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Lomachenko’s Manager: No Easy Route, Toughest Foes Next

by David P. Greisman

Vasyl Lomachenko was fast out of the gate once his pro career started in earnest, his six World Series of Boxing bouts not withstanding. He started off with a fourth-round knockout of 25-3 Jose Ramirez, then proceeded directly to a title fight against Orlando Salido.

Salido came in overweight, got away with plenty of low blows and still was only able to beat Lomachenko by split decision. Lomachenko went on to win a world title this past June, when the two-time Olympic gold medalist topped Gary Russell Jr. by majority decision.

Lomachenko’s next fight hasn’t been set. His manager, Egis Klimas, says promoter Top Rank will be speaking with HBO about Lomachenko this coming weekend.

Klimas says there’s no mandatory defense of Lomachenko’s World Boxing Organization title due, but that doesn’t mean they want the next voluntary defense to come against someone ranked too low.

“My opinion and his opinion would be to take a No. 1,” Klimas said. “Let him fight the No. 1. He wants to fight the toughest. He doesn’t want to go the easy route. So if it’s a free defense, we don’t want to pick from the other end and pick No. 15. Why don’t we pick a No. 1? If No. 1 is not available, go to No. 2, No. 3, No. 4. Give these guys a chance.”

The WBO rankings have Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo of Thailand (51-1 with 33 KOs, the loss coming to then-titleholder Chris John in 2012) at No. 1. He’s followed by Abner Mares at No. 2, Gamaleir Rodriguez (24-2-3 with 13 KOs and coming off a decision over Orlando Cruz) at No. 3, then Marvin Sonsona at No. 4.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by roly137 on 08-01-2014

I respect this guy

Comment by Son Of Fraud on 08-01-2014

Gotta hand it to Loma the guy has balls from the very first fight of his pro career. Why even mention Loma alongside Rigo? Loma doesn't feel the need to cheap shot people and bore the crowd into oblivion.

Comment by Black Barty on 08-01-2014

[QUOTE=bigjavi973;14814499]Loma was previously offered a fight with rigo and turned it down. If his team says they want the toughest fights, then rigo should be next.[/QUOTE] Source? All I remember is Loma being asked about the fight by a reporter…

Comment by LouIE G on 08-01-2014

[QUOTE=parrish duke;14814592]I feel you to a point. Gary Russel Jr. Made a horrible mistake and paid dearly.. but they are still rushing Loma because Gary Russell Jr. Wasnt really a tough fight for him - all I can think about…

Comment by Deevel916 on 08-01-2014

[QUOTE=parrish duke;14814592]I feel you to a point. [B]Gary Russel Jr. Made a horrible mistake and paid dearly.[/B]. but they are still rushing Loma because Gary Russell Jr. Wasnt really a tough fight for him - all I can think about…

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