Vasyl Lomachenko Gets Called Out by Former Foe: “He Know I’m on His A**’

Published 08/17/2021, 1:30 PM EDT
LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 29: Vasyl Lomachenko smiles during the Vasiliy Lomachenko and Luke Campbell press conference in the lead up to there 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)


After grabbing a sensational TKO win over Masayoshi Nakatani in June, Vasyl Lomachenko is now eyeing a rematch against Teofimo Lopez for his lost lightweight titles. However, he is still receiving call-outs from the featherweight division, which he had left long back.

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While ‘Loma’ apparently has a rematch with Lopez in sight, Garry Russel Jr. has invited him for another rematch. The American featherweight star suffered the maiden and only loss of his pro career against Lomachenko in 2014. Subsequently, he has claimed 7 straight wins and is the WBC champion.

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Hence, the Maryland native expressed interest in re-matching his Ukrainian rival, irrespective of how Lomachenko fares in his next appearances.

In a chat with Snowqueenla, Garry Russel Jr. said, “Honestly, I don’t care what [Vasyl] Lomachenko does unless he is trying to fight me. They are my true feelings about him. I don’t care what Lomachenko do. He can lose his next 10 fights. It doesn’t matter, before the conclusion of my career, that’s the fight that I want again.”

“Man, he know I am on his a**. He gotta give, he gotta give an early Christmas gift.”

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With a 31-1 record, Russel Jr. is a top-tier threat to the other boxers at 126 lbs. He became the WBC champion in 2015 and has already secured five title defenses. However, a Lomachenko rematch may not happen anytime soon.

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Vasyl Lomachenko vs Garry Russel Jr. Can it happen?

Lomachenko, who seems active in the lightweight division, has shown zero interest in moving down to the featherweight unit. He has several big matchups that are potentially on his radar in the lightweight chain. Moreover, as he has already proven his worth in the featherweight unit, a rematch against Russel Jr. might not intrigue him to step up.

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)

Garry Russel Jr. has revealed that he isn’t hurrying to grab the match. Also, he will have his list of divisional contenders and mandataries to keep him busy at featherweight. That said, Russel Jr. wants to face Lomachenko, at least before he hangs his gloves. But, he may not get a window to schedule this fight unless he moves up.

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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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