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Lomachenko talks career, Rigondeaux and Santa Cruz

Vasyl Lomachenko caught up with RingTV to talk about his career track and potential fights with Rigo and LSC.

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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 will be appearing on the Mayweather-Pacquiao undercard in May and discussed his meteoric rise in the professional ranks with RingTV. Here are some excerpts from the interview.

When asked about those who question the "rushing" of his career at this stage, Vasyl replied:

"It absolutely doesn't matter to me what people say. There will always be critics and some of them have nothing better to do than to criticize, but I'm a boxer. My business is boxing and to be the best boxer I can be."

This criticism was highlighted when he lost a chance at the title in only his second professional bout against Orlando Salido last year.

"I don't want to think about that fight. I don't like to look backwards. The only thing I will say is that I would welcome the opportunity for a rematch. I am very sure the result will be different this time."

"Surprisingly, I really don't think about that fight at all. What I do believe is that to beat the champion you have to do it convincingly. You have to beat him in a way that no one can question it. There shouldn't even be any debates about it. I didn't do that against Salido. You know, maybe I did beat him, who knows, but it doesn't matter now because I didn't do it convincingly. I can say all I want that I beat him, but the truth is since it wasn't obvious then it didn't really happen."

When asked about why he decided not to turn professional after winning his first gold medal at the Olympics he responded:

"Well, It wasn't my decision alone. My father, who is also my trainer, helped me with the decision. His argument overruled mine and we decided to wait. My father said it was too soon and I wasn't ready yet so I listened to him."

"My father knows a lot about boxing and he said the body doesn't stop developing until 25 years of age. At the time I won the gold medal I was only 20 years old and still needed to mature physically."

Vasyl was then asked about his thoughts on Guillermo Rigondeaux .

"I think he's a good boxer, a strong boxer. He also had a great amateur career. He's a very smart fighter. Very technical too."

The question then turned to a potential bout between the two where Rigo insists that Vasyl would have to come down in weight to his division:

"Well, then that's his problem. As far as I know his people called me to fight him. We never reached out to him. For me, I don't think it's nice to talk about someone smaller than me. At that time I wasn't going to tell him to come up to my weight. I didn't really have any professional experience at the time so who was I? Now that I'm a world champion and things are different I feel like I have a say. If he wants me come down to his weight or to some catchweight then I am not interested."

"...I will never come down. I already came down to my current weight class in the Olympics. How much can I really go down? Lets say even if I physically can do it so then what? I will have no strength, no power. It's up to him at this point. If he wants to fight me and prove he is the best then he will come up, but I can't force him. If he does then I will be very happy to fight him. It would be an honor."

Finally he was asked about his thoughts on Leo Santa Cruz:

"I never saw him fight. I only saw highlights. Boxing is a sport and a business but to some people boxing is only a business. For me I can say it's a sport. I love boxing for the sport of competing against the best. I want to fight the fighters who will challenge me. I have shown that I only want big fights. Unfortunately it's not always possible. Other people just see this as a business. That's why I respect the amateurs. In the Olympics, you have 70 fighters come from around the world and everyone fights each other until no one is left. You have first place, second place and third place. Professional boxing is very different."

So how long until we see Loma in with the Walters', Donaire's, and Mares' of the featherweight division, and who would be the ultimate match-up for him at 126lbs?

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