Loma Unsure About Staying at 135 with Win
With his rise to the ranks to arguably the best pound-for-pound fighter in boxing, Vasyl Lomachenko is unsure what the future holds for him.
Lomachenko, who is still the WBO Super Featherweight champion, challenges Jorge Linares for the WBA Lightweight Title on May 12 at Madison Square Garden, but the Ukranian fighter says even with a win, he’s not completely sure on if he’ll remain at 135.
As reported by Boxing Scene, the WBO has given Lomachenko a deadline of 10 days following the title bout with Linares to decide if he will drop back down to 130 for a title defense.
“We have to see the way that everything is gonna go,” Lomachenko said. “And after that, we can decide what we wanna do. I wanna see what the opportunities are to fight in this weight class, what the opportunities are to go back in the [130-pound] weight class. So I’m gonna make a decision right away.”
If Lomachenko were to win the lightweight title and remain in the division, his biggest possible next bout could be a title unification match with WBO Lightweight Champion Ray Beltran. With a drop back down to 130 for a title defense, his biggest next potential fight could be against the 20-0 Gervonta Davis.
“[Lomachenko] has a great manager in Egis [Klimas],” Top Rank’s Bob Arum said. “We’ll sit together and talk. I would think that if he wins at 135, he’ll stay at 135. That’s what I think, but again, I don’t know for sure.”
Original Story: Boxing Scene