Nov 2, 2015, Oxnard , Ca. — Two-time Ukrainian Olympic gold medalist VASYL LOMACHENKO works out during media day Monday in Oxnard,Calif for his upcoming world title defense. LOMACHENKO, defending his WBO featherweight world title against Top-10 world-rated contender ROMULO KOASICHA of Mexico, will open the HBO telecast featuring the Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley Jr. vs Brandon Rios WBO Welterweight world championship fight, Saturday, Nov. 7, at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with the Wynn Las Vegas and Tecate, remaining tickets to the Bradley vs. Rios event, priced at $400, $250, $150, $100 and $50, may be purchased at the Thomas & Mack Center Box Office, online at, at UNLVtickets Outlet Town Square Las Vegas and La Bonita Supermarkets. To charge by phone call 702-739-FANS (3267) or 866-388-FANS (3267). — Photo Credit : Chris Farina – Top Rank (no other credit allowed) copyright 2015

The Week’s Boxing Schedule, Featuring Vasyl Lomachenko And Ruslan Provodnikov

I’m calling it: Vasyl Lomachenko’s headband is the boxing fashion statement of the year. He’s fighting this week: against Rocky Martinez in what could be a really fun fight. Ruslan Provodnikov is back too. They’re not the most competitive match-ups they can be in, but hey, I ain’t complaining.

  • Rocky Martinez vs Vasyl Lomachenko, Saturday, HBO, NY. I don’t think New York’s Puerto Rican fans are going to have a good night on Saturday. Their man Martinez, tough and capable as he is, has nothing on Lomachenko. The Ukrainian is stepping up in weight, but his technical prowess, grace and power mean that few give Martinez a chance. On the undercard lightweight Felix Verdejo continues to tread water, facing unheralded Mexican Juan Jose Martinez. He seemed destined for the top of the sport not long ago and if he doesn’t step up soon questions will be asked.
  • Ruslan Provodnikov vs John Molina, Saturday, Showtime, Verona NY. This one is sure to be fun as long as it lasts, but I doubt Molina will be able to hang with Provodnikov for long. Both junior welterweights have a lot of miles on the clock and both throw bombs, but Provodnikov has a granite chin and Molina doesn’t. Should have eaten more moose liver as a kid. On the undercard, enigmatic junior middleweight Demetrius Andrade faces Cleveland’s Willie Nelson. Andrade is too cute by half (and despite his skills hasn’t been in a truly top-level fight since turning pro eight years ago) but will probably outbox Nelson. Also fighting is undefeated Montenegrin lightweight Dejan Zlaticanan, who’s taking on Bolivia’s Franklin Mamani in a total mismatch.
  • Jesus Gutierrez vs Demond Brock, Thursday, CBS Sports Net, Las Vegas. Not sure why this is on TV but, hey, why not?