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Lomachenko, Promoter Still Want to Make Salido Rematch This Year

By Keith Idec

Vasyl Lomachenko’s handlers have tried to make a Lomachenko-Orlando Salido rematch for each of Lomachenko’s last two fights.

It still hasn’t happened, but Lomachenko hasn’t given up hope of getting a chance to avenge his lone professional defeat. Salido defeated Lomachenko by split decision in just the second professional fight for the gifted southpaw, a 12-round featherweight championship match three years ago.

“I would like to fight him, but probably [within] a one-year period,” Lomachenko said through his manager/translator, Egis Klimas. “If it’s gonna be longer than that, I’m not gonna be interested in fighting him because that bout is not gonna bring me anything. But in general, yes, I would like to step back in the ring with him to show how much better I can be in our second bout.”

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For now, the two-time Olympic gold medalist from Ukraine will settle for an optional WBO super featherweight title defense against Colombia’s Miguel Marriaga on Saturday night in Los Angeles (ESPN).

Carl Moretti, Top Rank Inc.’s vice president of boxing operations, told ESPN.com a month ago that Mexico’s Salido (44-13-4, 31 KOs, 1 NC) turned down a $720,000 purse to face Lomachenko again Saturday night. That’s why Top Rank, Lomachenko’s promoter, turned to Marriaga (25-2, 21 KOs), a choice that has drawn criticism because Marriaga lost a unanimous decision to WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez (22-0, 19 KOs) in his last fight, April 22 in Carson, California.

“We really wanted to launch the ESPN [series] with Lomachenko preferably in the rematch with Salido,” Top Rank president Todd duBoef said during the conference call Monday. “We were given representation that [Salido] was gonna take a tune-up fight in May and go forward with it. And, you know, they kind of dragged us out and said he had a hurt hand and he couldn’t make the weight.

“I mean, listen, our business model is a little different than what our business model has been in the past, where we had to wait on fights for fighters to stay active. So what we did was we said, ‘Listen, Vasyl is a commercially incredible fighter that we want the public to see. We’re not gonna be held up by an opponent. We’re not gonna be held up in a situation. We’re going to make him available, so that millions of people can watch him on ESPN, and they can see the story and see his brilliance.’ And that’s why we pivoted to Marriaga.”

Despite their inability to strike a deal with Salido throughout 2017, Top Rank executives haven’t given up on arranging a Salido-Lomachenko rematch for later this year. His split-decision defeat to Salido is the lone blemish on the 29-year-old Lomachenko’s professional record and has been questioned because Salido repeatedly hit Lomachenko low during that March 2014 bout in San Antonio.

“If Salido comes back,” duBoef said, “and says, ‘Listen, I’m ready for the fight. I’m sorry about all this stuff, I’m healthy now – let’s go,’ obviously we’ll talk to Egis and we’re all in. We’re here to make good matches and give the public what they want.”

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 j.razor on 08-04-2017

[QUOTE=aceventura;17909862]i think everyone does it arum, oscar, haymon and eddie!! but somehow arum gets a lot of passes for these blatant cherries.... haymon doesnt get many passes i think its because he doesnt wine and dine the media with free…

Comment by aceventura on 08-03-2017

[QUOTE=boxingitis;17914485]Ask Bob Arum what his plans are to make as much money as possible. He should make Verdejo vs Lomachenko. Im pretty sure that is his plan. Have Verdejo beat Flanagan for the WBO 135 and then have Loma vs…

Comment by boxingitis on 08-03-2017

[QUOTE=aceventura;17911519]then moveu p and fight beltran lol if mikey can move up so quick after a 2 year layoff and beat broner at 140.. im sure the so called p4p best loma can move up and fight a journeyman like…

Comment by The Viper on 08-01-2017

[QUOTE=larryxxx.;17909104]Salido is way past done...The rematch is pointless[/QUOTE] [QUOTE=Robbie Barrett;17909106]Because Salido hasn't looked good. He has no title. Everyone knows Lomachenko beats him easily. There's better fights for Lomachenko to fight, fights the fans would want to see. Salido is…

Comment by Feint First on 08-01-2017

Only pathetic excuse Lomo fans can offer is "but, but, but,........he only has less than 10 fights." Dude is pushing 30 already with 100+ amatuers fights. So when he's 35 with an 18-1 record fighting bums twice a year, are…

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