By Radio Rahim
According to WBO super featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko (8-1, 6 KOs), he has no problem with moving up in weight for a showdown with Mikey Garcia (37-0, 30 KOs), who currently holds the WBC lightweight title.
Last Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, Garcia moved up to the junior welterweight division and dominated Adrien Broner in a Showtime televised main event. Broner, although the underdog coming in, was a four division world champion.
Lomachenko returns on Saturday night, when he defends his belt against Miguel Marriaga in an ESPN televised main event from Los Angeles.
Ironically, on Thursday Lomachenko and Garcia met face to face for the first time - as the two of them were present at the ESPN studios conduct interviews on separate televised programs.
Lomachenko has made is clear that he wasn't impressed with Garcia's win over Broner. He feels Garcia fights the same way in every bout and says his conditioning is not that good.
“He won this fight, yes. He do always good - but for me I don’t like it because he do the same. I don’t like the same. His physical condition not the best. Then I see sixth or seventh round, he’s very tired. It’s a very slow pace in this fight and he’s tired. How?," Lomachenko said.
As far as the two of them colliding, Lomachenko is ready to make the contest happen - but says Garcia is already drawing a hard line by stating that Lomachenko would have to face him on Showtime. Lomachenko's promoter, Top Rank, has aligned itself with ESPN.
“I’m ready to move up for this fight. Yeah I’m ready. I like it. I want this fight. But, you know, we have two different platforms. I fight in ESPN and he fight in Showtime. After his fight - he talking about ‘Hey, come on. Who want fight with me? Come on to Showtime.’ Hey I can’t. I have a contract,” Lomachenko explained.
“Look, this fight for me, for me it will be interesting - because he’s one of the best fighters. Boxing needs this fight. It will be good. It will be good for boxing.”