Saturday’s junior lightweight title bout between Vasyl Lomachenko and Guillermo Rigondeaux is so historically distinctive since the first professional boxing match to feature fighters who have each won several Olympic gold medals, that putting it into proper context hasn’t been simple. In a lot of ways, it is a Super Bowl of the lower weight classes, featuring a rising star in Lomachenko (9-1, 7 KOs), that seized world titles in two weight divisions in just his seventh ace fight, along with the eldest Rigondeaux (17-0, 11 KOs), among the best defensive geniuses in history. You may just as easily call it a showdown for present pound-for-pound supremacy. Heck, Roy Jones Jr. went as far as saying it’s the very best battle on paper that expert boxing has ever seen. But for all its ravenous appeal to hard-core fans within the very niche world of the sport science, it was hard to envision it would connect to a greater audience beyond that. Although Lomachenko is becoming close, neither fighter speaks English full time in interviews and have styles which are heavier on technical wizardry (Rigondeaux has been frequently deemed boring) than bone-crushing knockouts. But something happened along the way. First, mythical promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank declared a four-year deal with ESPN earlier this season, which comprised Lomachenko’s August success over Miguel Marriaga, and secured prime property to the fight (9 p.m. ET) instantly after the Heisman Trophy ceremony. Secondly, the battle sold out the 5,500-seat Theater in Madison Square Garden in New York two months beforehand. The result has been a continuous stream of crossover buzz to get a fight pairing a fighter (Ukraine’s Lomachenko) who might already be the very best in the sport after just 10 expert spells against possibly the only person equipped to disarm him (Cuba’s Rigondeaux). Even the occasionally gruff Arum, who turns 86 on Friday and enters the 30th occasion he has promoted at”The World’s Most Famous Arena” throughout 50-plus years in boxing, had to admit he was pleasantly surprised by how the struggle was received. “I was gratified by the attention and the way this has captured, but know that I am involved with boxing, I really like boxing, and that I felt constantly that this fight is worthy of the attention it, in fact, has obtained,” 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 is not a fluke that it’s getting the attention that it is getting because of those participants involved. “It is 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 really fantastic. I am honored to promote this battle.” Read more here: