Thursday, March 20, 2014

Russell To Battle Lomachenko For Vacant World Featherweight Title, Says WBO!

RingTV.com's Lem Satterfield is reporting word that the WBO has officially made Ukranian Vasyl Lomachenko the mandatory opponent for number-one ranked "Mr." Gary Russell, Jr. of Capitol Heights, MD and the two will compete for the vacant WBO Featherweight championship.

The questions now, of course, are when and where the bout will take place.  Those questions might end up having very interesting answers.  Russell is associated with Golden Boy Promotions and Lomachenko is promoted by Top Rank.  The WBO has said that the two competing promotional companies have 30 days to negotiate a contract for the bout.  If no contract comes in that period, the bout would go to a purse bid.

Lomachenko (1-1, one KO) received an opportunity to battle for the WBO in just his second pro bout (although Fight Fax, Inc. lists Lomachenko's record as 7-1 because he received payments for his appearances in the World Series of Boxing) on March 1 when he faced then-champ Orlando Salido in San Antonio, TX.  Russell was named the mandatory challenger to Salido in October.  However, Salido decided to take a voluntary title defense against Lomachenko.

Salido ended up losing the title on the scales, giving Lomachenko an opportunity to win the vacated title if he won.  However, Salido defeated Lomachenko by split decision.

In an interview with Satterfield, Russell (24-0, 14 KO's) wasn't exactly pleased with the WBO's decision on Lomachenko. Here is that interview:

Russell, Jr. Rips WBO Decision

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is ridiculous, can someone please tell me how in the world is a guy with 2pro fights is fifighting for a World title..............Again?? WHAT A JOKE!

Anonymous said...

If it walks like a chicken and squawks like a chicken....

Anonymous said...

I hope Russell beats the brakes off this dude...let's see that other gear Sr. was talking about.

Anonymous said...

I have no doubt in my mind that Bob Arum Promoter of "Top Rank" paid nice amount of money to the WBO Organization to get his fighter another opportunity. The one thing Al Haymond & Team Russell better keep a close eye his who Judges are when Gary,Jr fight for the belt,because if it go the distance there could be some funny business.Floyd Mayweather didn't leave Top Rank for no reason he understand the kind of. Promoter Bob Arum truly is he's no different then Don King.

Anonymous said...

I agree that Gary Russell,Jr team need to keep their eyes on who judging his bout. If the fight go the distance there could be some politics going on. So Gary,Jr make sure you either knock him out or totally dominate this guy.

Anonymous said...

I think this is a good fight for lil g and a dumb fight for loma because he should have had more fights before he got in the ring with G because you need all you can get even if it's with lesser fighters it's not that lil g is fighting bums it's just that he's making these niggas look like they not shyt, he's to fast and that lil nigga can punch he's father did a great job with his sons and I was there to see it,just like Barry did with the petersons I was there also at licon rec back in the days and I new that it was something about Lamont and Antony that I didn't see in any other fight and what I mean was I saw fighters on TV fight like them but I never saw any one in person ever fight the way they did and Ty Barnett his ass can fight like shyt too!! But other than that nobody in the dmv had it, but lil Garry this lil motherfucker can fight his ass off,and I hope he kills this bitch nigga,and Barry stop talking bad about me behind my back if you fuck with me fuck with me and if you don't don't say shyt when you see me,that shyt not kool people be telling me Barry be saying poo not shyt and I feel some type of way, I don't know if that tru or not but I show you all the respect in the world , Patrick hairs is a real nigga that's my mans 4 life, Lamont and Antony keep up the great work..... Sugarpoo aka the world fame