Lomachenko, Crawford to fight in August on ESPN

Lomachenko, Crawford to fight in August on ESPN

By Danny Z | Senior Writer

Published: June 30, 2017


For the past several days, Vasyl Lomachenko and his team have been in a back and forth social media war with 122 pound world champion, Guillermo Rigondeuax, about a potential bout between the two former Olympic gold medalists. Well, fans are going to have to wait a little while longer, as Lomachenko and fellow promotional stablemate, Terence Crawford, will be fighting on their own respective cards this upcoming August on ESPN.

These events, which were first reported by ESPN, will be the second and third airings of Top Rank's newly formed broadcasting partnership with the Disney-owned network. Lomachenko, who holds the WBO super featherweight title, will face Columbia's Miguel Marriaga on August 5, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Marriaga (25-2, 21 KOs) is coming off a unanimous decision loss against WBO featherweight world title holder (and Top Rank fighter), Oscar Valdez, back in April. 

Crawford (31-0, 22 KOs) will step into the ring just two weeks later on August 19 in Lincoln, Nebraska, as he puts up his WBO and WBC world titles against Southwest Africa's Julius Indongo, who also holds two major world titles in the IBF and WBA. Indongo is the last hurdle for Crawford to potentially overcome within the super lightweight division, as he has essentially beat all the prominent contenders and is attempting to become a unified, undisputed world champion for the first time in his professional career. 

The 29-year-old Lomachenko (8-1, 6 KOs) last fought in a TKO victory over Jason Sosa from the MGM's newly developed property in Oxon Hill, Maryland. A matchup between Rigondeaux (17-0, 11 KOs) and Lomachenko has been talked about for sometime now, as both fighters are close enough in weight to possibly enter into a scheduled fight. Crawford was rumored to make the jump up to the heavily competitive welterweight division after his previous bout, however, the fight with Indongo was probable before the Nebraska native's move up.

Following the conclusion of the last fight, Crawford made it known that Indongo or fellow stablemate, Manny Pacquiao, were his next targets. Indongo was the more likely candidate before stepping into the squared circle with the legendary Pacquiao. However, it wouldn't come as a surprise if Crawford's first fight in the welterweight division is against the current Filipino senator -- assuming he (Crawford) gets past Indongo and unifies the 140 pound division. Pacquiao, even though he holds the WBO world title in the welterweight division, is at the tail end of his boxing career and if Crawford could achieve the win, then this would signify a possible "passing of the torch" not only within the sport, but within Bob Arum's Top Rank promotional banner. 

“Pound for pound, no one can match the talent of Vasyl Lomachenko and Terence Crawford. They drew the best ratings on premium cable this year, and now everyone will be able to see them when they defend their world titles in all-action fights in August, live on ESPN.”
— Todd duBoef, Top Rank president, tells ESPN

(Feature photo: Ed Mulholland/HBO Boxing)

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