By Rey Colon – The Sport Press
Featherweight Jonathan Oquendo (23-3, 16 KOs) will not be fighting two-time Olympic gold medalist Vasyl Lomachenko. The two were slated to meet in Lomachenko’s pro debut on the October 12 Bradley-Marquez card in Las Vegas. “It won’t go for two reasons,” said Oquendo. “First I have an injury to one of my knuckles on my left hand and lost a couple of weeks of training. In addition, the economic part is not the best. I didn’t like it…and I had everything against me. If that fight happened I would have had to win by knockout because the decision would be given to him. I was going to be a stepping-stone. The kid may be a star, but he’s not invincible and was going to have to deal with me.”
Lomachenko will now take on Jose Ramirez (25-3, 15 KOs) in his pro debut with a WBO world title shot planned for his second fight against the winner of Orlando “El Fenomeno” Cruz and Orlando “Siri” Salido.