Vasyl Lomachenko Says He Can Box With One Hand, Believes He Was Not 100% Against Teofimo Lopez

Published 06/22/2021, 7:50 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 17: In this handout image provided by Top Rank, Vasiliy Lomachenko fights Teofimo Lopez Jr in their Lightweight World Title bout at MGM Grand Las Vegas Conference Center on October 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank via Getty Images)


One of the prominent faces of the lightweight division, Vasyl Lomachenko is finally set to make his comeback this weekend. He will confront Masayoshi Nakatani in a sheer 12-round war and will look to get his boxing stint back on track. This is predominantly because he lost his previous fight against Teofimo Lopez and lost all his hard-earned lightweight straps.

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Recently, Lomachenko spoke to Top Rank Boxing and put some spotlight on that loss. He said, “I believe in 100 percent, I can do this with one hand. Maybe one and a half hand”

“I never showed my 100 percent, my skill because always it was some little problem”

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 17: In this handout image provided by Top Rank, Vasiliy Lomachenko punches Teofimo Lopez Jr in their Lightweight World Title bout at MGM Grand Las Vegas Conference Center on October 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank via Getty Images)

In that 12-round tussle, ‘Loma’ began the fight on a slow note. Citing that, ‘The Takeover’ took advantage of the same and went full throttle against the Ukrainian boxer. Halfway through the fight, Lopez was all over Lomachenko. But after that, the southpaw took control of the ring and commenced his assault on Lopez.

He overpowered Lopez until the last bell of the fight. However, that wasn’t enough for him to win this clash. Since then, Lomachenko has asked for a rematch against the unified lightweight champ, but the latter has moved on to face George Kambosos Jr.

Moving further, ‘Loma’ has accepted that loss and he’s still optimistic about beating Lopez once he locks horns with him again. Also, his Saturday night contest against Nakatani might turn out to be his ticket to reach the American boxer once again for a rematch.

Can Vasyl Lomachenko put his boxing stint back on track?

The Ukrainian boxer is one of the biggest boxing talents at present. Despite ending up on the losing vertical against Lopez, he still proved his mettle.

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That said, Lomachenko can seek some positives out of his last fight. And consequently, apply those learnings to his Saturday night bout.

The fans and fighters around the globe are all ecstatic to see how the former lightweight champ fares in this fight. It’ll be intriguing to see if he really puts on a clinical performance in this fight.

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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