Former two division world champion, Vasyl Lomachenko, hosted the media at his camp in the Boxing Laboratory as he prepares to move up to 135lbs and face WBA and Ring Magazine Lightweight Champion, Jorge Linares, on May 12th.
Lomachenko has competed at Super Featherweight for the past two years, facing world class opponents in all five contests he competed in at the weight.
The two time Olympic gold medallist is now looking forward to his first bout in the lightweight division, against one of the best 135lb fighters in the world.
“I wanted to go up to the next weight category, 135 pounds, and fight only champions,” said Lomachenko. “Jorge Linares was available for this moment. That’s why I wanted a fight with him.”
When the Linares fight was offered to him, the Ukranian phenom says he didn’t need any time to mull it over.
“I was asked if I wanted to fight Linares. It took me less than two seconds to accept the challenge.”
Lomachenko will enter the ring on May 12th, having watched his last four opponents, all of whom were world class, retire on their stools. However, ‘Hi-Tech’ is hoping Linares doesn’t quit.
“It’s not good for me. It’s not good for boxing,” said Lomachenko. “Boxing, it’s a war. It’s a very, very brutal sport, and if you come in the ring, then you need to be willing to die in the ring. If you can’t die, you’re out.”
The Ukranian star is not concerned about being the smaller man in this contest either, in fact, he claims he is looking forward to it.
“For me, it’s a big challenge because, before this fight, I fought against guys who were the same size or a little bit smaller than me,” said Lomachenko. “Now, I want to feel the way Rigondeaux felt when he fought me. He was smaller than I at that point. I am going to be smaller than my opponents now. I want to show people it’s not a big problem, that five pounds are not too big of a difference.”