Bob Arum, the promoter Vasyl Lomachenko, announced plans for his charge to 2019. On Saturday, the Ukrainian will stand in a unification bout against Jose Pedraza, but a native of Belgorod-Dniester is the undisputed favorite of the match, and most likely over the Christmas break he will go in the status of the holder of two championship belts in 61 kg.
One of the possible candidates for the 2019 year, according to Arum, is a 27-year-old Mexican Miguel Bartelt (35-1, 31 KO), who holds the title of champion on the category below and ready to rise to light weight.
Another candidate could allow Lomachenko to get a collection of the third title, provided that the second he gets on Saturday night. Richard Commies and ISA Chaniev are candidates for the vacant title, which left Mikey Garcia. Arum agreed with Lou DiBella, promoter of both fighters that this fight will take place on 2 February in Fresno, Texas, on the undercard of the rematch of Eleider Alvarez vs Sergey Kovalev.
“Both fighters have signed a contract according to which the winner of this fight to see Lomachenko, Arum said. – All signed. Everything with Lou agreed.”
The winner will be required to meet Lomachenko in the next battle, but this meeting could take place in may.
Lomachenko himself does not hide that would like to see among the possible opponents Mikey Garcia, who on March 16 will fight against Errol Spence in the Welterweight division, and world champion in the 59 kg Geronto Davis, but would not want to meet with Manny Pacquiao.
“I have great respect for Pacquiao, but I don’t want to make a name for himself by beating the old legend. I have my own way. There are many other good boxers with whom I would be interested to meet. Manny is already old. I think his career has come to an end. I don’t want to become a legend in Boxing because of him,” said Lomachenko.