Vasyl Lomachenko is being lined as much as return in opposition to Masayoshi Nakatani within the early summer time, promoter Bob Arum has revealed.
The Ukrainian three-weight world champion was upset and dethroned by Teofimo Lopez in October and has been unable to safe an instantaneous rematch.
There was no rematch clause within the combat contract and Lopez has been in no hurry to offer Loma a return bout as a consequence of their mutual dislike for each other.
Within the aftermath, the veteran used a shoulder harm as an excuse for his defeat and he additionally critically questioned the judges’ choice, which irked the youthful American.
In consequence, Lomachenko should now discover a totally different opponent to return in opposition to and Nakatani seems to be the goal.
At 5ft 11½ins, he is a big for the load class and towers above all different prime lightweights.
In 2019 he suffered his solely defeat – to Lopez – although he gave him considered one of his hardest exams thus far.
Masayoshi Nakatani – 5ft 11½ins
Ryan Garcia – 5ft 10ins
Luke Campbell – 5ft 9ins
Teofimo Lopez – 5ft 8ins
Devin Haney – 5ft 8ins
Richard Commey – 5ft 8ins
Jorge Linares – 5ft 8ins
Vasyl Lomachenko – 5ft 7ins
George Kambosos Jr – 5ft 7ins
Gervonta Davis – 5ft 5½ins
Nakatani recovered from that loss by knocking out the as soon as extremely rated Felix Verdejo in December.
Arum instructed iFL TV: “Lomachenko, we’ve talked with him and we’re taking a look at early summer time.
“He’s bored with combating in bubbles, he’s a giant ticket vendor, so we expect we are able to do a giant combat in early summer time, within the United States.
“Possibly in opposition to the Japanese boy, Nakatani, who knocked out Verdejo and gave Lopez all he might deal with, went the complete ten rounds with Lopez.
“Nakatani is a extremely hard-punching light-weight and we’re wanting ahead to him because the opponent for Lomachenko.”