Vasyl Lomachenko next fight: Josh Warrington welcomes bout – ‘I’d be a massive, massive underdog… but he’s no spring chicken’

11 Sep

Josh Warrington has stated that he would be willing to welcome Vasyl Lomachenko back to featherweight, should the pound-for-pound king confirm a drop down.

In the aftermath of his win over Luke Campbell to unify three of the four lightweight belts, Loma discussed the option of moving to super-featherweight or even all the way back to featherweight next year.

Josh Warrington is the IBF featherweight world champion
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If he does so, Leeds’ IBF world champion would relish the opportunity to test his skills and defend his belt against the 31-year-old Ukrainian phenom.

Warrington told a small group of reporters, including talkSPORT.com: “People have said to me, ‘Would you take that opportunity?’

“And they seem a bit surprised when I said, ‘Yeah, why wouldn’t I?’

“I’d be a massive, massive, massive underdog and I wouldn’t be f***ing daft, I’d be fighting one of the sport’s greats, but why wouldn’t I want to test myself?

Vasyl Lomachenko rules the lightweight division and previously held titles in the weight classes below
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“He’s a fantastic champion and a multi-weight champion, of course I’d want to have a go. He’s not a spring chicken and he’s not getting any younger.

“I’m not saying he’s past it or he’s on the slide because he looked red-hot against Luke Campbell.

“It was fascinating to watch, as a boxing fan, how he implemented his game plan, he just changed what he had to do to break Luke Campbell down.

“It was unbelievable, but if he came back to featherweight I’d put my hand up.”

Warrington beat mandatory challenger Kid Galahad by split decision in June
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Warrington’s desire to jump into a massive test against Lomachenko may be viewed as reckless by some, however, the 28-year-old has clearly grown somewhat frustrated by certain aspects of the sport in recent months.

At the start of 2019, he seemed destined to unify against a fellow featherweight world champion this year, but big fights have sadly eluded him owing to a variety of reasons.

“You think everybody will want that opportunity,” he explained.

“Don’t get me wrong, challengers want that opportunity because they want to have a go and try to get the gold, but the other champions are not always as enthusiastic as I am.

In 2018, Warrington beat Lee Selby and Carl Frampton
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“A real legacy is defending your belt against as many other champions as you can. My first defence was against Carl Frampton then I had to fight my mandatory but after that if I could have had Leo Santa Cruz, Oscar Valdez and Gary Russell Jr I would, in any order.

“I was speaking to Frank about the next fight and he was telling me the other fighters don’t want it. I was almost in tears to be honest, I was proper down because I’d told my fans we’d done Leeds and we’d do America now. Frank said, ‘Josh, it’s not happening.’

“I was on my hands and knees but he said, ‘What more can I do?’ I was thinking, ‘Why do they not want the fight?’

“I don’t want to have 20 defences just to pad out my record and get paydays. Get me the big fights against the champions.

“Fighting the big names does something to me, when my back’s against the wall and people say I can’t.

Warrington’s next defence will be against the little-known Sofiane Takoucht on October 12
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“If I can go on and win another world title then feed me whoever you want. Feed me your Mick Conlans, feed me your up-and-coming prospects but let me have an opportunity to win another world title.

“For me to go to my grave a unified champion, I can live off that for the rest of my life. But I don’t want to come to the end of my career and wonder what if.

“As a featherweight your career moves fast, you fight two or three times a year if you’re lucky.

“The big fights take a lot of preparation and planning and I just want them now while I have momentum.”

Josh Warrington welcomes Vasyl Lomachenko fight: ‘I’d be a massive, massive underdog… but he’s no spring chicken’

11 Sep

Josh Warrington has excitedly stated that he would be willing to welcome Vasyl Lomachenko back to featherweight, should the pound-for-pound king confirm a drop down.

In the aftermath of his win over Luke Campbell to unify three of the four lightweight belts, Loma discussed the option of moving to super-featherweight or even all the way back to featherweight next year.

Josh Warrington is the IBF featherweight world champion
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If he does so, Leeds’ IBF world champion would relish the opportunity to test his skills and defend his belt against the 31-year-old Ukrainian phenom.

Warrington told a small group of reporters, including talkSPORT.com: “People have said to me, ‘Would you take that opportunity?’

