Arum: Lomachenko Will Fight In Main MSG
Bob Arum appeared on the Walking The Floor podcast to discuss the development of Vasyl Lomachenko as a draw with Foo Fighters guitarist Chris Shiflett.
“The Loma-Rigo fight sold out in three days at The Theater at Madison Square Garden,” Arum said.
“And Joel Fisher, who runs events at The Garden, told me that the next time we bring Loma back to New York, it has to be in the big building because Lomachenko will easily sell it out. And the reason he says that is since we’ve announced the sellout, they get about 50 to 60 calls every day basically from Ukrainians who live in Brooklyn and other places in New York, looking to buy tickets to the fight. And when [Wladimir] Klitschko, which was the last terrific Ukrainian fighter to fight in The Garden, they came close to a sellout. And Lomachenko will do the same, maybe more. And I think with the platform we now have at ESPN, where a lot of their programming will be devoted to boxing … they’re beginning to talk more and more about boxing, and more and more about Lomachenko, and before you know it, I think he can be an icon.”
“I mean, Golovkin became pretty well known and was able to sell out, or came close to selling out The Garden. And Lomachenko, I think will exceed that. And the reason for that is Golovkin struggled with English, and to this day really isn’t articulate in English. And Lomachenko is so damn smart that when I told him to about six, nine months ago to be serious and study English, he came back three months later fluent in English. He’s an amazing, amazing guy.”
The capacity crowd of 5,000 expected to attend on Saturday night will exceed the attendance for any of the first four cards Lomachenko has headlined in the United States since June 2016. Those fights took place at The Theater at Madison Square Garden (against Rocky Martinez in June 2016), The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas (against Nicholas Walters in November 2016), MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland (against Jason Sosa on April 8) and Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles (against Miguel Marriaga on August 5).