Lomachenko vs. Linares a Possibility, Says Golden Boy President

By Steve Kim

Vasyl Lomachenko dominated previously undefeated Guillermo Rigondeaux to the point where the Cuban called it a night after six rounds at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City this past weekend.

The reigning WBO super featherweight titlist, could soon be moving up to lightweight. After capturing a world title at 126-pounds and then 130-pounds, Lomachenko is looking for his third division title.

And one of the belt-holders at 135 is WBA champion, Jorge Linares.


And Golden Boy President, Eric Gomez, told on Monday morning, this company has no problem making that fight.

"If Lomachenko wants to fight real champions now and not fight guys who are two divisions smaller, yeah, you know what? We can do that fight, no problem. Linares will be a real test for Lomachenko," Gomez said.

Of course there is this not so small issue: Lomachenko is promoted by Top Rank who is aligned with ESPN (which has broadcast his last two bouts), while Golden Boy is the leading content provider for HBO.

"There's ways of working that out. If it's a big enough fight, there's ways of working that out," stated Gomez. "It all depends on if Lomachenko really wants to step up and be great and face some of these big names. If he wants to move up to lightweight, there's Jorge Linares."

Linares (43-3, 27 KO's) has an upcoming bout against Mercito Gesta at the Forum in Inglewood, California.

"Linares is going to be fighting on January 27th and obviously we would love to see how he does in the fight, it's a real fight. But if he should get through that title defense and Lomachenko really wants to become a champion and be considered one of the greats, no problem, we can do that fight with Linares," said Gomez.

Steve Kim is the news editor for

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by methodcal on 12-12-2017

[QUOTE=GhostofDempsey;18329328]So GBP insisted that Garcia sign with them to get Cotto and Linares, but they are willing to feed Linares to Loma? I'd like to see the fight but I doubt it happens.[/QUOTE] Not sure its a feeding..

Comment by chrisJS on 12-12-2017

Mikey is a cherry picker. Ran away when Gamboa accepted the call out and then fought a midget at 135 and bum ass Broner. Meanwhile called out and ducked Cotto and Linares (the last one had no contract attached too).…

Comment by methodcal on 12-12-2017

[QUOTE=herb666;18327633]Linares has 3 unavenged knockout losses. He's a shirker. Loma needs to fight Mikey next. And then move up to junior welter where he could get Crawford to come back down. Belts don't make a fight... fighters do.[/QUOTE] Are you…

Comment by methodcal on 12-12-2017

[QUOTE=kidbazooka;18328537]Linares more fundamentally sound a prettier text book fighter with lighting fast combos along with his greater length will be too much for lil chenko. Linares ud all day.[/QUOTE] I have this as a 50/50 fight. People seem to think…

Comment by GhostofDempsey on 12-12-2017

So GBP insisted that Garcia sign with them to get Cotto and Linares, but they are willing to feed Linares to Loma? I'd like to see the fight but I doubt it happens.

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