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Salido-Lomachenko To Face Gary Russell Jr. Next?

By Luke Furman

The World Boxing Organization officially sanctioned the fight between champion Orlando Salido and prospect Vasyl Lomachenko, set for March 1 in San Antonio, Texas. But the fight was sanctioned on the basis of the winner facing the "mandatory challenger within 75 days." The boxer currently ranked as the number one contender is undefeated Gary Russell Jr. (24-0, 14KOs).

It will be interesting to see what happens after March 1. Russell is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and advised by Al Haymon. Top Rank, who promote Salido and Lomachenko, have not done business with Golden Boy in several years and it's very unlikely the two sides would reach a direct agreement on such a fight.

More likely, as was the case with the junior middleweight eliminator between Vanes Martirosyan (TR) and Erislandy Lara (GBP), the winner of March 1 vs. Russell is going to head to a purse bid. 

Luke Furman covers boxing for bokser.org

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by zackrocha on 02-08-2014

[QUOTE=ShoulderRoll;14213899]Salido or Lomachenko will vacate the belt rather than fight Russell. Wait and see. He's high risk low reward and isn't under contract with Top Rank. This isn't a difficult prediction to make.[/QUOTE] Can Someone Tell Me He's Joking???????

Comment by zackrocha on 02-08-2014

[QUOTE=Corelone;14215288]What the? An undefeated fighter, who has fought TBA 26 times, is calling out the winner of a guy with 12 losses and a guy with only two fights. For a championship? Where is everybody?[/QUOTE] Guy With 12 Losses, took…

Comment by Corelone on 02-07-2014

What the? An undefeated fighter, who has fought TBA 26 times, is calling out the winner of a guy with 12 losses and a guy with only two fights. For a championship? Where is everybody?

Comment by illpapi on 02-07-2014

[QUOTE=Rapid8Fire;14213241]Glad to see Gary's name in the mix of things. He shows great promise and IMO he could be a top p4p fighter if puts his work in.[/QUOTE] In my opinion Russell is not p4p material. I think he is…

Comment by whoseyourdaddy on 02-07-2014

[QUOTE=Rapid8Fire;14213241]Glad to see Gary's name in the mix of things. He shows great promise and IMO he could be a top p4p fighter if puts his work in.[/QUOTE] Do you mean if he stops fighting the same guy over and…

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