Lomachenko Eyes Flanagan, Then Garcia
Vasyl Lomachenko continues to prove that he deserves to be called the best fighter in boxing. After another dominant and spectacular win on Saturday, Lomachenko is eying a move up to the lightweight division, and he only wants to fight champions.
According to the Ukrainian phenom’s manager Egis Klimas, Lomachenko will likely not stay at junior-lightweight after his stoppage victory over Jason Sosa.
The most likely fight to welcome Lomachenko to lightweight is one with WBA champion Terry Flanagan, who has said that he is willing to fight Lomachenko in England.
“There are not 130-pound champions that [will] fight him,” Klimas said. "The answer already has been, ‘No, no, no.’ So probably I would like for him to step into the 135 division. If we can go to fight in England – Flanagan won [Saturday] against Petrov – and if we can, we’ll go get that fight. If he will win that fight in England, then I would prefer for him to then defend his title once here in the U.S. to build a fight with Mikey Garcia."
A fight between Lomachenko and Garcia, who returned to the ring to win the WBC lightweight title with a vicious knockout in January, has suddenly become one of the most anticipated fights in boxing. Assuming that Garcia doesn’t move up to junior-welterweight too soon, he and Lomachenko will be on a collision course as soon as Lomachenko arrives at 135 lbs.
“If it were up to me, that’s what I would like to do," Klimas continued. "[Lomachenko-Garcia] would be an interesting thing for the sport, an interesting thing for the fans. Not just for me, because I see the picture and it would be challenging, and it would be interesting for TV, for fans, for boxing.”
Garcia (36-0, 30 KOs) has also set his sights on a unification fight with WBA champion Jorge Linares, who just defeated Anthony Crolla in dominant fashion in a rematch.
If Lomachenko can be successful in his bid at lightweight and claim Flanagan’s title, and Garcia can continue to rack up other belts, a lightweight super-fight for all the titles could be on the cards in early 2018.