Golden Boy Prez: Arum Never Called To Do Lomachenko-Linares!

By Steve Kim

There has been some chatter about fights such as Manny Pacquiao versus Lucas Matthysse and a lightweight match-up between WBA titlist Jorge Linares (44-3, 27 KOs) and Vasyl Lomachenko (10-1, 8 KOs).

Those potential pairings are ones that involve boxers represented by Golden Boy Promotions and Top Rank.

But for the time being there has been no contact between the two sides in regards to those bouts.


Bob Arum, the CEO of Top Rank, seemed very eager to make the Lomachenko vs. Linares matchup.

Lomachenko, who currently holds the WBO super featherweight title, is going to make his lightweight debut on a date in April.

However, Gomez indicates that Arum never contacted his office to discuss that contest.

"No, not at all," said Eric Gomez, the president of Golden Boy, to

"They have not contacted us, at all. They haven't contacted us on Linares. I think it's a lot of lip service. I'm being told that they're waiting for the winner of (Ray) Beltran-(Paulus) Moses. I think despite Lomachenko calling Linares out on the social networks, his opponent is already pre-determined because they haven't made any overtures."

Beltran-Moses is scheduled for next week and is being contested for the vacant WBO lightweight belt. Beltran, like Lomachenko is represented by Top Rank.

Gomez does acknowledge that Arum called Linares' co-promoter Akihiko Honda of Japan - but the CEO of Teiken Promotions told Arum to call Golden Boy.

"They did speak to Mr. Honda. Mr. Honda told them to call us, they never did," stated Gomez.

"I think it's all lip service. Lomachenko already has an opponent, it's already been pre-determined and they're just trying to get a little more promotion out of using Linares' name."

In the meantime, Gomez says he'll be waiting for Bob Arum to give him a call.

"Actions speak louder than words," he says.

Steve Kim s the news editor for

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by bigdunny1 on 02-09-2018

[QUOTE=Mitchell Kane;18474777]From Dan Rafael's chat..... [url][/url][/QUOTE] Dan Rafael is Bob Arum's mouth piece and has been flat out wrong numerous times especially when folks quote rubbish he says in his chat. If he mentions anything that has to do with…

Comment by Mitchell Kane on 02-09-2018

From Dan Rafael's chat..... [url][/url] [QUOTE]They have made a seven-figure offer to Linares for Lomachenko on May 12.[/QUOTE] [QUOTE]Tony (NYC) Eric Gomez is on record yesterday that he NEVER heard from Top Rank on Linares. Arum contacted Honda, he told…

Comment by bigdunny1 on 02-09-2018

[QUOTE=Randall Cunning;18474182]So whats going on? Ring article today quotes Arum saying him and Honda are in discussions for 12th May at MSG, yet Golden Boy sound clueless to whats going on[/QUOTE] The RING article came out yesterday NOT today. Did…

Comment by Randall Cunning on 02-09-2018

So whats going on? Ring article today quotes Arum saying him and Honda are in discussions for 12th May at MSG, yet Golden Boy sound clueless to whats going on

Comment by Steven Mccowan on 02-09-2018

[QUOTE=Robi13;18472729]He has a loss and Mikey doesn’t... I’ll believe in loma when he beats Mikey, tank, alacrán, bunny, or El Niño de oro. Till then, save it... oh and by the eyeball test, loma has the skills to beat all…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (78)
Top Headlines De La Hoya Smiles at Golovkin: Good Luck With Derevyanchenko! Photos: Ancajas vs. Sultan, Yafai vs. Carmona - Ready For War Artur Szpilka Drops, Dominates Dominick Guinn Over Ten Rounds Miguel Cotto Helping Polish The Skills of Angel Acosta Izu Ugonoh Returns, Stops Fred Kassi in Three Rounds Photos: David Lemieux Looks Depleted at Weigh-In For Achour Mazion vs. Pauldo - Golden Boy on ESPN Co-Main Set, June 8 Danny Garcia vs. Shawn Porter Deal Reached For WBC Title Berchelt vs. Barros Finalized For Merida, To Be Carried By ESPN+ David Lemieux Fails To Make Weight, Move To 168 is Eyed Luis Nery: I'll Prove I'm The Best at 118, I Want My Title Back Joshua, Hearn Stand Firm: Wilder Fight Must Be in The UK News: Tyson Fury's Return, Bare Knuckle Boxing, James Beech Epic Sports CEO on Securing Whyte-Pulev, Signing Fighters, More Inoue Confirms He’ll Compete in WBSS Bantamweight Tournament Brendan Ingle, Dean Francis Pass Away: Boxing World Mourns Tony Bellew "100%" Interested In Fighting Oleksandr Usyk Inoue Blows Out McDonnell in 1st Round to Win Bantamweight Title Trout: I'm Going To Derail Charlo-Hurd, Get Rematch With Hurd! Shiro Knocks Out Lopez With Body Shot in 2nd Round of Rematch Warren: Tyson Fury Will Avoid Comeback Mistakes of Haye Kal Yafai is Keen To Make a Statement in American Debut Frank Bruno Backing Dan Azeez To Go Far in Boxing Haye: Joe Joyce Would Take Jarrell Miller and Dillian Whyte Apart Demecillo Knocks Out Moya, Wenceslao Destroys Tinampay Wilder: Trump is Huge Boxing Fan, Wants a KO in My Next Fight Warrington: I Was Doubted at Every Level, Now I'm Champion Regis Prograis: I Knew Jose Ramirez Wasn't Going to Fight Me Buboy Denies Chatter That Pacquiao is Burning Out in Camp Omar Chavez Targets Hector Camacho Jr. For August Clash De La Hoya: Golovkin is Afraid of Canelo - We're Moving On! Photos: Ancajas vs. Sultan, Yafai vs. Carmona - Final Presser Joseph Diaz Will Return Even Stronger, Says Manager Denis Shafikov vs. Hector Suarez Tops Hollywood Fight Nights Roman Gonzalez Eyes United States Return in September Whyte-Pulev: Surprise Bidder Beats Hearn, Sauerland For Rights Photos: Wilder, Sulaiman, Lewis, Stallone Hit The White House Jeff Horn Involved in Car Accident, No Injuries Suffered Donald Trump Issues Rare Posthumous Pardon To Jack Johnson Jermall Charlo: Me & My Brother Open to Hearing Hearn's Offers

Latest Active Forum Threads