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Vasyl Lomachenko vs. Orlando Salido II in the works for August

Salido is the WBO #1-ranked contender

Vasyl Lomachenko v Jason Sosa Photo by Matt Hazlett/Getty Images

The long-awaited rematch between pound-for-pound superstar Vasyl Lomachenko and tough old bastard Orlando Salido is a-brewin’.

Top Rank CEO Bob Arum and Salido manager Sean Gibbons informed The Ring today that negotiations between the two are in “advanced stages,” with specific details on hold until after Salido’s tune-up match with Amphon Suriyo on May 27th. Arum is targeting “the first week of August in either Los Angeles or Chicago.”

Lomachenko (8-1, 6 KO) and Salido (43-13-4, 30 KO) first fought in March of 2014, where an overweight Salido used what could charitably be described as “scrappy” tricks to edge “Hi-Tech” on the scorecards. Lomachenko went on to rampage through both the featherweight and super featherweight divisions, while Salido put on wars against the likes of Terdsak Kokietgym, Roman Martinez, and Fernando Vargas.

With Jezreel Corrales, Miguel Berchelt, and Gervonta Davis otherwise occupied, the timing’s about as good as it can be for this rematch. Does Salido still have enough “veteran savvy” to down the unstoppable Lomachenko, or have time and Lomachenko’s acclimation to the pro game ground his chances away?

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