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Pedraza: I've Visualized All Possible Scenarios of Beating Loma

Vasiliy Lomachenko, the pound-for-pound star and WBA lightweight world champion will look to unify world titles for the first time Saturday when he takes on WBO champ Jose Pedraza.

Three-division world champion Lomachenko is returning to the ring for the first time since climbing off the canvas to stop Venezuela's Jorge Linares on May 12.

The Ukrainian, who suffered a torn labrum in his right shoulder in that bout and had surgery the same month, says he's "100 percent" for his return.

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He claimed his first professional world title, at featherweight, in his third bout as a professional and added a super featherweight belt in his seventh pro fight on the way to his current 11-1 record.

"Since the moment I signed to fight {Ray} Beltran, I knew that the winner was going to fight Lomachenko. Mentally, I've been preparing, staying positive, staying focused, and also physically, I'm well prepared," Pedraza said.

"I had a great training camp for this fight. Lomachenko is a great fighter, a complete fighter, and I know that I will have to be at my best. I am prepared to put on a good fight. Me {unifying} the titles on Saturday would mean a lot to {Puerto Rico}. It would be the first Christmas after what happened with Hurricane Maria. Definitely, me winning on Saturday would bring a lot of joy and blessings to the island.

“The time is almost here. The desire to win is very high. I have visualized all the possible scenarios. I’ve seen myself winning, I’ve seen myself knocking him out, I’ve seen myself pulling out the victory coming from behind. The closer the fight approaches, the more I see myself with my hands held high and with the two titles on my shoulders. I already fulfilled my goal of becoming a world champion, and now I’m going after the goal of unifying titles.”

Lomachenko showed plenty of grit in his 10th-round technical knockout of Linares, battling to the victory despite a knockdown and the shoulder injury.

Lomachenko acknowledged that training and sparring having provided the same test of his shoulder that will come against Pedraza.

Puerto Rico's Pedraza, 25-1 with 12 knockouts, is back in the world title mix after relinquishing his IBF super featherweight title in a technical knockout loss to Gervonta Davis in January of 2017.

He seized his WBO lightweight title with a unanimous decision over Ray Beltran on August 25.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by BoxingIsGreat on 12-08-2018

All I know is it'll be competitive. Pedraza is one tough guy and no walkover for anyone

Comment by DramaShow on 12-08-2018

And I've visualised all possible scenarios with miley Cyrus but doesnt mean id get the one i want in reality

Comment by _Rexy_ on 12-08-2018

“And pedraza with the win tonight as Lomachenko suffers a heart attack moments before entering the ring”

Comment by jackblack008 on 12-08-2018

any one coming out of shoulder surgery is not a favorite to win. George groves

Comment by PETUFF on 12-08-2018

Warr Pedraza!!!!!you can do it bro!!!:boxing::boxing:

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