Vasiliy Lomachenko slated to defend Ring lightweight championship April 12 in L.A.
Vasiliy Lomachenko’s hunt for more lightweight titles will continue in 2019 on the other coast.
After consecutive lightweight title victories in New York, Lomachenko is slated to defend his Ring lightweight championship April 12 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, Top Rank president Todd duBoef told The Ring.
Lomachenko (12-1, 9 knockouts) added a third lightweight title to his collection with a decision victory over Jose Pedraza on Saturday at Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden. The two-time Olympic gold medalist won the WBC and Ring titles at 135-pounds with a knockout of Jorge Linares in May, his first fight at 135 pounds.
Top Rank will keep the momentum going on an ESPN platform in what it hopes is another unification bout for Lomachenko. duBoef said the organization is looking to match Lomachenko with the winner of the vacant lightweight title fight between Richard Commey and Isa Chaniev.
The pair are slated to meet February 2 on ESPN. duBoef acknowledged it could be a quick turnaround for the winner to meet Lomachenko, especially if one of them is cut, so backup plans are being discussed internally.
Lomachenko’s star rises with each sensational performance. The 30-year-old from Ukraine is The Ring’s No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter. His win over Pedraza, which included two Round 11 knockdowns, drew over 2 million viewers on ESPN.
Mike Coppinger is the Senior Writer for RingTV.com. Follow him on Twitter: @MikeCoppinger