WBA lightweight world champion Vasyl Lomachenko (11-1, 9 KOs) is preparing for his December 8th showdown with WBO lightweight beltholder Jose Pedraza, which takes place at The Theater in Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Lomachenko was ringside last Saturday night at Wembley Stadium in London, and watched IBF, IBO, WBA, WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua pummel Alexander Povetkin for a seventh round stoppage.
"People understand boxing in the UK, the fans love it," Lomachenko told Sky Sports. "I've fought twice here in the amateurs. Boxing is born in England. To fight here] I need to take on top fighters, the ones with high skill, I need a challenge."
The top target on Lomachenko's list, if all goes well with Pedraza, is a full division unification with WBC, IBF lightweight champion Mikey Garcia (39-0, 30 KOs).
At the moment, Garcia owes an IBF mandatory defense to Richard Commey - but the undefeated champion is very interested in jumping up in weight by two weight classes to 147-pounds, for a fight with IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence.
The biggest issue in making a fight between Garcia and Lomachenko is their network affiliations. Lomachenko, through his promoter Top Rank, is tied to ESPN. And Garcia is affiliated with Showtime. Garcia was promoted by Top Rank for the bulk of his career and waged a legal war for two years to become a free agent in 2016.
"My next fight in December is with Pedraza to unify titles, after this we can talk about 2019. I think it will be Mikey Garcia [in 2019] because he has two titles and the winner takes it all," Lomachenko said.
"Now, I stop at 135lbs and after a couple of years I go up to 140. It depends on how I feel and my size. Nobody knows what will happen over the years, maybe I could even go down. My father taught me boxing and showed me what this beautiful sport means."