Vasyl Lomachenko and Guillermo Rigondeaux, both champions and two of boxing's best, were even more than that as amateurs.
They were the gold standard.
So a fight between them seemed natural, the first professional bout pitting fighters who each won two Olympic gold medals.
"It's obviously a historic fight," promoter Bob Arum said. "Two great, great fighters with two unbelievable pedigrees facing each other."
They fight Saturday at the Theater in Madison Square Garden for Lomachenko's 130-pound title, a popular pairing for fight fans who marveled at their mastery of the craft back when the prizes were medals around their necks, not belts...