Now, Vasyl Lomachenko Has Direct Eye on Mikey Garcia
on Apr 12, 2017 04:04 AM EDT
He wants to stay at 130 lbs primarily for the objectives of unifying the division and for a chance to avenge a solitary loss in his 8-fight career. But Vasyl Lomachenko (8-1, 6 KOs) has seemed to have created an atmosphere in the 130-lbs division in which people became unwilling to face him.
The very resilient and battle-tested Orlando Salido had turned down Lomachenko's offer for a rematch couple of months ago. Former world champ Jason Sosa, the replacement for the Mexican, had the audacity to face Lomachenko but was easily repulsed by the Ukrainian phenom without significant resistance Saturday.
With no immediate opponent in sight, the formerly decorated Olympian who won 2 Olympic gold medals for his native Ukraine has appeared to be stepping up his competition by a possible relocation to the 135-lb weight category. Doing this would set Lomachenko up for one colossal confrontation with Mikey Garcia - and this is what Lomachenko would love to do.
Undefeated in 36 fights capped with 30 knockouts, Mikey Garcia is equally a fighter of immense talent. This American warrior who hails from Ventura, California has been whipping people - so dominantly and brutally - using his trademark waiting and ambush approach. Mikey Garcia currently holds the WBC lightweight belt, his third world crown, after making easy work in dethroning erstwhile undefeated champion Dejan Zlaticanin.
Although nothing has already been set in stone but it looks like Mikey Garcia is going to pursue a prior plan. Last month, when George Linares successfully defended his WBA lightweight diadem against Anthony Crolla, Linares and Garcia was already sort of agree they will be staging a unification bout, probably in July.
The potential Linares - Mikey Garcia unification bout is a good thing for Lomachenko since this would afford him a tune up fight in order to test the waters at 135. Should he be successful, he could eventually face Garcia in a moment of truth; that is if the Venezuelan talent proves to be incapable to stop the Mikey Garcia train.
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