Mike Tyson and Shakur Stevenson Agree Vasyl Lomachenko Is “Too Small” for the Lightweight Division

Published 05/01/2021, 3:00 PM EDT
LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 29: Vasiliy Lomachenko looks on as he speaks to the media during the Vasiliy Lomachenko and Luke Campbell press conference in the lead up to their WBC, WBA, WBO and Ring Magazine Lightweight World Title Fight at the Canary Riverside Plaza Hotel on August 29, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by James Chance/Getty Images)


The boxing fans have thoroughly ridiculed Vasyl Lomachenko after he lost the lightweight titles to Teofimo Lopez in a lopsided showdown last year. Although the Ukrainian boxer is considered one of the greatest lightweights ever, many have doubted his prowess at the 135 lbs division.

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It includes Mike Tyson and Shakur Stevenson, as they suggested that ‘The Matrix’ should ply his trade at 130 lbs. While Lomachenko seems eager to stage a return, Stevenson shared his opinion on the legendary lightweight puncher.

15-0 as a pro, Shakur ‘Fearless’ Stevenson, who appeared on Hotboxin’ with Mike Tyson, reflected his opinion on the former champion.

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“I would love to fight Lomachenko. I think that will be a [great fight] Yeah. Especially him coming off his loss, he is tryna prove himself. Then he would get back in the ring with another young killer,” said Shakur Stevenson.

He added, “I think he is too small for 135, I think he should come down at 130. I think 130 is more his weight.”

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 11: Vasiliy Lomachenko poses on the scale during his official weigh-in ahead of his unified lightweight title defense against Anthony Crolla at Los Angeles Convention Center on April 11, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)

The Heavyweight stalwart, Mike Tyson, also agreed that Lomachenko is “too small” for 135 lbs. Hence, the former 135 lbs champion can take a note and decide to shift a weight class if needed. However, Vasyl Lomachenko hasn’t expressed such intention, and his recent training videos cite him to be targeting a return on June 26.

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What’s next for Vasyl Lomachenko?

The 33-year-old ‘Loma’ has constantly demanded a rematch against Teofimo Lopez, but he hasn’t received it. Moreover, Lopez will now defend his titles against George Kambosos Jr. on June 5. So, a non-title fight can be an option for Lomachenko.

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A few months back, he touted a possible fight against WBC champion, Devin Haney. Nevertheless, it didn’t turn out to be fruitful and Haney will defend his title against Jorge Linares next. So, it left Vasyl Lomachenko without a viable contender.

However, considering his star power, ‘Loma’ may not have an issue in securing an opponent. Do you think Vasyl Lomachenko will return to the win column on his return to the ring?

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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