Saturday’s junior lightweight title bout between Vasyl Lomachenko and Guillermo Rigondeaux is so historically distinctive since the first professional boxing game to feature fighters who have won several Olympic gold medals, that putting it into appropriate context hasn’t been easy. In a lot of ways, it’s a Super Bowl of the lower weight classes, including a rising star in Lomachenko (9-1, 7 KOs), that captured world titles in two weight divisions in just his seventh pro fight, and the enigmatic Rigondeaux (17-0, 11 KOs), among the greatest defensive geniuses in history. You can just as easily call it a showdown for present pound-for-pound supremacy. Heck, Roy Jones Jr. went as far as saying it is the very best fight on newspaper that expert boxing has ever seen. However, for its ravenous allure to hardcore fans within the very niche world of the sports science, it was hard to imagine it would ever connect to a greater audience beyond that. Although Lomachenko is getting near, neither fighter talks English full time in interviews and have styles which are heavier on technical wizardry (Rigondeaux has been frequently deemed dull ) than bone-crushing knockouts. However, something happened along the way to challenge that theory. To begin with, mythical promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank declared a Student agreement with ESPN earlier this year, which comprised Lomachenko’s August success over Miguel Marriaga, and secured prime property for the fight (9 p.m. ET) instantly after the Heisman Trophy ceremony. Second, the fight sold out the 5,500-seat Theater in Madison Square Garden in New York two weeks beforehand. The result has been a continuous flow of crossover buzz to get a fight pairing a fighter (Ukraine’s Lomachenko) who may already be the very best in the game after just 10 expert spells against maybe the only person equipped to disarm him (Cuba’s Rigondeaux). Even the occasionally gruff Arum, who turns 86 on Friday and enters the 30th event he has promoted at”The World’s Most Famous Arena” during 50-plus years in boxing, had to acknowledge he was pleasantly surprised at how the fight was received. “I was gratified by the attention and the way this has caught on, but know that I’m involved with boxing, I really like boxing, and I felt constantly that this fight is deserving of the attention it, in actuality, has received,” Arum told CBS Sports on this week’s”In This Corner” podcast. “Was I assured of that coming ? No. It’s something that is well merited. It’s not a fluke that it is getting the attention that it is getting because of the participants involved. “It’s historic. These are two of the most important amateur fighters in boxing history and the fact that they are going at each other is something truly splendid. I am honored to market this fight.” Read more here: