Lomachenko Vacates Junior Lightweight Title
After winning the WBA lightweight championship from Jorge Linares, Vasyl Lomachenko has vacated his WBO junior lightweight title on Friday.
Lomachenko won the title on May 12th, at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden, and he intends to defend it in his next fight. This week, Carl Moretti, Vice president of Top Rank, sent a letter to the WBO explaining Lomachenko’s decision.
“I am writing you on behalf of Team Lomachenko. As you are well aware on May 12 Vasiliy moved up in weight to challenge WBA lightweight champion Jorge Linares,” Moretti wrote. “As you saw, he was successful in capturing the lightweight title. Vasiliy wishes to continue to campaign in the lightweight division. Therefore, we respectfully relinquish our WBO junior lightweight title so that an opportunity may be given to the ranked contenders to compete for the vacant belt.
“Paco, we are so grateful to you and the WBO family for affording us the privilege of being a WBO world champion from the start of his career. We hope in the near future we will once again be afforded the chance to fight for another championship with the WBO. As always, we thank you for your continued support and friendship.”
Following his 10th round knockout of Linares, Lomachenko was set for an August 25th return to the ring at the Forum in Los Angeles, but according to Bob Arum, that’s no longer happening.
“Lomachenko will not go on Aug. 25, but it’s still possible that his next fight will be a unification with Ray,” Arum said, adding that after a trip home to Ukraine following the victory against Linares that Lomachenko would return to Southern California on Monday night and will meet with him and manager Egis Klimas next week to discuss his future plans.
Christopher Diaz and Masayuki Ito, who were scheduled to face off on July 28th, will now battle for the vacant belt in Kissimmee, Florida.
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