Lomachenko-Salido II Targeted for August
Vasyl Lomachenko has skyrocketed into pound-for-pound lists with his recent string of mesmerizing performances, but the young pro does has one blemish: a 2014 loss to Orlando Salido. The Ukrainian rising star will reportedly look to avenge that loss in 2017.
Lomachenko’s promotor, Top Rank’s Bob Arum, said that negotiations are going well with Salido’s team and the fight will likely happen in August of this year.
Arum told Ring TV that he and Salido’s manager Sean Gibbons are in the advanced stages of negotiations for a fight this summer. Gibbons confirmed that on Thursday, adding some insults towards Lomachenko who claimed he had moved on from caring about the Salido fight.
“On the 29th (that Monday), we look to move to close the deal with Bob,” Salido’s manager, Sean Gibbons, told The Ring on Thursday. “I see Lomachenko with the nonsense ‘it doesn’t matter.’ If you’re past it, daddy, quit thinking about it and move on. At the end of the day, Salido is a few years older, Lomachenko a few years better, but we’ll see what happens. Salido will be the best opponent since he fought Salido.”
Lomachenko (8-1) has rebounded from his early loss to Salido by becoming one of the most respected boxers in the game with only a handful of pro fights. He has won titles at both featherweight and junior lightweight; in June of this year, he landed one of the best knockouts of the year against Roman Martinez to win the 130-lb. WBO belt.
He last beat Jason Sosa in March.