Orlando Salido: Lomachenko will be world champion in the near future

Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

Orlando Salido handed Vasyl Lomachenko his first pro loss this past Saturday in San Antonio, but the veteran believes the younger fighter is going to be a world champion soon.

Calling Vasyl Lomachenko the best pure boxer he's ever faced, Orlando Salido predicts that vanquished foe Vasyl Lomachenko will win a world title in the not too distant future, somewhere in time and space:

"His work to the body was very good, and he hurt me to the body a few times, but at the end of the day, my vast experience and will to win was the difference in the fight. ... He will be a world champion in the near future. He has the ability to beat a lot of fighters with a little more professional experience. He has nothing to be sorry for, because he gave it his all to win."

I feel much the way Salido does, and I wasn't even the guy getting hit by him last weekend. Lomachenko (1-1, 1 KO) has special ability, both natural and honed in the gym and throughout his incredible amateur career. There are a lot of featherweights I'd pick him to beat -- most of the top guys, actually -- especially now that he's been in with a guy like Salido and learned from that experience, hopefully.

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