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 BoxingScene.com 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 BoxingScene.com.