Junior lightweight titleholder Vasyl Lomachenko admitted he really thought he would face Orlando Salido instead of Jason Sosa this spring and was frustrated Salido withdrew from the bout because of a difference in money. Salido is the only fighter to hand the two-time Olympic gold medalist a loss and Lomachenko, who has since won two titles in different divisions, wants revenge.
“Yes, I was a little disappointed because as far as I knew, everything was going through and everything was agreed (to face Salido) and some kind of agreement was made with Top Rank,” Lomachenko said on a conference call Wednesday through manager/translator Egis Klimas. “But then all of a sudden it came out that he’s not going to fight. But that’s life.”
Lomachenko (7-1, 5 knockouts) will now face Sosa (20-1-4, 15 KOs) of Camden, New Jersey on April 8 at the MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland in the main event on HBO. Top Rank president Todd duBoef confirmed that undefeated Ukrainian light heavyweight Oleksandr Gvozdyk is “earmarked as a possible” fighter to perform in the co-feature without elaborating on who he would face. Salido wasn’t the only candidate to possibly face Lomachenko.
Panama’s Jezreel Corrales, a 130-pound titleholder, was also under consideration in a unification fight until Corrales went in a different direction. Back in 2014, Lomachenko faced an overweight Salido in just his second professional fight for a featherweight title and lost a split decision in a rugged bout. Lomachenko hasn’t forgotten. “Yeah, I would like to fight Salido,” Lomachenko said. “But it doesn’t depend on me. We’ll see how it’s going to go.”
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