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Lomachenko v Rigondeaux: Bob Arum, Roy Jones Jr & Freddie Roach on a super-fight


Roy Jones Jr has called Lomachenko-Rigondeaux “the best professional fighter ever made”.

Ukrainian Vasyl Lomachenko is the “greatest fighter since Muhammad Ali”, believes legendary promoter Bob Arum.

On Saturday, Lomachenko will defend his WBO world super-featherweight title against Guillermo Rigondeaux, holder of the WBO super-bantamweight crown.

The Madison Garden fight in New York is the Ukrainian’s 11th professional bout and the first time that two double Olympic champions have faced off.

“I’ve never seen a fighter as technically perfect as him,” said Arum.

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.

“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.”

A fight for the ages

Lomachenko’s father trained several Olympians

Former four-weight world champion Roy Jones Jr has called Lomachenko-Rigondeaux “the best professional fight ever made”.