Even when a boxer does very well as an amateur, he typically begins his pro career with four-round fights. Not Vasyl Lomachenko of the Ukraine.
Lomachenko won gold medals in the 2008 Beijing Games at featherweight and 2012 London Games at lightweight. Not only is he going to open with a 10-round featherweight bout, he is going to take on Jonathan Oquendo of Puerto Rico on the undercard of the Oct. 12 welterweight title fight between Timothy Bradley and Juan Manuel Marquez at Thomas & Mack Center (on HBO pay-per-view).
Oquendo wonders about this move by Lomachenko.
“Lomachenko must have a lot of confidence making his professional debut against a fighter like me,” said Oquendo, 30. “He must think he’s really good. Let’s see what happens in the ring.”
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