Vasiliy Lomachenko, fresh off of adding the WBO lightweight belt to his trophy case with a routing of Jose Pedraza, already has his sights set on another unification bout. Top Rank’s Todd duBoef has set aside April 12th at the Staples Centre, ideally against the winner of the February 2nd vacant IBF title match between Richard Commey and Isa Chaniev.
Two months of preparation to fight the best pound-for-pound fighter on the planet seems a little meager to me, but that’s their problem.
Lomachenko (12-1, 9 KO) won the WBO featherweight belt in his third pro fight and defended it eight times, seven of those by knockout or retirement. He stopped Jorge Linares with a body shot for the WBA “Super” lightweight belt this past May and handily defeated fellow champion Pedraza on Saturday.
Should this fight go through and Lomachenko come out victorious, the only remaining lightweight belt would be the WBC strap belonging to Mikey Garcia. It’s a dream matchup, of course, but not one I expect to happen anytime soon.