Rigondeaux’ manager accepts offer from Lomachenko’s manager

Guillermo Rigondeaux’ manager accepts offer From Vasyl Lomachenko’s manager

CORK, Ireland (July 13, 2015) – Irishman Gary Hyde, the manager of unified super bantamweight (122 lbs.) world champion Guillermo “The Jackal” Rigondeaux(15-0, 10 KOs), has accepted in principal the offer made by Egis Klimas, manager of World Boxing Organization (WBO) featherweight (126 lbs.) champion Vasyl “Hi-Tech” Lomachenko (4-1, 2 KOs), for a Super Fight.

Rigondeaux is the reigning World Boxing Association (WBA) Super, WBO and The Ring magazine’s super bantamweight champion.

Cuban-native Rigondeaux, who now lives in Miami, and Ukrainian-born Lomachenko are both two-time Olympic gold medalists.

“‘Rigo’ will fight Lomachenko at a catchweight of 124 pounds, which should be no problem for Lomachenko because he weighed 125 pounds for one of his professional fights, Hyde said. “‘Rigo’ is a small 122-pounder who could make 118 without much trouble, but he would be giving away size and weight advantages to face Lomachenko.

“We would insist on a rehydration clause of 135 pounds for fight night. If Klimas agrees to this, then, we have a fight. Lomachenko is a masterful fighter like ‘Rigo’ and this match- up will be a classic. We have a pair of two-time Olympic gold medalists and current world champions going at it. I believe ‘Rigo’ is the more ferocious of the two fighters and I firmly believe ‘Rigo’ will dominate Lomachenko. Klimas, you know what you must do to make the fight, just pick up the phone and call me. ‘Rigo’ is ready!”

Follow Hyde on Twitter at @NoWhere2Hyde and friend him at www.facebook.com/gary.hyde.50?fref=ts.

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COMMENTS

-deepwater2 :

Rigo's manager accepted offer? What? That is not correct. Loma's manager said no catchweight.Period. Rigo's people insist on not only a catchweight at 124 but a rehydration clause as well. That is not the offer. Here is what was said by Loma's people: "I think another fight that would be very good for fans and for everybody is Lomachenko vs (Guillermo) Rigondeaux," said the manager, who made it clear this bout would have to take place at 126-pounds, no catch-weight. Rig's people are playing games. Not cool. Hopefully something can be negotiated but the rehydration clause is a no-no.


-stormcentre :

Oh oh . . . looks like we better get ready for some media and contractual argy-bargy. Hope this fight gets made. :)


-brownsugar :

This going no where, Lomanchenko already turned Rigo down in 2013. After Lomanchenko got jobbed by Salido he has taken the precaution to not get involved with fighters who have a propensity to be over weight, and he only wants to fight for titles, or other champions. To Lomanchenko's credit he never made an excuse about his loss to Salido, and even though Salido came in heavy and fouled his way to victory, Lomanchenko only had these words " you have to beat the champ convincingly, there must not be any doubt about who won the fight". When Walters came in heavy and was stripped in his last fight Lomanchenko said he was no longer concerned with Walters since he didn't show the professionalism of a champion and was stripped of his belt. Lomanchenko rehydrates to about 140 or higher, Hyde is trying to trivialize the catch weight but how could he know the fighters' body better than the fighter himself...Lomanchenko knows that Rigondeaux needs him more than he needs Rigo. Lomanchenko's side will not give-in on the weight, and they shouldn't because VL can barely make 126....if Rigo wants this shot, Hyde and Caribe should consider fighting Lomanchenko at his natural weight. If Rigo's luck wasn't bad he'd have no luck at all. After Rigo out classed Donaire, Arum publically lamented his acquisition of Rigo, labeling him as being totally unmarketable. Arum was hoping his comments would either change Rigo's innate character from that of a boxer to a slugger or ran him off the ranch.... Since then Rigo has been basically waiting for his contract to expire, after his one round destruction of Sod K in China this past December, Rigo has been collecting cobwebs while awaiting his transition to Al Haymon's perpetually growing stable of formerly malcontent fighters. If there has ever been a pied piper of the boxing world, Al Haymon is his name, the mass exodus to his camp continues unabated even in the face of pending legal issues. Meanwhile one of the most talented professionals in the he world still can't get a meaningful fight. If Rigo won't move up for Lomanchenko who is entirely justified for holding his ground at 126, maybe Rigo can earn ten thousand a week doing miscellaneous clerical duties in Haymon's office....lol Rigo feels he can get Cruz whom he would fight at any weight assuming he bests Mares this fall. ( my prediction is Cruz via UD or TKO )since he will be signing with the same advisor, but any outcome is possible. Anyway the superfight of the century seems somewhat in doubt.


