Amateur standout Vasyl Lomachenko is closing in a his second world title chance in just three pro fights when the talented Ukrainian battles Gary Russell Jr for the vacant WBO featherweight title on Saturday night.
Lomachenko, who lost just once in almost 400 fights before entering the paid ranks, was tipped for glory in his last fight against Orlando Salido, but ultimately lost out on winning the very same title belt at the Alamodome in March.
The 26 year-old now gets an instant chance at redemption against unbeaten American Russell and says suffering a second loss in just his third prize-fight is far from playing on his mind as the StubHub Center clash draws nearer.
“I don’t feel any pressure. I don’t feel anything, because I already have the one loss. I think Gary Russell is the one who needs to be thinking about that loss,” said Lomachenko.
“Of course I learned how to adjust to professional boxing, because I’ve never been in the ring so much. But I think just fighting the 12 rounds with Orlando Salido I got to experience more if I would be fighting just regular level guys for two years.
“Not everybody has a chance to go so far, and when I thought I had the chance I worked hard for it, and I think I earned it. Again, somebody can fight five years and not have a single chance to get to a title fight. I’m going to do it. I’m confident I can do it, and I will try to do it.
“I’m excited and looking forward to Saturday but, for me, I go into the ring thinking the same thing before every fight, and that’s I want to win.
“Gary Russell is much faster than me. He’s a very quick, speedy fighter, and I won’t know until we get into the ring how I plan to deal with it. But we’ll find out soon enough. I fought really fast guys in the amateurs but those were only three-round fights so I didn’t have time to try and figure out the style of who I was fighting.
“I got good experience from my two professional fights. I came on the last half of my first fight so I think my stamina and conditioning is good. But every fight is different so we’ll have to see how it goes on Saturday.
“I expect a good fight on Saturday and I expect to win,’ he added.
Guerrero v Kamegai, Alexander v Soto-Karass and Russell v Lomachenko are all live on Showtime this Saturday from 10pm ET and on BoxNation in the UK from 2am. Subscribe at BoxNation
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