After he made Guillermo Rigondeaux quit on the stool between rounds back on Dec. 9, WBO Junior Lightweight Champion Vasyl Lomachenko officially established himself in his young career as one of the best pound-for-pound boxers in the sport today.
But now the talk surrounding Lomachenko has moved on to what could be next for the 29-year-old. It’s recently come out that he has thought about entry into next year’s World Boxing Super Series, as the tournaments are planned to focus on smaller weight classes. Meanwhile, WBA Lightweight Champion Jorge Linares, who defends his title on Jan. 27 against Mercito Gesta, has stated that he’ll welcome a fight with Lomachenko but the WBO champ wouldn’t be such a challenge for him.
Top Rank CEO Bob Arum recently stated that Lomachenko is lacking any options at the 130-pound weight class, and he is unsure if Lomachenko will remain in the division. In a recent video interview, Arum discussed the possibility of a bout between Lomachenko and Linares, as well as the possibility of Lomachenko vs. Mikey Garcia, the latter of whom challenges Sergey Lipinets for the IBF Junior Welterweight Title on Feb. 10.
“Hopefully [Lomachenko-Garcia] will be made. You gotta pay these guys a lot of money because they’re not stupid, they’re great fighters. Garcia’s a great fighter, Linares is a great fighter, but ask them deep down do they have a chance with this guy, they’ll tell you no.”
Arum was also asked about the possibility of a bout between Lomachenko and undisputed junior welterweight champion Terence Crawford. Arum has previously discussed a plan for Crawford to possibly fight WBO Welterweight Jeff Horn.
“I think right now [Lomachenko is] feeling his way up,” Arum said. “You have to understand what a great professional he is…I think he was gonna fight [Orlando] Salido in a rematch and Salido pulled out, so then we had to get an opponent and we had Rey Beltran on the card. So we said ‘fight Beltran at 135.’ He said ‘no, I’m preparing to fight at 130. You want me to fight Beltran, give me notice, and I’ll fight him at 135.’
You’re not dealing with a regular fighter here. You’re dealing with a guy who’s almost like a scientist when it comes to boxing.