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Vasyl Lomachenko wants to be appreciated as a 'boxer-painter'

Vasyl Lomachenko is set to defend his WBO featherweight title this Saturday on the Bradley-Rios card, and says he wants to bring something new to the sport of boxing.

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Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

Vasyl Lomachenko (4-1, 2 KOs) will be taking on Romulo Koasicha (24-4,14 KOs) this weekend as the co-main event for Bradley-Rios and spoke about what he wants to bring to the sport of boxing during his media workout.

"I want to bring something new to boxing. I want to be known to fans and appreciated as a 'boxer-painter' in regards to speed, footwork, punching power -- an art form inside the ring. I have looked at videos of many great champions like Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Robinson and Joe Frazier who each had special qualities. I never say one particular fighter is the best ever because each has a special unique style of fighting," said Lomachenko.

"Every fight has challenges. I looked at some video of my opponent who fought Lee Selby. In the middle of that fight my opponent did a transition and fought with a different type of style against Selby. These are the situations you must deal with on the night of a fight."

The Ukrainian boxer with two Olympic gold medals and a professional world title in only five fights is already regarded as something of a Rembrandt in the sport. His technique, footwork, and approach are all practically flawless, with his sole loss to Orlando Salido appearing to be a consequence of needing more professional seasoning than anything else.

But that's a lesson Lomachenko believes he's learned and is hopeful that he will get another shot at Salido to right that wrong. In the meanwhile, Salido appears to be lining up a third fight with "Rocky" Martinez.

Lomachenko's manager, Egis Klimas, says that Lomachenko is currently only about 40% of what he'll soon become, which even if a gross hyperbole is still a bit scary to think about. But if one of the few master technicians in the sport is still dedicated to improving, it will be a beautiful thing to watch him flourish.

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