Russell Jr. may be next if Salido fights Lomachenko

 

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WBO President Paco Valcarcel has declared unbeaten featherweight Gary Russell Jr. to be the organization’s mandatory challenger to Mexican Orlando Salido, giving Salido the next 180 days within which to defend against Russell after having won the vacant belt by seventh-round knockout over Orlando Cruz on Saturday at Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.

The ruling would not preclude a planned voluntary defense for Salido (40-12-2, 28 knockouts) against Ukrainian Vasyl Lomachenko for Jan. 25 at New York’s Madison Square Garden, a possibility mentioned by Top Rank CEO Bob Arum after Lomachenko’s fourth-round stoppage of Mexican rival Jose Luis Ramirez (25-4, 15 KOs) on Saturday.

Like Salido-Cruz, Lomachenko-Ramirez happened on the undercard of Tim Bradley’s split-decision win over Juan Manuel Marquez. A 25-year-old amateur star, Lomachenko (1-0, 1 KO) was a winner of his second Olympic gold medal at the 2012 Games in London. [Editor’s note: Lomachenko took part in six World Series of Boxing semi-pro bouts that were scheduled for five rounds before officially turning pro.]

“If Salido wants to fight Lomachenko in January, then he could do it,” said Valcarcel. “Because we’re talking (about) Salido having (to) face Russell before April. In the interim, he can fight a voluntary. The mandatory would not be due until around April 12.”

A 25-year-old 2004 U.S. Olympian who is coming off a unanimous decision over Juan Ruiz in August,  Russell (23-0, 13 KOs) said he received the news of the WBO’s mandate last Wednesday.

“On Oct. 9, my team received written confirmation from the WBO that I am the mandatory challenger for their featherweight world title,” said Russell, in a prepared release. “I’m ready for my first world title fight and can not wait for the fight to get made.”

The prospect of making Salido-Russell or Russell-Lomachenko could be complicated since Arum and Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer are feuding and are aligned with rival networks, HBO and Showtime, respectively.

In addition, Russell has been promoted by Golden Boy through advisor Al Haymon, with whom Arum also has had an adversarial relationship.

Arum doesn’t believe there will be any trouble in making a fight with Russell.

“If those are the rules, then those are the rules. If the winner of Salido-Lomachenko has to fight Russell, then they’ll fight Russell. That’s no big deal,” said Arum. “If we can’t reach an agreement, then we’ll go to purse bid. That’s what it’s designed for. Golden Boy and ourselves have done a number of fights that way, after either we or they won on purse bid.”

Schaefer said the same.

“If it can’t get done, then it will have to go to purse bid,” said Schaefer. “I think that’s fantastic and I think that Gary is definitely up to the challenge.”

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Photos: Salido, Cruz, Lomachenko, Ramirez Workouts

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Las Vegas,NV  —  Orlando Cruz of Puerto Rico, Orlando Salido of Mexico, Two-time Ukrainian Olympic gold medalist Vasyl Lomachenko, and Jose Luis Ramirez of Mexico to part in open workouts as they prepare for their upcoming fights. Salido-Cruz and Lomachenko-Ramirez takes place on the undercard of the Timothy Bradley-Juan Manuel Marquez card, Saturday, Oct 12 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas,Nevada. Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with Zanfer Promotions, Wynn Las Vegas, Márquez Boxing, and Tecate, Bradley vs. Márquez  will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View®. Photos by Mary Ann Owen/Top Rank.

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Lomachenko hits LA; ready to take over featherweight division

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Two-time Ukrainian Olympic gold medalist Vasyl “The Great” Lomachenko arrived at LAX (Los Angeles International Airport) Saturday afternoon where he was greeted by Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum. Lomachenko will make his featherweight pro debut against #7 rated Jose Luis Ramirez of México and will be showcased on the undercard of the October 12, WBO welterweight championship between undefeated defending champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley, Jr. and four-division world champion and Méxican icon Juan Manuel Marquez at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. Lomachenko plans to fight for the world featherweight championship in his second pro fight.

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