Vasyl Lomachenko says he could have gone down in weight after losing his 135lbs titles to Teofimo Lopez.
Lomachenko was upset by Lopez – in a fight that surprised many. After the loss, many wondered what would be next for Lomachenko and he said he thought about possibly dropping down in weight, but he decided not to.
“After the Lopez loss, I could have gone down (in weight) and fight,” Lomachenko stated during the first part of ESPN’s Blood, Sweat & Tears: Haney vs. Lomachenko series which premiered Sunday (h/t BoxingScene). “But I can’t because I lose at lightweight. Lightweight took my dream, took my goal. I can’t change.”
After the loss, Vasyl Lomachenko he has won three straight fights against Masayoshi Nakatani, Richard Commey, and Jamaine Ortiz.
Lomachenko is now set to face Devin Haney on Saturday for Haney’s lightweight titles which is a chance to reclaim his belts. He says that was the plan after losing to Lopez as he wanted to prove he can still win at 135lbs.
“For me, it looks like you’re weak,” Lomachenko claimed of any decision to leave the division. “I still have my speed, my power, my conditioning. I was very close with this goal. Now I have a second chance. But I have a second chance with a different man.”
Do you think Vasyl Lomachenko will beat Devin Haney?