Vasyl Lomachenko: Everyone knows I’m the Papi!
Pound for pound star Vasyl Lomachenko isn’t shy when it comes to calling out fighters after landing yet another opportunity to make history.
The 29 year-old Ukrainian battles Jason Sosa on April 8 in a bid to unify his first weight class following a run to becoming two-weight world ruler in just eight fights as a professional.
Lomachenko has built on his amateur legacy immensely since ditching the vest in 2013 and believes the rest of his boxing rivals are running scared as he makes his way through the divisions.
“I would like to thank Jason Sosa, who unlike the other champions, agreed to take this fight to determine the best in this weight division, even though everyone knows I am the division’s Papi,” said Lomachenko.
“I moved up to 130 pounds hoping champions in this division were not cowards like those at 126 pounds. It looks like I was wrong.
“To all the other ‘champions’ in the 126 pound and 130 pound divisions, I say this to you, ‘You are not champions, you are businessmen. Bad businessmen. By avoiding risks, you cheat the boxing fans and that is bad business.’
“I came to this sport to prove to myself and others that I am this big and loud champion. So, while all of you continue to hide from me, I am going forward to achieve my goals.”
The one solitary blip on Lomachenko’s unpaid record was avenged twice against Albert Selimov, meaning Orlando Salido can expect a call should the super-featherweight champion fully prove he’s the number one at 130 pounds next month.