Arum: Lomachenko Lacks Options At 130
The best option for Vasyl Lomachenko after he beat Guillermo Rigondeaux on Saturday night, Orlando Salido retired an hour following his technical knockout defeat to Miguel Roman. Salido is the only opponent to beat Lomachenko as a pro and Lomachenko had hoped to avenge that split-decision defeat in March 2014.
Arum isn’t sure if Lomachenko will remain at 130 pounds for a fifth defense of his WBO super featherweight title or move up to 135 pounds for his next fight.
“We’ll see,” Arum said.
“You’ve gotta have a real b**** 130-pounder, you know, a guy who wants to get a nice paycheck and knows that if he loses that his career isn’t over. Because, I mean, who’s gonna beat this guy? Come on. Come on, this is really special.”
Floyd Mayweather Jr. who promoters Gervonta Davis (19-0, 18 KOs), made it clear he doesn’t want the Baltimore product to fight Lomachenko anytime in the foreseeable future.
The 29-year-old Lomachenko is open to remaining at 130 pounds because he doesn’t have a lot of difficulty making that weight.
“My weight [was] 138,” Lomachenko said of what he weighed on fight night against Rigondeaux. “So if next fight [we can make] with some champion in my weight category, I stay in my weight category. But if not, if [Arum] gives me some interesting fight at 135, I’ll move up to 135.”
Top Rank’s vice president of boxing operations, Carl Moretti, mentioned Berchelt during the post-fight press conference.
“If we can fight Berchelt and unify,” Moretti said,
“…or one of the other champions – I can’t see a fight with Machado really selling. You know, the Japanese fighter won [Saturday night], too. You know, if we can’t make the fight at 130, we’ll have to move up to 135.”
The Japanese fighter to whom Moretti referred is Kenichi Ogawa. Tokyo’s Ogawa (23-1, 17 KOs) scored a controversial, 12-round, split-decision victory over Philadelphia’s Tevin Farmer (25-5-1, 5 KOs) in a bout HBO broadcast from Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.