Ukraine’s Vasyl Lomachenko may get his revenge in the fight against Mexican Orlando Salido – the only boxer so far that managed to defeat Lomachenko in his professional career. Salido’s manager Sean Gibbons said that in an interview with Boxing Scene.
‘Salido has agreed in principle to the rematch. Financially Salido has agreed to terms so it’s a matter of working out one last thing which I’ll leave to Top Rank to handle. We’ve done everything possible to give Lomachenko the chance to avenge his only professional loss,’ he said.
Speaking about his odds for the fight, Gibbons surmised there could be a lot of intrigue in it, given physical conditions of both fighters. ‘Salido is older, a little more tired, Lomachenko is a little better so it makes for an intriguing fight. Salido is not shot hand and feet wise, maybe doesn’t take as good a shot but he gets up and he’s there to rumble all night. He’s a big man at that weight and that creates problems for Lomachenko who is really not a big guy. If he goes to 135lbs he’s going to have a problem,’ Salido’s manager concluded.
When asked about the actual date of the bout, Gibbons assumed that the sides would know that ‘by Thursday’.
The Salido-Lomachenko bout was held in San Antonio, Texas in March 2014. Back then, the fighters went toe-to-toe for WBO world title. Lomachenko lost a controversial split decision despite landing 164 punches out of 441 vs 142 punches out of 645 for Salido. Two judges had it for Salido, 116–112 and 115–113, while the third had it for Lomachenko 115–113.
The Ukrainian recognized the decision was fair and promised to return. That was his second fight in the professional career; had he won, he would have broken the record set by Thai fighter Saensak Muangsurin, who won a junior welterweight world title in his third pro fight in 1975.
In April 2017, the Ukrainian defeated Jason Sosa, thus defending his WBO junior lightweight champion title.