WBO junior lightweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko has been called by Bob Arum “the greatest fighter since Muhammad Ali.’ That’s high praise for a guy with only 10 fights. In order for Lomachenko(9-1, 7 KOs) to reach the heights of a fighter like Ali, he is going to need to build his resume. He will have that chance on December 9 against WBA bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux(17-0, 11 KOs) at Madison Square Garden.
While Rigondeaux is one the best defensive fighters in the sport, Lomachenko believes he will not have any problems getting to Rigo.
“I have a plan in my head, a picture of what I am going to do but I don’t think it would be too smart to talk about it right now,” Lomachenko said. “I think it is better one time to see than 100 times to say.”
Whatever the game plan is on fight night, Lomachenko expects to bring the pain to Rigondeaux.
“I am like every single fighter – going into the ring I have in my mind ‘finish the bout before all the rounds are over and to get the victory before that,” Lomachenko said. “There is a good possibility that the fight will end before the twelfth round. I am not promising to knock him out, but I am promising to squash him.”