“And they seem a bit surprised when I said, ‘Yeah, why wouldn’t I?’

“I’d be a massive, massive, massive underdog and I wouldn’t be f***ing daft, I’d be fighting one of the sport’s greats, but why wouldn’t I want to test myself?

Vasyl Lomachenko rules the lightweight division and previously held titles in the weight classes below
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“He’s a fantastic champion and a multi-weight champion, of course I’d want to have a go. He’s not a spring chicken and he’s not getting any younger.

“I’m not saying he’s past it or he’s on the slide because he looked red-hot against Luke Campbell.

“It was fascinating to watch, as a boxing fan, how he implemented his game plan, he just changed what he had to do to break Luke Campbell down.

“It was unbelievable, but if he came back to featherweight I’d put my hand up.”

Warrington beat mandatory challenger Kid Galahad by split decision in June
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Warrington’s desire to jump into a massive test against Lomachenko may be viewed as reckless by some, however, the 28-year-old has clearly grown somewhat frustrated by certain aspects of the sport in recent months.

At the start of 2019, he seemed destined to unify against a fellow featherweight world champion this year, but big fights have sadly eluded him owing to a variety of reasons.

“You think everybody will want that opportunity,” he explained.

“Don’t get me wrong, challengers want that opportunity because they want to have a go and try to get the gold, but the other champions are not always as enthusiastic as I am.

In 2018, Warrington beat Lee Selby and Carl Frampton
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“A real legacy is defending your belt against as many other champions as you can. My first defence was against Carl Frampton then I had to fight my mandatory but after that if I could have had Leo Santa Cruz, Oscar Valdez and Gary Russell Jr I would, in any order.

“I was speaking to Frank about the next fight and he was telling me the other fighters don’t want it. I was almost in tears to be honest, I was proper down because I’d told my fans we’d done Leeds and we’d do America now. Frank said, ‘Josh, it’s not happening.’

“I was on my hands and knees but he said, ‘What more can I do?’ I was thinking, ‘Why do they not want the fight?’

“I don’t want to have 20 defences just to pad out my record and get paydays. Get me the big fights against the champions.

“Fighting the big names does something to me, when my back’s against the wall and people say I can’t.

Warrington’s next defence will be against the little-known Sofiane Takoucht on October 12
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“If I can go on and win another world title then feed me whoever you want. Feed me your Mick Conlans, feed me your up-and-coming prospects but let me have an opportunity to win another world title.

“For me to go to my grave a unified champion, I can live off that for the rest of my life. But I don’t want to come to the end of my career and wonder what if.

“As a featherweight your career moves fast, you fight two or three times a year if you’re lucky.

“The big fights take a lot of preparation and planning and I just want them now while I have momentum.”

Boxing news: Gervonta Davis confident Vasyl Lomachenko fight will happen ‘at the right time’

10 Sep

Gervonta Davis has confidently assured fans that he believes he will fight Vasyl Lomachenko after announcing a move up to lightweight.

The 24-year-old former super-featherweight champion vacated his belt earlier this month and will now campaign at 135lbs – where Loma holds three of the four titles.

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“I just want to move up and try to win more belts, basically make myself one of the top guys,” Davis explained to ESPN.

“So I think it was best for me to move up and try to get one of them belts.

“I’m comfortable fighting at 130lbs. I can actually come back down and fight at 130lbs.

“But right now it was frustrating not being able to get big fights at 130lbs. So I’ll move up and see who I can get at 135lbs.

“If I can’t get anyone at 135lbs or if I win a belt, and there’s a big opportunity to fight with someone at 130lbs, I’d do that.”

Lomachenko has the WBA, WBC & WBO titles, and is planning to fight for the IBF next year
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Many see three-weight champion Loma as boxing’s best today and some see Davis as one of the few with the capabilities to truly test him.

When asked about the possibility of that fight happening, ‘Tank’ replied: “I want to be in position to fight for a belt.

“So if I can get one of the champions or get someone that would line me up to get a belt then I’m cool with that.

“Lomachenko is definitely one of the top opponents for me at 130 or 135.

“I believe it will happen, but it got to be at the right time.”

Luke Campbell EXCLUSIVE: Vasyl Lomachenko fight was close, I’d love rematch

4 Sep

Luke Campbell has exclusively told talkSPORT that he wants a rematch with Vasyl Lomachenko and believes the fight was closer than the scorecards would have people believe.

