Tuesday 25 April 2017
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Vasyl Lomachenko v Orlando Salido WBO title fight on for Jan 25th before Rigondeaux super-fight

Vasyl Lomachenko Orlando Salido

By Jordan Stoddart

Top Rank ruler Bob Arum is ready to pitch newly crowned WBO featherweight champion Orlando Salido with two-time Olympic Gold medalist Vasyl Lomachenko after the pair both featured on the undercard of Saturday’s big PPV card headlined by Timothy Bradley v Juan Manuel Marquez over in Las Vegas. Salido (40(28)-12-2) became a 3-time, two-weight world champion with a decent stoppage win (TKO7) over Orlando Cruz to regain the title he lost to Mikey Garcia at the start of the year. Also on the bill, Lomachenko looked sensational in his pro debut with a 4th round stoppage win over the durable Jose Ramirez. The Ukrainian amateur legend (1(1)-0) wanted to fight for a world title in his first pro-fight but under regulations he was not permitted to so after only 2 fights in the professional ranks he will now be granted his wish via the WBO 126 lb crown.

Arum is looking to make the fight between Salido and Lomachenko on January 25th at New York’s Madison Square Garden. He is also looking to make a WBO lightweight title bout between champion Ricky Burns and Terence Crawford on the busy bill, however the Scot’s promoter Eddie Hearn is not so keen on such a bout. The American promoter was also quick to dismiss a super-fight between mutual two time Olympic Gold medalists and amateur legends in Lomachenko and 122 lb king Guillermo Rigondeaux. For one, the Cuban is fighting at a weight class below the thriving 126 lb arena and the Ukrainians paymasters also want their star to have a tad more mainstream exposure before he faces off with his Cuban counterpart in what would be a highly lucrative duel.

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