WBA Lightweight World Champion Vasyl Lomachenko opened his training camp on Tuesday ahead of his BoxNation unification clash against WBO title holder Jose Pedraza at Madison Square Garden on December 8th.
Lomachenko showed off his dazzling array of training tricks, as well as sharing his thoughts on past, present and potential fight nights. This is what the pound-for-pound great had to say:
On the Pedraza fight:
"I had a long rest [following shoulder surgery]. I am looking forward to seeing how I feel and taking on a tough opponent like Pedraza. I haven't had much time to watch his fights."
On potentially unifying the titles:
"I can't wait. After this fight, a lot of doors will be open. Title unification fights are good for the sport of boxing."
On future opponents:
"I love challenges. That's what motivates me. I want all the top fighters. I'm open to anyone."
On the Jorge Linares fight:
"It was the first time I was knocked down as a pro. After the knockdown, I came back and finished the fight. It was a tough fight, but I showed the heart of a champion."
On whether he'll remain at Lightweight:
"I believe I'll stay at 135 and focus on 135 because when I fought against Linares, I felt like he was bigger than me. So I'll stay at 135 because I think 135 is not my [ideal] weight category right now. After one or two years, it will be my [ideal] weight."
On a Mikey Garcia fight:
"I hope [it will happen]. We can't see in the future because my next fight is against Pedraza. After Pedraza, we can talk about fighting Mikey."