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Arum Admits Lomachenko Great, May Never Be Crossover Star

By Victor Salazar

Top Rank’s CEO Bob Arum has promoted the best of the best throughout the years.

Recently, Arum has promoted two of the most decorated amateurs of all time in Guillermo Rigondeaux and now Vasyl Lomachenko - with each man winning two Olympic gold medals.

Lomachenko (5-1, 3 KOs) returns this Saturday night, attempting to capture his second divisional title when he faces WBO super featherweight world champion Roman ‘Rocky’ Martinez of Puerto Rico at The Theatre at Madison Square Garden on the eve of the National Puerto Rican Day Parade. Many have compared the styles of the two great amateurs.

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Rigondeaux’s style was not appealing to HBO and Arum even famously was quoting as saying Rigondeaux’s style made the executives of HBO ‘throw up’.

So when the question was posed if he would have the same issue with Lomachenko, Arum responded by saying that he realizes the talented Ukrainian may never become a crossover star on pay-per-view in the United States, but he's confident the boxer will finish up his career with Hall of Fame credentials.

“Rigondeaux is a major talent. Would it denigrate Vasyl to compare him to Rigondeaux? His style may never resonate with fans but his resume already speaks volumes. His body of work means he’s a great fighter. I don’t know if I can make him into a pay per view star and he understands that. My job at the end of this is to make sure he finishes his career as a great fighter,” Arum said.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by HeroBando on 06-11-2016

[QUOTE=g27region;16779543]Yes, right now there's only one star of big magnitude in boxing and it's Canelo. I can assure you that you will never see a boxer from Eurasian countries (like Russia, Kazakhstan or Ukraine) who will be able to sell…

Comment by g27region on 06-11-2016

[QUOTE=HeroBando;16779531]How many fighters can sell 200k vs no name in the US? One, and he just forfeited his belt to second biggest star to avoid the biggest fight in boxing[/QUOTE] Yes, right now there's only one star of big magnitude…

Comment by HeroBando on 06-11-2016

[QUOTE=g27region;16779474]A star who can't even sell 200, 000 on ppv[/QUOTE] How many fighters can sell 200k vs no name in the US? One, and he just forfeited his belt to second biggest star to avoid the biggest fight in boxing

Comment by sicko on 06-11-2016

Well the good thing about Loma is that he is still very young but thanks to the way HBO has Dumb Down Boxing and how they built up a Low IQ Boxing Fanbase that think if you don't score quick…

Comment by G G G on 06-11-2016

Loma is good but nothing makes him stand out, he is not too entertaining to watch. He is like staring at an ice hokey puck moving around but after a while it gets dull.

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