Steve Lillis and the Friday news round-up 23-08
DOUBLE Olympic champion Vasyl Lomachenko (above) will make his professional debut over 10 rounds in Las Vegas on October 12.
The Ukrainian amateur superstar will face Puerto Rican Jonathan Oquendo on the undercard of Timothy Bradley's WBO welterweight title defence against Juan Manuel Marquez.
"Lomachenko has been the most outstanding boxer in the history of amateur boxing, now we will see if he can become the greatest professional boxer of this era," said promoter Bob Arum.
Lomachenko, 25, had gained even more experience in the last 12 months competing in the World Series of Boxing.
Oquendo is decent test for many featherweights, but Lomachenko is special and will be fast-tracked towards a world title.
ABNER MARES (above), who is developing into one of the world's most exciting fighters, makes the first defence of his WBC featherweight title against Jhonny Gonzalez in Carson, Californa tomorrow night.
The pair were once sparring partners, but three weight world champ Mares says: "I expect the best Jhonny Gonzalez. He's going to come with his A game.
"That was many years ago we sparred. I appreciate my past sparring experience, because I learned a lot and gained some experience."
HATTON Promotions have won the purse bids for their stable star Sergey Rabchenko's (above) European light-middleweight title defence against Frenchman Cedric Vitu.
The pair first met last November when Belarussian Rabchenko took a split decision on the Ricky Hatton-Vyacheslav Senchenko undercard.
Rabchenko, 27, is also number one challenger for the WBC light-middleweight title held by Saul Alvarez.