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Lomachenko Will Next Fight August 25…Where? Read the Story, It Will Tell You

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Lomachenko Will Next Fight August 25…Where? Read the Story, It Will Tell You

It was a great, not good night at the fights for those who watched the main event Saturday evening at Madison Square Garden, and thus, no surprise, promoter Bob Arum acted upbeat and relaxed after Vasyl Lomachenko downed Jorge Linares in round ten, and snagged Linares’ 135 pound crown, in a scrap which ran on ESPN.

“Going into this fight, we knew that Loma was a huge talent. After this fight, we know he’s a talent, but we also know that he’s a fighter,” Arum told me after.

I’d suspect Arum knew as much coming in, but you can know, and then you can KNOW, with proof being offered in the form of coming back from getting knocked down and then roaring back to stop the other guy.

The superlative showing had all of us, media, and the ten thousand plus who came to MSG for Loma’s first big room booking, curious when he’d be gloving up next, and versus whom.

Will he dip back down to 130? Is he not as likely to be as majestic at 135?

“I think 130 is a little bit more comfortable,” the 86 year old master deal-maker said. “But Loma likes challenges and I think the challenges are more at 135, because he’s fighting bigger guys, than at 130, I don’t know who he fights at 130 to give him a challenge.”

August 25, at the Forum in LA, Loma will fight again, but no, Arum hasn’t started the process to find a foe. “Now we have to find the appropriate opponent,” he said. (Maybe this guy?) (Arum came on the Everlast “Talkbox” pod Tuesday, and said he's thinking Loma does a unification with Beltran, and then fights Manny Pacquiao late in the year.)

Arum continued to marvel. He said he only had Loma winning two rounds, and that matched my card, I had it 6-2-1.

“Certainly down the road,” the promoter said of the possibility of a rematch for Loma with the super skilled Venezuelan Linares.

My three cents: Our man John Gatling told me a few days ago this would be one of the best fights I'd ever been to. He had high expectations, and props to him for knowing that Linares would prove to be a harder out than many folks predicted. Y'all, who do you want to see Loma in with in the near future?

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Editor/publisher Michael Woods got addicted to boxing in 1990, when Buster Douglas shocked the world with his demolition of the thought to be impregnable Mike Tyson. The Brooklyn-based journalist Woods has covered the sport since then, for ESPN The Magazine, ESPN.com, ESPN New York, RING, and he was editor of TheSweetScience.com from 2007-2015. Woods is also an accomplished blow by blow and color man, having done work for Top Rank, DiBella Entertainment, EPIX, and for Facebook Fightnight Live since 2017. He now does work for PROBOX TV, the first truly global boxing network.