Interview Lomachenko – about “American Lomachenko”, Crawford, Haney and Usyk’s evening


The former holder of the WBC / WBO / WBA titles in the lightweight division (up to 61 2 kg) Ukrainian Vasily Lomachenko (16-2, 10 KOs) was the guest of the charity evening of the unified heavyweight champion Alexander Usik in Beverly Hills.

At the event, Vasily gave
interview for the American news portal, where he spoke about Usyk’s charity evening, the revenge of Haney – Kambosos, the WBO welterweight champion (up to 66.7 kg) American Terence Crawford (38-0, 29 KOs) and the WBC super flyweight champion (up to 52.2 kg) from USA Jesse Rodriguez (17-0, 11 KOs).

– We are now at a charity event of the Usyk Foundation with Vasily Lomachenko. Tell me why are we here?

“This is a big event for us, because he supports a lot of people in Ukraine, he supports our country, he provided a lot of help to our country. So we can’t wait for this event to start.

“Tell me about the attention you can bring to the war, the help you can give. You have a kind of star status compared to others.

It’s hard for me to explain this to you in English because my English is limited. But you know, this is a terrible time for our country. Of course, we all want to stop this war. I don’t want to see a lot of people die. That’s why we draw attention to it.

“Let’s hope we get there.” The world wants it. Let’s move on to boxing. Devin Haney had a rematch with Kambosos. What do you think of his performance?

“I liked his fight. Devin did a good and smart job. He got better. He was better than George Kambosos.

– You will soon have a duel with Jemaine Ortiz. But do you want more fight with Devin Haney or for the title of undisputed champion?

It doesn’t matter to me who it is. I need four belts. Of course, I want to become the absolute champion and it doesn’t matter who my opponent is.

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– If you become the absolute champion, will you have any other goals left? You won the championship in three weight divisions, becoming the undisputed champion will be the pinnacle of your career, or do you feel that you will continue after that?

“You know, this is just my next target. I haven’t reached it yet – and that’s why I want to keep going towards my dream.

– We talked with you at the Kavaliauskas fight. You said then that Terence Crawford is the best left-hander. Explain why he is better than Errol Spence?

You know, I like his style. I like his IQ in boxing and I like his strength. He knows when he needs to throw a hard punch. He has a very high boxing IQ. That’s why I consider it the best.

– You once said that Roy Jones Jr. is your favorite fighter in history. How old were you when you watched Roy Jones?

“I was eight or nine years old. When I was six, my favorite fighter was Mike Tyson, but as I got older I fell in love with Roy Jones Jr and his style.

– You are now in a position where the young are kind of running out of you. You’ve sparred with Shakur Stevenson and others… Do you feel like you’re being hunted right now? Do you feel pressure from these young guys?

No, I don’t feel pressure. I think our division is now the most interesting in the world. There are a lot of top fighters in this weight category. Of course, we need to fight each other, and after that we will find out who is the best.

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– Do you think it will happen? I mean, Ryan Garcia and Tank have their own careers.

– You know that for many boxers this is a business. So I don’t know.

Have you seen Bam Rodriguez? He took a lot from your style. He is 52 kg. He recently defeated Rungvisai. Bam Rodriguez from Texas, works with Robert Garcia. It emulates your style, your footwork…

Did he fight on the undercard for Golovkin and Canelo?

– Yes.

— Yes, I saw him. Yes, I liked it. I liked his style. I think he… How long did he fight: 10 or 12 rounds?

– 12.

– All 12 rounds he constantly worked. I think he has very good cardio. I like his style. It was very interesting.

And he likes your style. Vasily, thank you very much for your time.