Britain’s lightweight mandatory challenger ultimately has no qualms about the result and admits he was beaten by the better man in the Ukrainian star, but would still like to face him again.

The pair showed respect at the final bell
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Campbell told Jim White on talkSPORT: “I’m gutted because I came up short on the night.

“It’s really painful for me to say that, you know. I got beat.

“It’s painful for me because when you train and live for something, and you do something every single day, and it’s your passion. Them words don’t come out easy.

“For me, most of the rounds were very close, I didn’t think there was a lot in it.

“I was a little bit disappointed in the scorecards because that really did not reflect the fight.”

Despite being knocked down, Campbell put up a brilliant fight
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Despite defeat, there were plenty of positives for Campbell to take as he once again proved he can equip himself well when competing with the sport’s elite.

So much so, in fact, that the Hull man would ideally like to jump straight back in there and have a rematch with Lomachenko, even though this seems unlikely.

Campbell continued: “I’d love to fight him again. I feel like if I got the opportunity to fight him again I feel like I could push him more.

“I’d make the right adjustments I needed to make.

“I looked at the performance the other night when I watched it back and I just thought, ‘I can do better than that.’

“I seen a few little mistakes I was making and a few little tweaks here and there and I thought, ‘I can be better than and I will be better than that.’”

Boxing news: Anthony Joshua beats Andy Ruiz Jr ’99 times out of 100′, Povetkin wants Tyson Fury and Bellew on Lomachenko vs Gervonta Davis

2 Sep

It was another thrilling weekend of boxing as the world focused their attention on London’s 02 Arena to see one of the pound-for-pound best in action.

Vasyl Lomachenko outclassed a brave Luke Campbell in the capital to add the WBC Lightweight world title to his WBO and WBA straps.

It was a packed card on Saturday evening, with plenty of stories emerging from the weekend as the attention turns to the final quarter of 2019 in the fighting calendar.

Here are the latest stories from the world of boxing.

Vasyl Lomachenko defeated Luke Campbell by a wide points decision to add the WBC Lightweight strap to his haul
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Barry Hearn believes Anthony Joshua gains revenge over Ruiz Jr

Matchroom Boxing chairman Barry Hearn is adamant Anthony Joshua will convincingly defeat Andy Ruiz Jr to reclaim his world titles.

The boxing world was stunned when, at the beginning of June, the unfancied Mexican stopped AJ on his US debut in Madison Square Garden.

Although an immediate rematch was sanctioned for December 7 in Saudi Arabia, concerns lingered about Joshua’s mental state after such a damaging defeat with so much riding on the line.

Andy Ruiz Jr knocked Anthony Joshua down four times and stopped him in New York
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But Hearn told the Sunday Telegraph the 30-year-old is adamant this is the fight he wants next.

“AJ walked onto one and got beat,” he said. “ Welcome to heavyweight boxing. Ruiz signed for a rematch. The insurance policy is that Joshua has one chance back at it. Do you take your chance? Yes, of course you do. Anyone else who says different is just looking for column inches. You would fancy Joshua against Ruiz 99 times out of 100.” ​

Hearn insists Joshua is confident of winning and that ‘money talks sense’.​

“To refuse the rematch would mean you’d come back as a challenger with no claims. You’d be in a weaker negotiating place,” he says. “You’re still one fight away. The downturn is massive. If you get beat in the second fight, you may not be finished but it’s a massive dent in the commercial side. You get over one. Lennox Lewis came back after one shock defeat and another, too.​

“Do we let Ruiz walk away with all the belts and not take the chance to get them back? Don’t be ridiculous. Anyone who says that is in cloud cuckoo land. This is the fight Anthony wants.”​

Povetkin wants Tyson after dispatching Hughie

Alexander Povetkin has called out Tyson Fury after claiming victory over cousin Hughie at the 02 on Saturday.

The Russian proved too aggressive and too strong for the 24-year-old, who was hoping to control the fight with his jab.

Povetkin beat Hughie Fury by a unanimous points decision at the 02
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But the youngster came unstuck against the wily veteran and lost via a unanimous decision.

Cousin Tyson is currently preparing to fight Otto Wallin on September 14 in Las Vegas, after claiming a host of fighters turned down the opportunity to face him.

