By Steve Kim
So what's next for WBO super featherweight titlist, Vasyl Lomachneko, who made Guillermo Rigondeaux submit in six rounds this past weekend at the Theater of MSG?
"I heard that somebody from Top Rank is already talking about a unification. We want to unify titles. I think they've been talking to (Miguel) Berchelt, the WBC title-holder or any other unification," said Lomachenko's manager, Egis Klimas, to BoxingScene.com.
"If we can't get anything interesting at 130, we're going to be moving up to 135," he added.
Lomachenko (10-1, 8KO's) is a two-division champion having captured a belt at featherweight (defeating Gary Russell Jr. for the WBO belt) and he stopped Roman Martinez in five rounds for the current title he now holds.
The other current champions at super featherweight are Berchelt (WBC), Alberto Machado (WBA) and Kenichi Ogawa, who won the title on Saturday night by out-pointing Tevin Farmer in a disputed decision at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.
Berchelt had been ordered to make a mandatory defense against the winner of Orlando Salido vs. Miguel Roman, as that contest was set for the WBC interim-title. But then HBO cut the contest down to a ten rounder and the WBC interim-belt was pulled from the fight by the sanctioning body - so it remains to be seen if the WBC issues an order for Berchelt to fight Roman, who knocked out Salido in the ninth round.
The latest WBC rankings now have Roman in the number 1 super featherweight position, which was previously occupied by Salido.
If Lomachenko decides to move up to 135-pounds, there is also already interest from Golden Boy Promotions, who have WBA champion Jorge Linares. The Venezuelan champion is scheduled for an HBO televised defense of his title on January 27 against Mercito Gesta.
Steve Kim is the news editor for BoxingScene.com