-Radam G :

Poppycock! Can you prove that Rigo is waiting for his contract to expire so that he can get with tsAH? Where did you hear this syet. Did Rigo make a personal phone call to you? Rigo won't give in to fight a man at 126, but in your own words he was begging to spar with a 150-pound Pacquiao. Gee whiz! GTFOH! Holla!


-SuperLight :

Poppycock! Can you prove that Rigo is waiting for his contract to expire so that he can get with tsAH? Where did you hear this syet. Did Rigo make a personal phone call to you? Rigo won't give in to fight a man at 126, but in your own words he was begging to spar with a 150-pound Pacquiao. Gee whiz! GTFOH! Holla!
Radam, in your own words, there is a special sparring culture, and weight classes don't mean syet. That notwithstanding, and whether the story about Rigondeaux wanting to spar with Pac is true, can you admit that there is a big difference between a sparring session and a professional boxing match?


-Bernie Campbell :

How bout Nick Walters as an alternative to Rigo?


-Radam G :

Radam, in your own words, there is a special sparring culture, and weight classes don't mean syet. That notwithstanding, and whether the story about Rigondeaux wanting to spar with Pac is true, can you admit that there is a big difference between a sparring session and a professional boxing match?
Of course! There is a very big difference. And there is also a very big difference between pugs. Some smaller ones, the larger pugs need to pull their shots on in sparring. But there are those smaller ones who are bionic. A big arse cannot hurt them with syet. And will get KTFO! So that big arse is on his Ps and Qs firing with full power like no tomorrow. When "Lights out" Toney was a middleweight, no heavyweight pulled shots on him in sparring. When "HitMan" Hearns was a welterweight, no heavyweight pulled shots on him in sparring. The late, great middleweight "Ruben "The Hurricanes" Carter used to make the late, great Sonny "Night Train" Liston cry in none-pulling-shots sparring sessions. Welterweight Clint Jackson used to make the late Michael "Dynamite" Dokes bytch quit in sparring sessions. Flyweight "Little man" Harold Petty used to terrorize welters and middles. Back in the super old days, welterweights and middleweights like Harry Greb, Micky Walker, Don FitzSimmon, Sam Langford and "da pint-size Canadian dude who won the heavyweight title of the world -- I will let you look him up -- would beat da holy hebejeebeez outta giant heavyweights. I have never weight more than a 146.9 pounds in my life and even "Iron" Mike didn't pull his shots on me. My friend, don't get into believing one though of anything. Because there are always exceptions to every rule and tool. I will straight puck up a heavyweight who pulling shots on me. Holla!


-Radam G :

Just so that you will know, Superlight, weight doesn't always have something to do with how well that you can take a punch. Just as height doesn't always have something to do with how well that you can jump and dunk a ball. At a c-hair under 5-foot-7, I can dunk a basketball. But my little brother -- American born and reared -- at 6-foot-4 cannot. And I can high jump 6'4 over the pole. He cannot do more than 5'10. Just as punchers (and jumpers) are born, I believe that punch takers are born. So, once again, size doesn't mean syet in sparring under the correct conditions. Money May cannot break an egg, but he can take a heckuva punch. If the trolls up in diz Universe pestering me wanna meet up with me in dat squared jungle in sparring sessions, I will wreck their arses. Beat those big arses like drums in a half of round each. They jive and connive and are keyboard warriors on the Internet, but they don't want this work in da actuality of da double fudge reality. They are just aging, punkified, bytch-arse, big-arse trolls who let their youth pass them by without them doing da do. They have never been 'bout it, bout it! And at the top of da game or know dilly squat about da real real. Holla!


-SuperLight :

Just so that you will know, Superlight, weight doesn't always have something to do with how well that you can take a punch. Just as height doesn't always have something to do with how well that you can jump and dunk a ball.
Radam, I'm well aware. I agree with most of what you've said in the above two posts. I disagree about punchers being born, but that is another story and has its own thread(s) anyway. Now about Rigo and Loma, last interview I read of Lomachenko's, he was not willing to go down in weight to meet Rigondeaux, and rightly so, I say. Whether Rigo will really go up I cannot pretend to know. However, the calibre of both these guys would make me think they'd avoid as many concessions as possible. I can't blame them there, but I am not at all fond of catchweights in this age of many weight classes and sanctioning bodies.


-Radam G :

V-Lo has rejected a "catchweight" scrap with Cuban Willie Rigo. And it is still not making any sense to me. Especially that CWR is suppose to be so great and superbad that the first thing that he did when he came to the USA from Cuba and went to the Wild Card Gym in SoCal was to beg to spar with a 150-pound, wrecking-ball "Pacquiao," according to uber all-knowing B-Sug! Holla!