Former WBA heavyweight champion Povetkin has now turned his attention to the lineal heavyweight champion of the world for a fight in December in the UK.

Povetkin said: “He’s talked a great deal about me turning down offers to fight him this year which were never sent.

“He speaks of wanting to fight in England before the end of the year; this is a perfect plan for me.

“I’d be happy to return to fight in front of these great boxing fans and prove to them and the rest of the world that I can beat Tyson Fury.”

Bellew believes Loma makes Davis ‘look stupid’

Tony Bellew acknowledges Gervonta Davis is probably Vasyl Lomachenko’s biggest threat, but believes the Ukrainian still makes the youngster ‘look stupid’.

‘Loma’ showcased all of his ring craft and technical brilliance to outpoint Luka Campbell and reiterated his desire to become the undisputed Lightweight champion.

Davis has reportedly vacated his WBA super-featherweight title and made the move up to lightweight, meaning a fight with the 31-year-old could be a real possibility in the future.

Lomachenko and Davis appear to be on a collision course
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But former cruiserweight world champion Bellew believes a fight between the pair at any weight is a formality.

“He just made another quality fighter look normal, man,” Bellew told iFL TV. “He’s just a special fighter. The only thing that beats him now is size.

“Nothing below 135 is touching him. I’m sorry to say, I don’t care who it is, and that includes Gervonta Davis.”

“I don’t know if he’s big enough. You can never count him out, he’s so powerful.”

Davis has not earned the nickname of ‘Tank’ for nothing however, with 21 of his 22 wins coming by way of knockout.

Floyd Mayweather’s protege is still only 24 years of age and the move up in weight means his power is only likely to increase.

But ‘The Bomber’ insists no-one can touch the double Olympic champion.

“There’s no one even close,” Bellew continued. “His biggest threat is Gervonta Davis, but I actually think he make Gervonta Davis look stupid.

“Gervonta Davis is exceptional as well, and I’m a big fan. But this boy is in a different atmosphere to everyone else is on planet Earth, and this boy has conquered Earth.

“Now he’s going to conquer Mars.

Boxing news: Gervonta Davis appears to vacate world title, moving up to Vasyl Lomachenko’s weight class

1 Sep

Gervonta Davis has vacated his WBA super-featherweight title and is now moving up to lightweight, according to the sanctioning body’s latest rankings.

The 24-year-old, who previously also held the IBF super-featherweight belt, is now no longer listed as champion by the WBA and is instead ranked #1 in the division above.

Gervonta Davis is signed to Mayweather Promotions
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This puts him in prime position to challenge unified WBA, WBC and WBO lightweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko, who beat Luke Campbell on Saturday night, however there may be a less exciting fight in play.

It is also notable that, despite not fighting in the past month, Yuriorkis Gamboa has leapfrogged Rances Barthelemy and Robert Easter Jr up to #2.

Last time out, Davis and Gamboa fought on the same show with the suggestion that they may face one another next.

The new WBA lightweight rankings
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It looks as though this may now be in the works, with the WBA possibly about to put one of their vacant secondary ‘regular’ belts on the line.

The WBA are infamous for their proliferation of unnecessary belts in boxing and this would just be the latest instalment.

This whole saga may come as a disappointment to some boxing fans, who were hoping to see Davis unify against Tevin Farmer at super-featherweight or challenge Lomachenko at lightweight.

Boxing news: Vasyl Lomachenko reveals plans to fight again this year after Luke Campbell win, talks potential opponent

1 Sep

Vasyl Lomachenko insists he will return to the ring for a third fight in 2019, even though he’ll likely not get the bout he wants.

The pound-for-pound king beat Luke Campbell by decision on Saturday night to add the WBC lightweight title to his already captured WBA and WBO belts.

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This means Loma now just needs Richard Commey’s IBF to become undisputed champion, however there’s a problem.

While he is being lined up to face the winner, the Ukrainian will have to wait because Commey’s next defence is being planned for December 14 against mandatory challenger Teofimo Lopez.

The winner of Commey vs Lopez will meet Lomachenko, but until then he intends to stay busy and get out again one more time in 2019.

Vasyl Lomachenko is the WBA, WBC & WBO lightweight champion
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“Of course I want to unify the last title, the IBF,” Lomachenko said at his post-fight press conference.

