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Lomachenko’s camp in full swing heading into April 12th title defense

WBA/WBO lightweight world champion Vasiliy “Loma” Lomachenko held a media workout on Monday morning in Los Angeles, CA, as he preps for his world title defense against Anthony Crolla on April 12 at Staples Center.

For Lomachenko, the naysayers have begun to talk, and talk loudly since he moved to lightweight last year. Despite his two wins in the lightweight division winning him to separate world titles, Lomachenko has been seen as too small for the division as Jorge Linares dropped him and Jose Pedraza stayed competitive, something we just are not use to seeing in a Lomachenko bout.

Right now, I am a lightweight, but lightweight is not my ideal weight category. My goal now is to unify all four titles, and then, we’ll see. Maybe I’ll move back down to 130 pounds and win world titles there for a second time.” said Lomachenko to the press.

Lomachenko is a once-in-a-generation athlete winning a world title in his third professional fight. Lomachenko also is a two-time gold medalist winning gold in 2008 and 2012 Olympics for good measure. No matter what you think of Lomachenko, you can’t say that he is not talented or proven.

Lomachenko’s opponent, Anthony Crolla is outgunned let’s be fair. That being said the WBA has deemed him the number one contender for their lightweight belt and Lomachenko has choose to defend his title against him as his previous opponent, Richard Commey, the IBF lightweight number one contender, is currently injured.

“I don’t know too much about him. I know him from his two fights with Jorge Linares. I do know he is an aggressive fighter, and I like to fight guys who come forward.”

Crolla is largely a U.K. regional fighter, whose best wins are over Darleys Perez winning by knockout after getting a debatable draw in their first meeting, as well as a win over Ricky Burns. Besides that he is best known for two bouts with Jorge Linares, both of which he lost.

“I prepare like always. We are training hard. I’ve been training for a couple months already and will put on a great performance for my fans in Los Angeles and on ESPN+. I will show everyone my best style and hope everyone enjoys it.” said Lomachenko

Lomachenko is one of the greats and when he is gone people will miss him as well as talk about him. He fights on April 12th in a bout promoted by Top Rank Inc in association with Matchroom Boxing USA – tickets available at

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