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Lomachenko: 135 Is Not My Ideal Weight Category Right Now

By Keith Idec

Vasiliy Lomachenko admits he is still getting acclimated at lightweight.

Even after stopping Jorge Linares to win the WBA 135-pound championship five months ago, the skillful southpaw still feels as though he is growing into his new weight class.

Ukraine’s Lomachenko, who won world titles at 126 pounds and 130 pounds, will attempt to add a second lightweight title to his collection when he faces Jose Pedraza on December 8 in New York.

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Lomachenko, 30, discussed his adjustment to lightweight when asked during an open workout Tuesday in Oxnard, California, if he’ll move up to fight at higher than the lightweight limit.

“I believe I’ll stay at 135 and focus on 135 because when I fought Linares, I felt like he was bigger than me,” Lomachenko said. “So I’ll stay at 135 and focus on 135 because I think 135 is not my [ideal] weight category right now. After one or two years, it will be my [ideal] weight.”

Venezuela’s Linares knocked down Lomachenko (11-1, 9 KOs) with a straight right hand in the seventh round of their May 12 bout at Madison Square Garden. Lomachenko recovered, regained control of their scheduled 12-rounder and knocked out Linares with a perfectly placed left to the body in the 10th round.

“It was the first time I was knocked down as a pro,” Lomachenko said. “After the knockdown, I came back and finished the fight. It was a tough fight, but I showed the heart of a champion.”

Lomachenko was ahead on one scorecard (86-84), down on one scorecard (86-84) and even on the third card (85-85) when he stopped Linares. Lomachenko later underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder, an injury he suffered in the second round against Linares (45-4, 28 KOs).

“I had a long rest,” Lomachenko said. “I am looking forward to seeing how I feel and taking on a tough opponent like Pedraza.”

Puerto Rico’s Pedraza (25-1, 12 KOs) out-pointed Phoenix’s Ray Beltran (35-8-1, 21 KOs, 1 NC) in their 12-rounder to win a unanimous decision and the WBO lightweight title August 25 in Glendale, Arizona. ESPN will televise the Lomachenko-Pedraza bout from The Theater at Madison Square Garden.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing. 

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by BLASTER1 on 10-28-2018

[QUOTE=Pigeons;19220731]Lomachenko will finish his career a 5-weight champion IMO.[/QUOTE] I think he Max's out at 140. He won't go for paperchamps just to say he's a 5 division champ he will won't the best and the best at 147 are…

Comment by Johnny2x2x on 10-28-2018

I don't think he should go above 135, but he will, can't blame him for chasing the money.

Comment by a5pe4 on 10-28-2018

135 should never be his ideal weight. He's really a 130 fighter but there aren't enough names there. That being said I want him to get the biggest fights at 135 and maybe 140 even though he's disadvantaged.

Comment by BLASTER1 on 10-28-2018

[QUOTE=NC Uppercut;19229485]Naw man. Mikey is about to ruin himself by facing, Spence of all, the welterweight division. Know he is DTBG but would prefer to see him link up with Loma first[/QUOTE] Yer it's Mikey's excuse not to take a…

Comment by NC Uppercut on 10-28-2018

[QUOTE=Socialtwinkie;19228936]I agree with you that being multiple division champs shouldn't mean anything but lomachenko moved but because the competition is better at 135 for him. You could say tank is at 130 but who the **** is tank? Young guy…

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