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Lomachenko Manager: Preference is To Unify at 130

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.

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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

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Bronx2245 on 12-13-2017

[QUOTE=Boxing Logic;18331270]I just want to see him vs good opponents, at whatever weight. Berchelt at 130 is nice. Linares and Mikey at 135 are nice. At the same time, boxing is at its best when we see guys at their…

Comment by Bronx2245 on 12-13-2017

Berchelt is a decent fight, but can he (will he) leave HBO to fight Loma on ESPN? Would Oscar let that happen? I doubt it! I say Loma's best options are 1) Pacquiao @ 140, 2) GRJ @ 130, 3)…

Comment by The Old LefHook on 12-13-2017

Win more titles with fewer fight than anyone in history. Don't stick around to fight guys we all know will not touch you.

Comment by Boxing Logic on 12-13-2017

I just want to see him vs good opponents, at whatever weight. Berchelt at 130 is nice. Linares and Mikey at 135 are nice. At the same time, boxing is at its best when we see guys at their best.…

Comment by BillyBoxing on 12-13-2017

[QUOTE=minemax;18330954]Trying to stay at 130 is the right thing to do. There's still some unfinished business here.[/QUOTE] Vargas, Berchelt, Machado, Corrales, Gamboa, Roman, Castellanos, Tank, Farmer, Ogawa... There are some good fights. I would like Machado or Berchelt who are…

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