Though it's been known to be in the works for a couple weeks now, today it was officially confirmed that Vasyl Lomachenko will defend the WBO featherweight title on May 2 against Gamalier Rodriguez, as part of the Mayweather-Pacquiao PPV undercard.
Lomachenko (3-1, 1 KO) doesn't have a big pro record, but he already holds a major title, and the two-time Olympic gold medalist is one of the most purely skilled fighters in the world. At 27, Lomachenko has wasted no time looking to join the elite ranks of the pro boxing world, as he fought for a world title in his second pro fight, a lesson-learning loss to veteran Orlando Salido, and won a vacant title in his third fight by beating Gary Russell Jr.
Lomachenko last fought on November 23, beating Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo in Macau on the Pacquiao-Algieri bill.
Rodriguez (25-2-3, 17 KO) was also recently connected to WBA titleholder Nicholas Walters as a potential opponent, but now has Lomachenko in his sights. The 28-year-old Puerto Rican isn't considered a serious contender in the division, but is on a 17-fight win streak dating back to 2011, all against marginal opposition of varying degrees. He racked up 11 of those wins fighting scrubs in the Dominican Republic, where he sort of rebuilt his career after starting 8-2-3. After the 11 wins in the Dominican Republic, Rodriguez has gone 4-0 in Puerto Rico, 1-0 in another fight in the Dominican, and 3-0 in the United States.
Lomachenko-Rodriguez will be one of just two undercard fights that are part of the PPV broadcast, rather than the standard three. This is Top Rank's addition to the card, while the other undercard fight will be from Mayweather Promotions.