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Lomachenko: I Plan To Stay at 135 For a 'Couple of Years'

By Steve Kim

During his in-studio visit to 'the 3 Knockdown Rule' with Mario Lopez last Friday, WBA lightweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko (11-1, 9 KOs) stated that his preference was to plant his flag for a bit at 135, after winning titles in three weight divisions in just a dozen fights.

Lomachenko, who was just a couple of days removed from surgery to repair a torn right labrum suffered during his May 12th bout with Linares, stated that he wants to take part in unification bouts in the lightweight division - and has a target on WBC champion Mikey Garcia, WBO champion Ray Beltran and IBF champion Robert Easter. 

"I'll stay at 135 and want to unify the titles with Mikey (Garcia) and with Beltran and maybe Easter. To me, it doesn't matter. I want to unify," Lomachenko said.

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Last week, Lomachenko's promoter, Bob Arum of Top Rank, stated that it was his belief that Loma's weight threshold would be the junior welterweight limit of 140-pounds.

"I don't know [if I'll go to 140]," said Lomachenko, when this issue was brought up, ''because this weight, 135, I feel smaller than my opponent. I feel it. But I don't know, we'll see. We need to wait a couple years."

It was evident that by the time they both stepped into the ring at New York's Madison Square Garden that Linares was the significantly bigger man.

"We go into the ring together, I saw him after the weigh-in, I think, 'Oh, he's big now,' a bit different," said Lomachenko.

So table any talk of him moving up another weight class.

"It's too early to talk about this now I'm at 135. I want to stay a couple of years at 135. We'll see," Lomachenko said.

His manager, Egis Klimas, who accompanied him on the show, added, "Dominate 135, not just stay - dominate."

Steve Kim is the news editor for BoxingScene.com.

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by NearHypnos on 06-07-2018

[QUOTE=Archie_Leach;18833852]already turned doen the fight multiple times and made excuses doe. guy in your avi was a bum..[/QUOTE] Easy tiger. Lets not say things we can’t take back. You’ve got a lot goin’ against you as it is. Who’s in…

Comment by Basco on 06-07-2018

You get them whiskers caressed the wrong way once and all of a sudden you are staying at 135. lol

Comment by b morph on 06-07-2018

Smart move I think. He's already pretty small at this weight. 140 is pushing it. At 147, he'd get overpowered by the top guys.

Comment by nacho daddy on 06-06-2018

[QUOTE=Califire209;18832850]How do you figure Mikey is much bigger, his body definitely isn't ready for 140 that is for sure. Mikey and Loma are both the same height and they both started their careers at 126. Calling him a cherry picker…

Comment by _Rexy_ on 06-06-2018

I think it's a good call. More talent at 135 than at 140, and I don't see him looking comfortable at 147

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