“But I think it will be too close, not this year, not next fight.”

When asked who he could face, promoter Bob Arum interjected: “[We’ll] get the best opponent out there.

“We’ll have to go back to the drawing board, [and see] who will fight him.”

Bob Arum has been in boxing for over 50 years, promoting stars from Muhammad Ali to Manny Pacquiao
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When asked where Lomachenko’s next bout could take place, Arum continued: “There are people around the world that want the opportunity to watch him.

“Muhammad Ali, who was my mentor in effect because I was with him for so long, taught me one thing.

“If you’re gonna be a world superstar in boxing, you have to fight all over the world. He can’t limit himself to the United States or any one country.

“I think Loma’s goal is to fight all around the world because I think there is a tremendous market for him.”

Boxing news: Oleksandr Usyk hilariously crashes promoter Bob Arum’s interview after Vasyl Lomachenko beats Luke Campbell

1 Sep

Oleksandr Usyk popped up out of nowhere to ‘videobomb’ Vasyl Lomachenko’s promoter Bob Arum after his win over Luke Campbell on Saturday night.

The Ukrainian ex-undisputed cruiserweight champion was in London to support his countryman Loma, who beat his British opponent on points and claimed another lightweight world title.

Last year, Usyk won all four of the WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO belts at cruiserweight, though he has now vacated ahead of his heavyweight debut on October 12.

Lomachenko is attempting to emulate his compatriot, and is set to face the winner of Richard Commey vs Teofimo Lopez for the final IBF title to complete the achievement next year.

As they are friends from the Ukrainian Olympic team – both winning gold at London 2012 – Loma and Usyk often travel to support one another.

Vasyl Lomachenko is now the WBA, WBC and WBO lightweight champion
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This weekend was no different with Usyk ringside to watch Lomachenko and climbing into the ring afterwards to celebrate.

As promoter Bob Arum gave his interview, the 32-year-old crept up behind him and made funny faces, much to the delight of the British crowd.

Usyk is already known to the UK fans after knocking out Tony Bellew in Manchester last November.

It is expected that his next bout will be against Tyrone Spong and announced imminently.

Vasyl Lomachenko seeks unification fight and promises UK return after convincing victory over Luke Campbell

1 Sep

Vasyl Lomachenko promises he will return to fight in the UK after his stunning win over Luke Campbell at London’s O2 Arena on Saturday night.

The Ukrainian knocked Campbell down in the 11th round and claimed a unanimous decision by two scores of 119-108 and one of 118-109.

Lomachenko delivered a boxing clinic at the O2
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While the judges’ scorecards were arguably a little harsh on the Hull fighter, Lomachenko underlined just why he is regarded as the best pound-for-pound fighter on the planet as he took another step towards becoming the undisputed champion in the 135lb division.

The victory saw him retain his WBA and WBO lightweight titles and scoop the vacant WBC crown.

Only IBF titlist Richard Commey stands in the way of the 31-year-old southpaw realising his aim of holding all four major belts at the weight after he chalked up the 14th victory of a glittering 15-fight professional career that has already seen him win belts at featherweight and super-featherweight.

And Lomachenko is eyeing a potential return to the UK as he seeks a unification fight.

Speaking after the fight, he said: “He [Campbell] has big amateur experience, he’s a smart fighter, a technical fighter and you saw his reach so of course it was hard for me.

“He gave me a good experience and a good fight. I want a unification fight for the four belts.

The Ukrainian won by a wide, unanimous points decision
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“We’re going to fight the best fighters at featherweight, the best fighters at super-featherweight and the best fighters at lightweight.

“I promise I will come back to the UK.”

There was mutual respect between the pair following the bout
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Campbell had nothing but praise for his conqueror, saying: “He’s just beat me, so he’s very good, he’s a special fighter.

“I can go on and achieve anything. Tonight was Lomachenko’s night, but my time will come.”

Vasyl Lomachenko vs Luke Campbell RESULT: Magnificent Loma beats brave Brit by wide points decision

1 Sep

Vasyl Lomachenko beat Luke Campbell by wide, unanimous decision in a thrilling fight on Saturday night at the O2 Arena in London.

The pound-for-pound king floored his challenger in round eleven en route to a dominant victory, despite a brilliant effort from the Brit.

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