Vasiliy Lomachenko and Jamaine Ortiz have agreed terms for a lightweight fight that is set to take place in late October.
Information sourced by ESPN suggests that if successful, Lomachenko will then face the winner of the undisputed lightweight title fight between Devin Haney and George Kambosos Jr, which takes place at the Rod Laver Arena, in Melbourne, on 15 October.
Lomachenko, who last fought in December, unanimously outpointing Richard Commey, was due to fight Kambosos in June, before electing to stay in the Ukraine to assist his countrymen in resisting the recent Russian invasion.
Haney replaced him and then went on to resoundingly outpoint Kambosos, to become the current IBF, WBA, WBO and WBC lightweight champion.
Vasiliy Lomachenko and Jamaine Ortiz have agreed to a deal for a lightweight fight that is targeted for late October, sources tell ESPN. Loma arrived in L.A. on Tuesday to begin training camp. The Ukrainian is angling for the winner of the Oct. 15 bout between Haney and Kambosos.
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Ortiz, who stunned the boxing community by defeating former super featherweight world champion Jamel Herring in May, comes into the contest undefeated, with a professional record of (16-0-1, 8 KOs).
The only blemish on his record is a majority decision draw against Joseph Adorno, though a fight against 34-year-old two-time Olympic gold medallist and former unified lightweight champion Lomachenko would comfortably represent the toughest challenge of his career to date.
No site location has yet been agreed; however the fight will be promoted by Top Rank Boxing and will be televised on ESPN. On Tuesday, Lomachenko touched down in Los Angeles to begin training for it.