Vasyl Lomachenko remains on course for world title shot in second pro fight

Phil Jay 28/11/2013

Top Rank’s Carl Moretti has informed World Boxing News that amateur legend and fledgling pro Vasyl Lomachenko may well be challenging WBO featherweight champion Orlando Salido early next year.

Lomachenko, 25, has been rumoured to be favoured for a swift world title attempt on the back of his impressive debut in the paid ranks against Jose Ramirez last month and Salido has seemingly been sounded out for the challenge.

After amassing one of the greatest records of all-time whilst wearing a headguard, Top Rank officials obviously see no point in Lomachenko taking his time and an unprecedented chance is now in negotiations.

If the fight is made and Lomachenko prevails, the Ukrainian will break the record currently held by the late Saensak Muangsurin as the Thai southpaw won the WBC light-welterweight title in his third fight in 1975.

According to Moretti, discussions are ongoing, although it is too early for dates and venues as the both camps attempt to broker a deal that suits both for what will be an intriguing contest for the achievement alone.

Veteran Salido regained the 126lb title with victory over Orlando Cruz on the same night Lomachenko fought his solitary outing as a professional, with the seasoned 33 year-old having fought 55 times in the paid ranks.

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