Unified lightweight titleholder Vasiliy Lomachenko officially arrived in the United States last night to begin his Stateside preparations for the October 13 title unification bout against Teofimo Lopez. Lomachenko’s manager, Egis Klimas, says he picked up Lomachenko at LAX, who arrived in an exceptionally good mood as he’s fully motivated to put on a show in a fight of this caliber.
“It’s the most excited he’s ever been for a fight because he says, ‘Finally, we are in a fight everyone is waiting for,’” Klimas said. “Because even before, they were good fights, [but] people weren’t talking about it. But this fight everybody is waiting for.”
Klimas would go on to mention that the world still hasn’t seen what Lomachenko is fully capable of because he’s yet to meet an opponent to bring the best out of him, suggesting we’ve only seen about 65% of what Loma can do in the ring. But according to Klimas, if Lopez can even make Loma raise his game to about 80-90%, that would clearly make him the best fighter they’ve gone up against.
Lomachenko will stage the U.S. portion of his training camp at a home gym he built in Camarillo, CA, and would’ve come back to the U.S. sooner had he and his team not run into some visa problems. He’s here now, though, and the boxing world eagerly awaits what could turn out to be the best fight of the year.