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article imageOp-Ed: Vasyl Lomachenko vs Gary Russell Jr: preview and prediction

By Zachary Stallings     Jun 20, 2014 in Sports
Vasyl Lomanchenko (1-1, 1 KO) will get his second title shot in what will be his third professional fight, against Gary Russell Jr. (24-0 14 KO) at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
This Saturday the co-main event on the Guerrero vs Kamegai card will be for the WBO Featherweight title. Vasyl Lomachenko will get his second shot at a title when he faces WBO Featherweight Champion Gary Russell Jr.
Before Lomachenko started his career he was a very successful amateur. Lomachenko won two Olympic golden medals (one in 2008 and in 2012), but probably even more impressive than that, he finished his amateur career with an astounding record of 396-1.
In Lomachenko's first two fights he looked good and showed great boxing technique. In his pro debut Lomachenko showed off his fast hands and good foot work, as he dominated Jose Ramirez. Lomachenko went on to stop Ramirez in the 4th round with a left uppercut to the body, winning the fight by KO.
In Lomachenko's next fight he face the very experienced Orlando Salido. Despite losing the fight by split decision, Lomachenko showed good counter punching skills, and he kept Salido on the outside for a good part of the fight with great foot work. Lomachenko also looked like he may have hurt Salido in the middle of the 12th round with a clean left uppercut to the body, but nothing came of it.
Lomachenko may have made the mistake of not engaging enough. Lomachenko stayed away from Salido and fought most of the fight from the outside. The fight could have gone either way, but in the end the judges gave the victory to Salido; probably because for a majority of the fight Salido was the aggressor and more active in the fight.
Lomachenko is a very promising young fighter that quite honestly could be the future of the sport. If Lomachenko can take all of his amazing attribute's and put them together this Saturday, he may just end up being the new WBO Featherweight Champion.
Undefeated southpaw Gary Russell Jr. is one of the top prospects in the featherweight division. In his last fight against Miguel Tamayo, Russell showcased his boxing ability. Russell did a little bit of everything in this fight, he counter punched, worked on the inside, and showed good defensive ability bobbing, weaving, and slipping a lot of punches.
Russell threw a lot of combinations, especially when he got inside. He would also use a very success combination, were he would land a right hook off of his jab. In the 4th round Russell landed a furry of combinations where he landed two clean right hooks, one that stunned him, and one that knocked him out.
Gary Russell Jr. has all the tools that could make him a Pay-Per-View star; all he has to do now is show the boxing world his ability this Saturday.
Gary Russell Jr. vs Vasyl Lomachenko is going to be a fight between two very good young boxers. Both men have very good technique and very fast hands. No matter what the outcome Saturday, Russell and Lomachenko are the future of the sport.
Prediction: Lomachenko by unanimous decision
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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