Saturday, March 1, Two time Ukrainian Olympic gold medalist, Vasyl Lomachenko (1-0) will attempt to make history when he takes on Orlando Salido (40-12-2) for a WBO featherweight title. The bout will take place at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas and will co-feature for the Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs. Brian Vera clash scheduled to be televised on HBO.
With a victory, Lomachenko would be the first fighter to ever win a world title in just two professional fights. However, due to Lomachenko's amateur background in which is composed an amateur record of 396-1, he is being regarded as the heavy favorite in this fight.
On the other hand, the boxing world must not count out Salido as he has the power and professional experience to end the fight at any given moment. Salido has been through wars in the ring and is certainly battle tested. It should be interesting to depict how he handles such Lomachenko who is coming to take the title that he has worked s hard to achieve.
Promotionally, both fighters are signed with Top Rank, which made the fight relatively easy to make. It is no secret that Top Rank has big plans for Lomachenko and is looking for him to market him as one of the best pound for pound fighters in the sport.
Credit must be given to Lomachenko for taking the opportunity to make history and stepping onto a big stage at such an early point in his career. Many predict that Lomachenko will come out the victor, which would set up potential match ups with other notable Top Rank fighters such as Mickey Garcia (34-0), Nonito Donaire (32-2) and Guillermo Rigondeaux (13-0).
In the end, it should be interesting to view history in the making as a Lomachenko victory would set the stage for an already talented featherweight class. Only time will tell, but Top Rank may have a featherweight storm in the making after Saturday night.