been speculated upon for the past two years and McGuigan admits his preference is with Lomachenko.

“Rigondeaux too is an exceptional talent as well but I’m not a fan of his style. I am a fan of Lomachenko. He’s just exceptional. He’s a freak of nature, physically he’s a freak of nature and his ability; his footwork, upper body movement, ability to switch and punch, fight at close range, fight at long range and to avoid punches is just shockingly surprising.

“He’s a freak of nature, physically he’s a freak of nature and his ability; his footwork, upper body movement, ability to switch and punch, fight at close range, fight at long range and to avoid punches is just shockingly surprising.”

‘Rigo’ promised fans he was ready to move up in a potential super fight that has been eagerly awaiting from boxing fans all over the world.

The Cuban has confirmed his willingness to move up to 130lbs whilst Lomachenko has said, “If anybody wants to challenge me, please come over to my weight division, be my guest.”

Joe Hewlett is lead writer for World Boxing News. Follow Joe on Twitter @Hewlett95

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