By Brian Webber: Vasyl Lomachenko will fight Jermaine Ortiz tonight in a fight that he hopes will lead to him challenging Devin Haney for his next light heavyweight title.
Lomachenko (16-2, 11 KOs) insists he’s not looking after Ortiz (16-0-1, 8 KOs), but clearly, that’s something that’s on his mind. Loma wants to be a champion at 135, and this may be his only chance to achieve that feat.
If Lomachenko hadn’t spent the better part of this year defending his country in response to the Russian invasion, he would likely be the undisputed champion now that former heavyweight champion George Kambosos Jr. is set to defend him. instead of Haney. .
“He’s good, he’s smart, and he showed why he’s twice as good as George Kambosos,” Vasyl Lomachenko told Top Rank Boxing about Devin Haney.
“I wouldn’t consider it heroic. It’s something we all do,” Lomachenko said when asked if he was happy Haney made the double trip to Melbourne, Australia, to face Kambosos. in his country.
“He traveled to another country. He won and went back. It is a common practice.”
“Yeah, that’s definitely a fight I’m going to entertain,” Haney said when asked by ESPN if he’d be interested in Lomachenko’s next fight.
“He’s on the A side. It means more to me than it does to him because he’s now the undisputed world champion,” Lomachenko said. “He can say, ‘I don’t need Loma. I can tell [Gervonta] Davis or [Ryan] Garcia or Shakur.
“Even if he wants to fight at home, I will go there as long as the belt is at stake. I am willing to do whatever it takes. I don’t want to put the cart before the horse,” Lomachenko said when asked how he would fight Haney.
“I chose to fight Ortiz because he’s an undefeated boxer, a young and skilled boxer. I’ve been with him before. It’s not easy. He’s very fast. He feels far, he works. with his feet very well and he understands boxing.
“If you’re talking about the world champion, you need to be the world champion for all the belts,” Lomachenko said when asked why he wants to be undisputed. “You can’t be world champion if you only carry one or two belts.”