Bob Arum Looks to UFC To Why Marriaga Received Lomachenko Fight

On a conference call on Thursday, promoter Bob Arum made his case to why Miguel Marriaga is the one to face Vasyl Lomachenko tomorrow night on ESPN.

“UFC has taught us that a loss is not a death sentence,”

The well-known promoter, who at one time was a vicious critic of MMA would go on to say, “if a guy loses a fight, but he loses heroically and he gives a hundred percent, people wanna see him fight again and you can bring him back again. He lost the fight to (Oscar)Valdez, but he fought a very, very courageous fight. It was close and he fought a very courageous fight.”

And while Marriaga fell to Valdez,  the former featherweight had to earn his unanimous-decision win. That toughness is one of the reasons Marriaga was considered an acceptable opponent for Lomachenko when a rematch with Orlando Salido fell through.

Ukraine’s Lomachenko is the favorite to beat Colombia’s Marriaga by a wide margin. Marriaga moved up from featherweight to super featherweight to challenge Lomachenko for his WBO 130-pound championship Saturday night in California.

Original Story: Boxing Scene



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