A few notes from around the boxing world:
After Vasyl Lomachenko (6-1, 4 KOs) won a junior lightweight world title by one-punch knockout of Roman “Rocky” Martinez in the fifth round on Saturday night at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York, he made it clear who he would like to defend against next: old rival Orlando Salido, who handed him a split decision loss in 2014. Lomachenko, the 28-year-old two-time Olympic gold medalist from Ukraine, went for a featherweight world title in only his second pro fight against Salido, who missed weight and was stripped of the belt before hitting Lomachenko low repeatedly in the bout.
“For me and Salido it's personal,” said Lomachenko, who won a featherweight title in his third bout but likely will vacate it to remain at junior lightweight. “He did a lot of bad things in our first fight but we never said a word after that fight. But it ate at me. I want Salido next."
Mexico’s 35-year-old Salido (43-13-4, 30 KOs), who was ringside, fought to a draw in the front-runner for fight of the year against junior lightweight titlist Francisco Vargas on June 4 and a rematch is possible. But Salido will go where the money is and would be happy to do a rematch with Lomachenko.
"I don't care what Lomachenko said (after the knockout of Martinez),” Salido said. “Me and him are not personal, at least not by me, and I have no problems fighting him again.”
Although the super middleweight title unification bout between Badou Jack and James DeGale was penciled in for September, the fight likely will be move to November, Showtime Sports general manager Stephen Espinoza told ESPN.com. Jack (20-1-2, 12 KOs) and DeGale (23-1, 14 KOs) both retained their 168-pound world titles on the same card on April 30 in Washington, D.C. Jack fought to a highly controversial draw with Lucian Bute, who tested positive for a banned substance following the fight (that result could soon be changed to a no decision) and DeGale outpointed mandatory Challenger Rogelio “Porky” Medina.
Longtime cutman Joe Chavez, who worked the corners of many notable fighters, including Oscar De La Hoya and Manny Pacquiao, died this past weekend after a long battle with cancer.