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Lomachenko-Russell: Golden Boy Wins The Purse Bid

By Edward Chaykovsky

According to the World Boxing Organization, Golden Boy Promotions beat Top Rank in today's purse bid, earning the right to promote the fight between Gary Russell and Vasyl Lomachenko for the vacant WBO featherweight championship. Golden Boy bid $1,052,500, while Top Rank bid $1,050,000. The WBO was told fight will be held on June 21 in Los Angeles.

The belt became vacant when Orlando Salido failed to make weight for his fight with Lomachenko, a two-time Olympic gold medal winner, earlier this year. Then Salido beat Lomachenko (1-1, 1KO) by way of split decision. Russell (24-0, 14KOs) has been the mandatory challenger to the title for some time.

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Comment by JaguaresMx on 04-19-2014

Arum murdered Loma's career in his desperation to keep up with GB. Shocking. Russell should win. Also, if Russell wins, his best win would have come against a 0-1 boxer. JAJAJA TBA is hurt

Comment by krazyn8tive on 04-19-2014

Russell should and will win. When I watched the Salido-Lomachenko bout...I saw NOTHING special about Lomachenko. Nothing. Salido was dominating that fight despite what the cards looked like. After Russell wins, Lomo will be the most overhyped 1-2 fighter ever…

Comment by BigAlexSand on 04-19-2014

I have been a fan of Russell but disappointed in competition and doesn't change with what I believe is an obvious win and possibly a brutal KO win. Russell is too quick and if an old man gives Lomo problems…

Comment by garfios on 04-19-2014

[QUOTE=anonymous2.0;14440715]lol at GBP beating TR by 2.5k. You're already bidding over a million dollars, you can't spare 2.5k to match GBP?[/QUOTE] The bidding is in a closed envelop...

Comment by steven_z on 04-19-2014

[QUOTE=BennyBlanco;14441144]What about Lomachenko? He's fought literally two guys, one of whom was a journeyman who beat him decisively. Lomachenko by UD or KO over Russell after losing to journeyman Salido? Lol lol lol[/QUOTE]Funny. You're calling "journeyman" a 3 time world…

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