WBA, WBC, WBO, and Ring Magazine lightweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko (14-1, 10 KOs) has decided to give a bit of praise to Teofimo Lopez Jr. (15-0, 12 KOs) on the eve of their unification bout that is scheduled for October 17, Boxing Scene reports.
“He is an excellent puncher, he has a high boxing IQ, he is younger, but we have the same fights on the list. I have vast experience during my fights in 12 rounds. So we will see how he can hold his own during the fight,” Lomachenko stated.
He also admitted that the lightweight category was not the most suitable for him, but the desire to become an undisputed world champion was the main factor.
“135 is not my weight class. For me, my weight class that is more comfortable is 130, but I need four belts. I need to be the undisputed world champion. That is why I moved to 135,” the unified champion added.
As we reported earlier, WBO International lightweight champion Denys Berinchyk will defend his title against a 38-year-old Romanian Viorel Simion on October 8.