Ukrainian Vasyl Lomachenko is the greatest fighter since Muhammad Ali, believes legendary promoter Bob Arum, Lomachenko vs Rigondeaux.
On Saturday, Lomachenko will defend his WBO world super-featherweight title against Guillermo Rigondeaux, holder of the WBA super-bantamweight crown, Lomachenko vs Rigondeaux.
The Madison Square Garden fight is the Ukrainian’s 11th professional bout and the first time that two double Olympic champions have faced off, Lomachenko vs Rigondeaux.
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I’ve never seen a fighter as technically perfect as him, said Arum, Lomachenko vs Rigondeaux.
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Ali’s promoter in the 1960s has since worked with the likes of Roberto Duran, Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. The 85-year-old describes working with Lomachenko as the type of gift which puts him off retirement.
I am telling you without any reservation that Lomachenko is the greatest fighter I have seen since Muhammad Ali, Arum told BBC Radio 5 live’s boxing podcast, Lomachenko vs Rigondeaux
For me to take a modicum of credit would not be correct.
I’m not going to have any real part of it except to get him the fights necessary so that people acclaim him when he retires as the greatest fighter of all time and mention him in the same breath as Ali, Sugar Ray Robinson and those types, Rigondeaux vs Lomachenko Live.
Former four-weight world champion Roy Jones Jr has called Lomachenko-Rigondeaux the best professional fight ever made,Rigondeaux vs Lomachenko Live.
Rigondeaux, 37, is eight years older than his rival and has jumped two-weight classes to take the fight. Cuba’s 2000 and 2004 Olympic champion can win Lomachenko’s WBO title, a feat which would see him become a multiple-weight world champion, Rigondeaux vs Lomachenko Live.
He has been vocal on social media in denying those who have written him off but the weight jump, coupled with Lomachenko’s burgeoning reputation see him start as underdog with bookmakers, Rigondeaux vs Lomachenko
Lomachenko has lost once as a pro, a defeat to Orlando Salido in his second bout which was for a world title. And legendary trainer Freddie Roach believes Rigondeaux will come out on top, labelling him one of the best defensive fighters I have ever seen, Lomachenko vs Rigondeaux Live.
Arum admitted to BBC Sport boxing correspondent Mike Costello that the Cuban is phenomenal with a style which looks to pile up points, Lomachenko vs Rigondeaux Live.
The reason he hasn’t been marketable is because he has that Cuban style which is you win the early rounds and then you coast, said Arum. The difference between Rigondeaux’s philosophy and Lomachenko is Lomachenko is always in there looking for openings with the end result being to destroy his opponent – to look for weaknesses, knockout his opponent or make him quit, Lomachenko vs Rigondeaux Live.