Bob Arum Announces Two Possible Dates for Vasyl Lomachenko vs. Masayoshi Nakatani

Published 03/30/2021, 12:17 PM EDT
OXNARD, CA – APRIL 24: Vasyl Lomachenko works out during a media workout on April 24, 2018 in Oxnard, California. (Photo by Josh Lefkowitz/Getty Images)


Former lightweight king Vasyl Lomachenko has been eager for a return to the ring ever since his loss back in October. The P4P star has called for a fight against one of the champions in the division. However, he has had to settle for the highly rated Japanese fighter, Masayoshi Nakatani.

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Nakatani and Lomachenko have one opponent in Teofimo Lopez. Both fighters have lost to ‘The Takeover’ after 12 rounds of incredible boxing. And Arum has now given two potential dates for the return of the Ukrainian Matrix.

NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 09: Vasiliy Lomachenko celebrates his Junior Lightweight bout victory over Guillermo Rigondeaux at Madison Square Garden on December 9, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)

The promoter spoke to the Barbershop Conversations on YouTube and revealed the dates. He said, “Either on the last week of June or on July 10th, Lomachenko against Nakatani, the guy who knocked out Verdejo.”

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Arum then officially confirmed that both parties had agreed to a deal, and only the date and venue were remaining. This will be good news for fans, as many will be eager to see how the former champion comes back from his loss to Lopez.

For Nakatani, this will be the perfect opportunity to show the world what he can do. After a successful rise to the top, Lopez halted his chances for a shot at the title. However, with a fantastic victory over Felix Verdejo, he put himself right back in contention.

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What can we expect from Vasyl Lomachenko vs. Masayoshi Nakatani?

Styles make fights in boxing, and the contrasting styles between the two lightweights promise a close fight. In addition, the significance of the fights only adds to the excitement of the bout.

Lomachenko comes into the fight with a point to prove. Many critics claimed Lomachenko would not compete in the lightweight division anymore.

Some even called for Lomachenko to move back down to super-featherweight or featherweight. Therefore, the Ukrainian needs to make a statement.

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Nakatani will have to win if he wants to challenge for the title. The famous Japanese boxer is close to challenging for the title and will want to stamp his authority on the exciting division.

What do you think about this news? Do you think it is a good fight for both?

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Leonardo Carvalho is a Boxing Writer for EssentiallySports. Before working as a boxing web journalist, Leonardo dabbled in roles ranging from an SEO specialist to a Chegg expert. Alongside his current role, Leonardo runs a YouTube channel where he combines his passion for fitness with sports.

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