Vasyl lomachenko will face devin haney at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas this Saturday and the Ukrainian boxer will have a chance to become the undisputed lightweight champion.
Born in Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi, Ukraine, he was the 135-pound champion for the WBA, WBO and IBF after defeating Luke Campbell in August 2019. Unfortunately, Lomachenko lost the belts to Teófimo López in his first defense.
This unanimous decision loss changed the way we see things, and life, for the Ukrainian. In the first episode of the documentary Blood, Sweat & Tears: Haney vs. lomachenkofrom ESPN, ‘Hill’
“What happened in my life was that I lost all three belts, I lost this fight, but I won something bigger,” Lomachenko said. “It was good for me and now I understand it, now I have the opportunity to live a new life, a different Lomachenko”.
“Before, I was a man who wanted to conquer the world. My ego was too big, a lot of people didn’t see this, but after the defeat I saw myself. I started to change, everything happens in its time and I think maybe it wasn’t my time”.
IT MAY INTEREST YOU:
He will continue lightly to pursue his dream
The two-time gold medalist He assured that after the defeat against López he was able to drop in category, but he refused to do so to continue in his dream. In Beijing 2008 he won as a featherweight and in London 2012 he won at 135 pounds.
“After López I was able to drop in category, but I didn’t because I lost lightly and I want to continue in that category to pursue my dream because for me, if you lose, you are weak”, said the Ukrainian.
Since then, Lomachenko has strung together wins against Masayoshi Nakataniby technical knockout, Richard Commey and Jamaine Ortizboth by unanimous decision.