Lomachenko Wants Beltran-Pedraza Winner In December

Even though he teased an August return, Vasyl Lomachenko is still in the midst of rehabbing the labrum he tore against Jorge Linares earlier this year.

Lomachenko does have a return date in mind, and looks towards a lightweight unification fight this winter.

Egis Klimas said in an interview with ESPN that Lomachenko is making strides in rehab, and is looking towards a winter return.

“Rehab is going really good,” Klimas said. “He’s working with his physical therapist. I think it’s healing very good. I spoke with the doctor and the doctor said it was a good surgery. So we’re looking to get him back on a checkup with the doctor.

“As far as the future, I just hung up [the phone] with [Top Rank promoter] Bob Arum and the plan is [Raymundo] Beltran is fighting [Jose] Pedraza on Aug. 25 and the winner [is] gonna be unifying titles with Lomachenko on Dec. 1.”

A Lomachenko fight against the winner of Beltran-Pedraza would headline a Top Rank card for ESPN’s ESPN+ platform. Beltran would win the WBO title in February, and makes his maiden defense against Pedraza on August 25th, on a card originally scheduled to be he and Lomachenko.

If Lomachenko gets past Beltran, a long awaited showdown with Mikey Garcia may be in the cards.

“We want that fight with Mikey Garcia. But Mikey Garcia is always walking out of that,” Klimas said. “We want the fight with Mikey Garcia. Let me repeat it two times — we want the fight. Lomachenko wants to fight Mikey Garcia. … Always excuses, excuses.

“If he wants to come over, his management can talk to our management. We can find a solution. I’m sure the fight can be made together with ESPN and Showtime to do a pay-per-view fight [together]. If he wants to fight a welterweight [Errol Spence Jr], let him fight a welterweight in his next fight. He can keep his belts and unify next year.”

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