Vasyl Lomachenko set for lightweight unification bout against Jose Pedraza
Vasyl Lomachenko looks to become the unified lightweight champion when he faces Jose Pedraza on Dec. 8.
Vasyl Lomachenko (11-1,9 KOs) and Jose Pedraza (25-1,12 KOs) will both put their lightweight titles on the line when they square off at the Hulu Theater in New York on Dec. 8th. It will be Lomachenko’s first lightweight title defense after he defeated Jorge Linares for the WBA (Super) and Ring titles by 10th round TKO in May.
Lomachenko is currently ESPN’s top pound-for-pound fighter in the sport. He is also a three-division champion, having held titles in the featherweight, junior lightweight; and lightweight divisions. Lomachenko also holds a few all-time records in the sport.
In just his third fight as a professional, Lomachenko defeated Garry Russell Jr. for the vacant WBO featherweight title by majority decision in March 2014. This tied him with Saensak Muangsurin for the fewest number of fights as a professional to win a world championship. He also became a two-division champion in his seventh fight when he defeated Roman Martinez for the WBO junior lightweight title by fifth round TKO in June 2016.
It was only Lomachenko’s twelfth fight when he became a three-division champion against Linares in May. Now he will look to become the king of the lightweight division when he faces fellow lightweight title holder Pedraza.
Pedraza held the IBF super featherweight title from 2015 to 2017. He first captured the belt when he defeated Andrey Klimov for the vacant title by unanimous decision in June 2015. He then went on to defend the title twice before losing it to Gervonta Davis by seventh-round TKO in January 2017.
In August, Pedraza captured the WBO lightweight title after he defeated Ray Beltran by unanimous decision. It was his third fight in the division, after he won fights over Jose Luis Rodriguez and Antonio Moran. Like Lomachenko, it will also be Pedraza’s first lightweight title defense.