Vasyl Lomachenko: ‘I want to be in the history books’

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Vasyl Lomachenko on Mikey Garcia, his next challenge and his ambition

UKRAINIAN star Vasyl Lomachenko is gearing up for Saturday’s WBO super-featherweight world title defence against Miguel Marriaga.

“I did see his bout against Oscar Valdez and what can I tell about him? He is strong and his conditioning is good. He has skills, so what everybody else thinks is going to be easy, I don’t think it is going to be easy for me,” Lomachenko said.

However he does have his sights set on higher profile opposition. “The biggest thing for me is I want to fight top, top fighters in the weight class that I am now fighting in. That is my biggest goal. Then maybe it is different weight classes,” he said.

“I want to be in the history books of boxing – I want my name to be mentioned when people talk about the history of boxing. Most important for me is to fight the best – where the fight means something – fans want it – people want to see it. I want to be on top of the list.”

Vasyl Lomachenko

If he were to move up to lightweight, and Mikey Garcia were to move back down to 135lbs to defend his WBC title, that would be a tremendous contest. “His trainer Robert Garcia mentioned that Mikey is an A-Class fighter. I hadn’t seen anything during that bout that showed me he was an outstanding fighter,” Lomachenko said.

“Yes, he won the fight. Yes, he did everything he needed to win the fight, but I haven’t seen anything outstanding and I haven’t seen him being an A-Class fighter,”

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