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Arum Pondering Gradovich-Lomachenko in Russia

by David P. Greisman

Promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank is considering a couple of interesting options for featherweight titleholder Evgeny Gradovich — one is a defense against Jayson Velez on the June undercard to Sergio Martinez vs. Miguel Cotto, and the other is a potential unification bout against Vasyl Lomachenko in Russia.

Velez is 21-0 with 15 knockouts and is co-promoted by Cotto’s company and by Golden Boy Promotions. He last fought in October, outpointing Dat Nguyen on the undercard to Cotto’s win over Delvin Rodriguez. Cotto’s company worked with Top Rank for that show.

But Arum said he’s also heading to Russia on Monday to talk about arranging a match for Gradovich there.

“I want to start promoting fights in Russia,” said Arum, and that makes sense, given the numerous fighters he has from that country and from other former Soviet states.

Besides Gradovich, there is Ukrainian featherweight two-time Olympic gold medalist Vasyl Lomachenko, who could capture a pro world title if he defeats Orlando Salido on March 1; Ukrainian light heavyweight bronze medalist Alexander Gvozdyk; Russian light heavyweight gold medalist Egor Mekhontsev; Russian junior welterweight titleholder Khabib Allakhverdiev; and Russian lightweight contender Denis Shafikov, who is coming off a title loss to Miguel Vazquez.

“Who knows, maybe it’s rushing it, but we can do a unification match with Lomachenko [and Gradovich],” Arum said. “That’d be absolutely huge in Moscow.”

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by .:: JSFD26 ::. on 03-02-2014

What are you pondering now Bob? [SIZE="1"][I]Posted from Boxingscene.com App for Android[/I][/SIZE]

Comment by Corelone on 03-01-2014

[QUOTE=King-;14281496]Does Lomachenko still get credit if he were to win tonight?[/QUOTE] Both ways. He'll win or lose against a bigger Salido.

Comment by bigcursedawg on 03-01-2014

[QUOTE=.:: JSFD26 ::.;14281415]With Salido's weight issue it shouldn't be hard now... [SIZE="1"][I]Posted from Boxingscene.com App for Android[/I][/SIZE][/QUOTE] I'm not sure how much of a issue it is. Salido didn't look drained to me. He had the look of a man…

Comment by Dolemite on 03-01-2014

[QUOTE=Szef99;14281520]No, he's a bum, who's always been overhyped and overrated. He probably ducks as well.[/QUOTE] He's fighting Salido for a title in his 2nd pro fight... Yeah, I'd say he's a "duck" for sure. Smh.

Comment by gingerbreadman on 03-01-2014

[QUOTE=King-;14281496]Does Lomachenko still get credit if he were to win tonight?[/QUOTE] Of course not, didn't you read the memo that every watchable fighter is a useless hypejob not worthy to lick any defensive boxer's boots?

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