Vasiliy Lomachenko and Jamaine Ortiz have agreed to a lightweight fight scheduled for late October, sources instructed ESPN.
The website for the Top Rank Boxing at the ESPN foremost occasion has not been established, sources stated.
Lomachenko, previously ESPN’s No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter, final competed in December, posting a unanimous decision beats Richard Commey. He agreed to a deal to fight George Kambosos for 4 lightweight belts in June, however selected to stay in Ukraine after the Russian invasion of the nation.
The 34-year-old fighter even joined a territorial defense battalionSo does his good buddy, heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk, who shall be taking up a rematch towards Anthony Joshua on Saturday, August 20.
On Tuesday, Lomachenko (16-2, 11 KOs) arrived in Los Angeles to start coaching camp in the hunt for the undisputed lightweight championship. Devin Haney intervened when Lomachenko stayed in Ukraine and hugely outclassed Kambosos in Australia to seize the undisputed 135lb championship.
Haney and Kambosos are scheduled for a rematch on October 15 in Melbourne, Australia on ESPN, with the winner doubtlessly lining up for a protection towards Lomachenko subsequent yr.
Meanwhile, Lomachenko will gear up for that potential crowning second with a match-up towards Ortiz (16-0-1, 8 KOs), which led to a unanimous resolution win over Jamel Herring in May, main to the former champion’s retirement.
The 26-year-old from Worcester, Massachusetts has by no means met anybody shut to Lomachenko’s degree, and even the herring fight was an enormous leap ahead in the competitors. Ortiz’s solely draw back is an eight-round draw with Joseph Adorno final yr.
Lomachenko, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, misplaced all three of his lightweight titles to Teofimo Lopez in 2020 and then underwent surgical procedure to restore a torn rotator cuff. It is classed as the No. 2 at lightweight and the Number 9 in the pound-for-pound ranking.
The foremost assist bout is slated to be a featherweight match-up between Robeisy Ramirez and Jessie Magdaleno, sources stated, after the sides struck a deal.