Guillermo Rigondeaux may want Sam Maxwell’s number ahead of his super fight with Vasyl Lomachenko next month.
The super-slick southpaws go head to head for Lomachenko’s WBO super-featherweight championship at a sold-out Madison Square Garden on Saturday, December 9 – and Maxwell knows it’s a tough night for Rigondeaux.
He twice shared a ring with Lomachenko in World Series of Boxing in 2012 and says he gave him trouble – for 30 seconds!
The chatty Scouser, now a 4-0 super-lightweight prospect under Frank Warren, says going 10 rounds with Lomachenko is “my claim to fame.”
“It’s great to say I fought a superstar like Lomachenko,” said Maxwell, “and went 10 rounds with him.
“I felt I had my own and frustrated him at times. My long one twos gave him problems – for about 30 seconds!
“He is a genius and soon figured out what to do.
“He has moved on since then. He is 10 times the fighter he was when I fought him.
“He has everything. He was strong and had that ring knowledge. His feints were setting everything up.
“He is unreal.”
Maxwell says the fight with Rigondeaux is “too close to call” and added: “I want Lomachenko to win. The better he does, the better it makes me look!”
Maxwell is more than happy to point out that he has a win over the only fighter to beat Lomachenko in the amateurs, Albert Selimov.
Maxwell beat him during an Olympic qualifier in Turkey and given his amateur pedigree and age, he hopes to be fighting good opposition in the pro ring soon.
“I’m 29, I’m getting old and I need to get a move on !” he said.