By Ron Lewis
Vasiliy Lomachenko says he will have some time off in Ukraine “hunting and fishing” before deciding his next move after adding the WBC lightweight title to his collection with a points win over Luke Campbell in London.
The Ukrainian said that the Campbell fight had proved the most difficult of his career, but he said he would only give himself a seven out of ten for his performance.
“I said before it would not be easy he is a very smart and technical boxer with a big reach that is his main power,” Lomachenko said.
“It was the biggest stretch of my career because it was like an amateur fight, because it was so technical. Yes he hurt me, he has big power and he caught me with a couple of shots. I was close to getting the knockout but it doesn’t matter, the knockout, the score, it doesn’t matter, it was just the win.
“My dad was not concerned with me getting the finish and winning with a knockout, he just told me to keep throwing combinations and to get the win. I need to see my fight back on TV and then I will understand. If I scored it out of 10 I would probably give it a seven.”
Lomachenko confirmed that he will box again this year, even though, with Richard Commey defending the IBF title against Teofimo Lopez on December 14, he will not be able to complete his set of world title belts until 2020.
“I want to unify the division, I want the last title but it won’t happen this year, it will not be my next fight,” he said.
“I don’t know if there are any British fighters for me to come back here and fight, maybe you can find me one.
“I don’t want people to ask me if I think I am a great. That is down to other people to talk about and decide, my opinion doesn’t matter.”