Featherweight standout and two-time Olympic gold medalist Vasyl Lomachenko's career has proceeded at a breakneck pace and it shows no signs of slowing. The twenty-eight-year-old is set to move up to 130 to take on current titleholder Roman Martinez in Madison Square Garden on June 11th.
Felix Verdejo will likely serve as the co-feature.
Lomachenko (5-1, 3 KO) has looked brilliant since his rough-and-tumble learning experience against Orlando Salido in 2014. Three months after that bout, he handily defeated Gary Russell Jr. for the WBO belt Salido lost on the scales and subsequently turned away three challengers of middling quality. Bob Arum has reportedly been pursuing a fight between Lomachenko and Nicholas Walters, which would be an excellent followup should the Ukrainian dispatch Martinez.
The venerable "Rocky" (29-2-3, 17 KO) is a bit lucky to still have hold of his WBO title. He earned a competitive but clear decision over Salido to earn the belt, then escaped with a draw in their followup slugfest. He's tough as nails and throws a lot of volume, but will be at a considerable speed and technique disadvantage.
He still presents a solid test for Lomachenko in his first appearance at super featherweight and it should be an entertaining scrap. We'll let you know when the undercard starts to take shape.