Hi-Tech’s next step: Three next possible opponents for Vasyl Lomachenko

Bob Arum has revealed that the shortlist is down to three fighters for Lomachenko's next fight in December.

The 29-year-old Ukrainian produced another sparkling performance on Saturday night as Miguel Marriaga felt the power of the two-weight world champion. Now well and truly established in pound-for-pound lists around the world, Lomachenko needs testing at the highest level.

Lomachenko won his second gold medal in London 2012 at 135-pounds, so a move up to lightweight is expected soon from ‘Loma’ and his Top Rank team, with Bob Arum identifying the following three fighters as a target for a ring return in December…

  1. 1 Orlando Salido (14-13-4)

    After losing his second professional fight to the Mexican in a SD in 2014, Lomachenko has made no secret of his desire to avenge the only loss on his C.V. With Salido reportedly asking for 'too much money' for the rematch, this fight has it's hurdles to jump over, however after winning just one of his last four fights the Mexican may eventually bow to Arum's pressure.

    Now with Salido at 36, it's a fight that Lomachenko would be expected to win comfortably, with the Mexican not being able to rough-up the now experienced Ukrainian.

    Lomachenko made it clear how much he has improved since their first fight with this comment after his win over Sosa.

    "Back in the day, it was like a third grader fighting a 12th grader. Right now, I have graduated from the university and I want to invite him [Salido] to my school."

  2. 2 Guillermo Rigondeaux (17-0)

    This is the fight most fans want to see. Two of the most natural, exceptional and technically gifted fighters of our generation who would no doubt put on a masterclass of footwork and precision as they strive for pound-for-pound glory.

    However, after Lomachenko moved up to 130-pounds, a fight with Rigondeaux seemed unlikely as Rigondeaux is fairly small for 122-pounds to begin with. With Lomachenko showing his intent in a move to lightweight, a fight with Rigondeaux seems further away than ever.

    With Rigondeaux still searching for that one marquee name on his C.V, the Cuban should be doing everything in his power to make Lomachenko his next dance-partner, despite the complications.

  3. 3 Miguel Berchelt (32-1)

    The Mexican has had two exciting fights to win and defend the WBC super-featherweight title this year and with a unification fight possible, it's surely one that Lomachenko would love the opportunity to take.

    We have seen Berchelt struggle in his previous fights as well as getting tagged on numerous occasions. Lomachenko would surely prove too fast for the Mexican, with his right-craft cutting down the WBC champ, despite him showing good footwork.

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