By Vadim Pushkin
According to WBO featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko (5-1, 3KOs), he might return to the ring on April 16th.
Lomachenko made a defense of his title last November in a one-sided fight where he knocked out Romulo Koasicha in ten rounds on the Tim Bradley-Brandon Rios undercard at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.
The opponent is unknown, but the two-time Olympic gold medal winner is ready to face anyone in his division.
Lomachenko captured the title in June 2014 with a twelve round majority decision over Gary Russell Jr. He's made three defenses of the title since then.
For several months in 2015, Lomachenko's promoter Top Rank was trying to get him in the ring with another two-time Olympic gold medal winner, Guillermo Rigondeaux of Cuba (16-0, 10KOs).
Top Rank CEO Bob Arum claimed there were issues with the weight as the Cuban boxer wanted a catch-weight of 124 and there were also issues with Rigondeaux and his handlers requesting a substantial amount of money for the contest. HBO was interested in the fight, but they were not interested in breaking the bank to get it.
"In 2016 I want to get a big fight with a top opponent," Lomachenko said. "The situation with Guillermo Rigondeaux, I don't want to talk about it anymore. I have discussed this fight about three hundred thousand times. I'm ready to fight with him at any time, but there are problems with the promoters [reaching an agreement on the money]. Until they reach an agreement, my desire [to fight him] is not enough."
Rigondeaux returns to the ring next month in Liverpool against Jazza Dickens.
If Lomachenko decides to go up to 130-pounds. Arum would be interested in making a fight between him and WBA champion Takashi Uchiyama.