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Lomachenko Not Sure He'll Stay at Lightweight If He Beats Linares

By Keith Idec

NEW YORK – Even if Vasiliy Lomachenko handles Jorge Linares as soundly as the odds suggest, Lomachenko isn’t certain he’ll remain at lightweight for his following fight.

Lomachenko, who’ll make his lightweight debut against Linares, wants to consider his options once their fight ends before deciding whether to continue competing at 135 pounds or moving back down to 130 pounds. Ukraine’s Lomachenko (10-1, 8 KOs) still owns the WBO’s super featherweight title, but the WBO has given Lomachenko until 10 days after Saturday night to let the sanctioning organization know if he intends to drop down to 130 pounds again for another defense of that championship.

“We have to see the way that everything is gonna go,” Lomachenko said through a translator. “And after that, we can decide what we wanna do. I wanna see what the opportunities are to fight in this weight class, what the opportunities are to go back in the [130-pound] weight class. So I’m gonna make a decision right away.”

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If Lomachenko beats Venezuela’s Linares (44-3, 27 KOs) to win the WBA lightweight title in the main event of ESPN’s telecast from Madison Square Garden (8 p.m. ET), the most obvious opportunity that would await him is a partial championship unification fight against WBO lightweight champ Ray Beltran (35-7-1, 21 KOs). Lomarchenko and Phoenix’s Beltran are promoted by Bob Arum’s Top Rank Inc.

“That depends on him,” Arum said, referring to Lomachenko. “He has a great manager in Egis [Klimas]. We’ll sit together and talk. I would think that if he wins at 135, he’ll stay at 135. That’s what I think, but again, I don’t know for sure.”

The biggest fight for Lomachenko if he were to return to 130 pounds would be a partial unification bout against Gervonta Davis (20-0, 19 KOs).

Floyd Mayweather Jr., Davis’ promoter, has changed his mind and is now willing to match Baltimore’s Davis against Lomachenko. Mayweather and Top Rank president Todd duBoef have discussed making a Lomachenko-Davis bout next if Lomachenko beats Linares.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by MDPopescu on 05-13-2018

[QUOTE=soul_survivor;18767011]Yeah he is quite tall for lightweight but isn't particularly muscular. The best part about him is that he can apply pressure and Mikey will have to be in tough.[/QUOTE] [IMG]https://www.boxingscene.com/forums/picture.php?albumid=1473&pictureid=14215[/IMG] ... both Mikey and Loma will stand bellow his…

Comment by soul_survivor on 05-13-2018

[QUOTE=MDPopescu;18766843]... just watch this: [IMG]https://www.boxingscene.com/forums/picture.php?albumid=1473&pictureid=14215[/IMG] Robert Easter Jr. ... height 5′ 11″ / 180cm; reach 76″ / 193cm... This guy should (at least) fight at 154... :)[/QUOTE] Yeah he is quite tall for lightweight but isn't particularly muscular. The best…

Comment by MDPopescu on 05-13-2018

[QUOTE=soul_survivor;18766831]Ah, I didn't see that on boxrec. If true its a fight whee Mike has no guarantee of winning.[/QUOTE] ... just watch this: [IMG]https://www.boxingscene.com/forums/picture.php?albumid=1473&pictureid=14215[/IMG] Robert Easter Jr. ... height 5′ 11″ / 180cm; reach 76″ / 193cm... This guy should…

Comment by soul_survivor on 05-13-2018

[QUOTE=MDPopescu;18766774]... it seems that Mikey and Easter Jr. just had agreed to fight on July 28 (please check with The Ring website)...[/QUOTE] Ah, I didn't see that on boxrec. If true its a fight whee Mike has no guarantee of…

Comment by MDPopescu on 05-13-2018

[QUOTE=soul_survivor;18766761]Mikey doesn't even have a fight set up so ease up there ricardo[/QUOTE] ... it seems that Mikey and Easter Jr. just had agreed to fight on July 28 (please check with The Ring website)...

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