Vasyl Lomachenko returns from injury in lightweight unification bout

first_imgFILE – Vasiliy Lomachenko celebrates his Junior Lightweight bout victory over Guillermo Rigondeaux at Madison Square Garden on December 9, 2017 in New York City. Steven Ryan/Getty Images/AFPVasyl Lomachenko, the pound-for-pound star and WBA lightweight world champion will look to unify world titles for the first time Saturday when he takes on WBO champ Jose Pedraza.Three-division world champion Lomachenko is returning to the ring for the first time since climbing off the canvas to stop Venezuela’s Jorge Linares on May 12.ADVERTISEMENT Lomachenko showed plenty of grit in his 10th-round technical knockout of Linares, battling to the victory despite a knockdown and the shoulder injury.“When the injury happened, I was mentally prepared to deal with it,” Lomachenko said. “I still had my feet. I still had another hand. I am very competitive. I feel like when you step in the ring, you need to finish the fight.”Lomachenko acknowledged that training and sparring having provided the same test of his shoulder that will come against Pedraza.“We’ll see what happens,” he said.Puerto Rico’s Pedraza, 25-1 with 12 knockouts, is back in the world title mix after relinquishing his IBF super featherweight title in a technical knockout loss to Gervonta Davis in January of 2017.ADVERTISEMENT Deontay Wilder sees missed opportunity in first viewing of Tyson Fury draw He seized his WBO lightweight title with a unanimous decision over Ray Beltran on August 25.“The titles will return to Puerto Rico with me,” Pedraza vowed. “I know that it will not be an easy fight. I will be facing one of the best fighters in the world.“He has tremendous skills, but I know that I also have great skills and the necessary focus to come out with the victory.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES MOST READ No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk The Ukrainian, who suffered a torn labrum in his right shoulder in that bout and had surgery the same month, says he’s “100 percent” for his return.“It was good for me to rest,” said Lomachenko, whose outstanding amateur career included more than 800 fights and two Olympic gold medals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissHe claimed his first professional world title, at featherweight, in his third bout as a professional and added a super featherweight belt in his seventh pro fight on the way to his current 11-1 record.“I have been boxing since I was a child,” Lomachenko said. “I had a lot of competition. (Surgery) was my first rest and first big vacation in my life.” Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View commentslast_img

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