Bob Arum Picks Ryan Garcia, Devin Haney and More as Vasyl Lomachenko’s Next Opponent

Published 03/15/2021, 11:00 AM EDT
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)


Following a defeat against Teofimo Lopez, the former champion Vasyl Lomachenko has lost his relevancy in the current title picture. However, he has some alluring options to look for in the 135 lbs roster. And considering his star power, Lomachenko can still stage a blockbuster night.

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The current 135 lbs roster is full of big names and unbeaten titleholders. That said, a veteran in Vasyl Lomachenko will only intensify the tale. While the Ukrainian is yet to find his next opponent, Top Rank CEO Bob Arum has hinted at a few possible names for ‘Hi-Tech’.

Arum connected with Barbershop Conversations to shed light on several ongoing issues in the boxing world. Meanwhile, he also predicted the future for Vasyl Lomachenko.

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“Loma vs Haney? That’s a fight we would certainly consider. That’d be a really good fight. There’s a lot of good fights for Loma… Loma can fight maybe Ryan Garcia. Or, if he wants to go down, maybe Oscar Valdez is a great match for Loma,” said Bob Arum. (h/t Boxing Scene)

That said, all the lightweight prodigies would seemingly welcome the idea. Akin to Lomachenko, the WBC champion Devin Haney has also struggled to find a contender in recent times. Although he is rumored to defend his title against Jorge Linares, a fight against Lomachenko might be in ‘The Dream’s future.

But, the WBC interim lightweight champion, Ryan Garcia, might not be interested in a non-title contest that would endanger his mandatory status. He is eying for the bigger names, and Lomachenko’s current status would not suit Garcia’s demands.

Vasyl Lomachenko- Can he regain his titles?

Following his maiden professional defeat, ‘Loma’ went on an unbeaten run of 13 fights. After grabbing the world featherweight title in his third fight, Lomachenko hasn’t appeared in a non-title contest.

LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 29: Vasyl Lomachenko smiles during the Vasiliy Lomachenko and Luke Campbell press conference in the lead up to there WBC, WBA, WBO and Ring Magazine Lightweight World Title Fight at the Canary Riverside Plaza Hotel on August 29, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by James Chance/Getty Images)

Meanwhile, his last fight against Teofimo Lopez saw him remain on the wrong side of a lopsided beat down. While he pushed Lopez to the corner several times, it was ‘Take Over’ who controlled the fight and vanquished Lomachenko via decision.

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Looking at the current situation, Lomachenko needs an immediate win and with Bob Arum’s recent plans, we can see him return to the ring soon.

Who do you think Vasyl Lomachenko will face next?

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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