Boxingscene.com is reporting that talks are underway for WBO junior lightweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko (7-1, 5 KO) will defend his title against the only man who has defeated him, Orlando Salido (43-13-4, 30 KO) in early 2017. Salido defeated Lomachenko by controversial split decision in March, 2014 on the undercard of the Julio Cesar Chavez jnr-Brian Vera rematch. The fight was controversial because of the refereeing rather than the judging, with referee Laurence Cole seemingly missing numerous low blows thrown by Salido during the contest.
Lomachenko has since won six straight bouts, including two world titles, with wins over Gary Russell jnr, Roman Martinez and a November 26th stoppage over Nicholas Walters in his most recent outing. Salido also missed weight for this bout so the WBO title was not on the line for him against Lomachenko, however Salido moved up in weight and won the WBO junior lightweight title in a fight of the year candidate with Terdsak Kokietgym in his next bout.
Salido’s last four bouts have been fight of the year caliber, despite going 1-1-2 in those bouts. Salido lost his title to Rocky Martinez before earning a draw with him in the rematch. In his most recent outing he drew with Francisco Vargas in a fight for Vargas’ WBC junior lightweight title in one of the top contenders for this year’s fight of the year. Salido was meant to fight Japan’s former WBC champion Takashi Miura, a fight that had fight fans’ mouths watering, however Mirua withdrew with a back injury and appears to be heading to a rematch with Vargas, leading the way for Lomachenko-Salido II.