Lomachenko Ponders Entry Into WBSS
In a recent interview, Richard Schaefer, who is involved in the ongoing World Boxing Super Series tournaments, revealed that the organization is going to focus on the smaller weight divisions in 2018.
At the moment, the WBSS has ongoing tournaments at cruiserweight and super middleweight.
The 2018 tournaments will look to focus between 118 to 126-pounds, but they might go even higher.
One of Vasyl Lomachenko’s close friends, WBO cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk, is currently involved in the WBSS tournament – as are nearly all of the major beltholders in his weight class.
“[Next year] we will be completely looking to make a tournament in the smaller divisions, season two would be 118, 122 or 126. I’m sure there will be many Mexicans and other Latino fighters who will be invited to participate,” Schaefer revealed.
“Many of the fighters [in the ongoing tournaments] have been from Europe because at cruiserweight that’s where the best fighters are (Ukraine, Russia, Poland and Latvia), as well as two Cubans. Super middleweight is also strong in Europe, particularly with George Groves and Chris Eubank. they will face each other in the semi-final in January, which will undoubtedly be an event that will eclipse the world.”
If they decide to do a WBSS tournament at super featherweight, and the other champions get on board, then Lomachenko would enter.
“It depends on what the weights are. If it’s a weight in which I’m boxing in, then of course it will be interesting to me – because it would make it possible to win all of the belts in one big swoop – this is what I want, what I’ve been striving for for many years,” Lomachenko told Ukrainian Sport.
The super featherweight division is one of the most talent rich weight classes in the sport.
Lomachenko has already stated that if he doesn’t secure a unification at the weight, he intends to move up to the lightweight limit of 135-pounds to purse a third world title.