The Big Question: If he beats Sosa, who should Lomachenko fight next?

Boxing Monthly
06/04/2017 9:33am

Vasyl Lomachenko faces Jason Sosa on Saturday night in a highly anticipated super featherweight showdown. Should the Ukrainian prevail, then where should he go next? We canvassed opinion among the Boxing Monthly online team about the direction his career should take ...

I feel Lomachenko will beat Sosa and, for me, the Ukrainian should be considered among the top P4P. He hasn't progressed gradually the way a usual boxer does. Every fighter he's fought has been tough and he's earned his position as one of boxing's best. I'm not sure if he is looking to move up in weight, but if he's staying at the same weight I'd love to see him fighting Miguel Berchelt, who has 28 KOs out of 31 victories and the WBC strap. Ideally, the fight I'd love to see is Lomachenko vs Gervonta Davis. Maybe if Davis gets past Liam Walsh we might see it? But, then again, I doubt Floyd will put Gervonta in with someone as dangerous as Lomachenko at this stage of his career. They'll probably look to continue building Davis up first. - Haroon Ahmed

Team Lomachenko still wants a rematch with Orlando Salido this summer; the duo's first bout has an asterisk next to it due to the massive weight disparity (among other things). After that, a fight against the winner of Berchelt and Takashi Miura would round out a very solid 2017 for 'Hi-Tech'. - Michael Montero

Anything short of unification fights is a bit of a let-down to me, although I would relax that rule for a Salido rematch. I don't see why Lomachenko should move up in weight again, I'd much rather (broken record that I am) that he pushed to clear out the entire 9st 4lbs division first. - Colin Harris

In the short term I think Lomachenko should be looking at unification fights. Super feather is a division blessed with quality champions and I think the Berchelt (WBC) and Jezreel Corrales (WBA) fights are very doable in the short/medium term. In the long term a Lomachenko vs Davis contest is the money fight at 130lbs - as long as both can make the weight and keep winning, that's potentially a massive event. - Callum Rudge

With so many available options this is like deciding which pudding to choose ... and yes I do have a big sweet tooth! Lomachenko has stated he would like to win a lightweight title in his tenth bout which would make him a three-weight world title winner in the process and for me a clash with Jorge Linares would be simply salivating. For his next fight I'd like to see a unification at super featherweight though with Corrales, which should be very makeable. Although I think Corrales was a bit flattered by his wins over Takashi Uchiyama he does give Lomachenko a slightly different puzzle to solve as opposed to Miura, Berchelt or Salido. - Marcus Bellinger

I'm with Col on this - Lomachenko is a special talent who I want to see utterly dominate a division before moving on, rather than hop around claiming the odd belt here and there in the manner of, say, Adrien Broner. Let's see him pick off the other titlists at super feather one by one having first set the record straight by facing, and beating, Salido. - Luke G. Williams