Celebrity News: For talent, present, age and projection, both Vasyl Lomachenko and Terence Crawford are two of the best boxers pound for pound today and have everything they need to be the top stars of boxing in the coming years. Last night, the company Top Rank announced that both will be presented in August, headlining billboards that will be broadcast on ESPN.
On 5/8, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, Lomachenko (8-1, with 6 KOs) will defend his WBO super featherweight world title against Colombian Miguel Marriaga (25-2, with 21 KOs). After falling into his second professional fight against Orlando Salido, the double Ukrainian Olympic champion bounced back with seven consecutive wins, winning belts in two different weights.
He has an amazing natural talent and every presentation is a real spectacle, for how he dominates the ring and his rival. Marriaga is not a package but should not cause problems for Hi-Tech. The two times that faced rivals of hierarchy (Nicholas Walter and Oscar Valdez), fell by unanimous decision.
Two weeks later (19/08) at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Nebraska, local Crawford (31-0, 22 KOs) will play Namibian Julius Indongo (22-0, 11 KOs). The particularity of this fight is that all the belts of the category will be at stake: those of WBC and WBO that owns Crawford and those of WBA, IBF, and IBO that Indongo boasts. Thus, the winner of this duel, in addition to retaining his undefeated, will remain as the only undisputed super lightweight champion.
Crawford is a real “crack” and proved he knows how to do what it takes to win every fight. In his last appearance, in May, he destroyed in 10 rounds to the Dominican Félix Diaz, whose corner had to stop the punishment. Indongo, meanwhile, gave the surprise late last year by knocking out the Russian Eduard Troyanovsky and then defended his titles as a visitor to the British Ricky Burns.