By Sam Volz: Vasyl Lomachenko predicts that he will fight Jamaine Ortiz on Saturday as usual.
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That is, Lomachenko (16-2, 11 KOs) will take his former sparring partner Ortiz (16-0-1, 8 KOs) to school when the two meet in the headliner on ESPN at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Lomachenko, 34, is keen to use a win over Ortiz to face lightweight champion Devin Haney next if his promoter Bob Arum can set up the fight.
Loma likes the four belts that Haney collected so well while he was busy in his country to defend the invaders.
If it wasn’t for Lomachenko going to fight, Haney would never have had the opportunity to fight former heavyweight champion George Kambosos Jr for his three belts.
It was Lomachenko that Kambosos Jr. wanted to fight, not Haney. The reason why Kambosos chose Haney was that Lomachenko chose to join the national security battalion in Ukraine when the war started eight months ago.
So in a big way, Haney is in debt to Lomachenko and clearing the way to fight one of the weakest champions in memory at 135.
“I didn’t focus on the fight I fought on October 29. What will happen after that. We’ll wait and see,” Vasyl Lomachenko told Fight Hub TV when asked if he would fight Devin Haney next.
“There’s talk that I’m going to be a contender, and I’m going to ask for a chance to fight Haney. I’ve had different conversations about that, but it depends on what’s new.
“Now he’s in our weight class, and what I can say is that with him and others, our weight class, it’s been very interesting. There are very few people who know what they are doing and know what to do.
“Now the question is for our promoters to prepare those fights and track them to keep the interest going.
“I don’t know what type of fight they are in right now, but I would venture to say that this fight is not going to happen in the near future,” Lomachenko said when asked about his thoughts on Ryan Garcia vs. Gervonta ‘Tank’. Davis said.
“Yes, of course,” Lomachenko said on whether he would want to fight Devin Haney if he wins against Jamaine Ortiz on Saturday night.
“I’m going to do what I always do,” Lomachenko said of his prediction for the Ortiz fight. “I will do my best and show my boxing style.”