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April 04, 2017

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: VASYL LOMACHENKO
By G. Leon

"You still haven't seen the best of what I can do in the ring!"

GL: How has everything gone in preparation? What can we expect to see from you on HBO on April 8? Preparation was very good, there were no injuries everything is healthy. We're already here in Maryland. As far as what you can expect, you can expect boxing Hi-Tec style. GL: What do you know about Jason Sosa? What are your thoughts of him as a fighter? I know he's very strong and he's a very determined boxer. He's got good character and I know he will be fighting to the end, he will not quit.

GL: How did you get the nickname Hi Tec?

Vasyl Lomachenko: "I really don't know for sure how it happened, but after the first Olympics some reporters included it in their report and that's where it started."

GL: When you first came to the United States in 2013 you wanted to fight for a world title in your pro-debut. You wound up capturing the title in your third fight and have since established yourself as one of the very best pound for pound fighters in the world. What do you feel needs to be done to take your career to the next level to where you're headlining PPV on your way to becoming a transcendent star?

VL: "I'm not aiming to be on PPV, I"m not aiming to have a lot of people love me or all of these things. What I'm trying to do, I'm trying to become one of the people in boxing to make history. I want the history of boxing to remember my name and I want to be the number one pound for pound fighter."

GL: How much longer do you expect to stay at 130 lbs?

VL: "All depends on the other champions in this category. If the other champions want to step up and fight with me then I'll stay here. If not I will move up."

GL: I know you're taking it one step at a time and one fight at a time as you should, but how far up in weight do you think you'll be able to go while remaining as effective as you've been at featherweight and junior lightweight?

VL: "If you have a desire, you can go to 147 and 154, but it depends on how will I be able to show it, that's the question."

GL: Your job is to train hard and win the fights, but I know there's several guys who would make interesting fights with you. Is there anybody out there that you think the fans would want to see you fight that would further strengthen your position as the best fighter in the world?

VL: "Mikey Garcia or Jorge Linares would be very good fights that the fans would be interested in."

GL: Who is your favorite boxer of all time?

VL: "When I was a kid it was Mike Tyson and then when I got a little bit older it was Roy Jones Jr."

GL: Who is your favorite active boxer to watch?

VL: "I can't say who I like the most, but I can say one thing, I really like to watch good quality boxing."

GL: How do you think you've improved as a fighter since winning your first world title?

VL: "The easiest way I could say it is to say it's like I left from high school to go the university."

GL: That's an interesting way to put it, so when do you go to med school?

VL: "Right now. I'm there right now and I'm learning to become a professor."

GL: Well professor, what part of your boxing game do you feel needs the most improvement?

VL: "All areas, but I would say my defense more than anything else."

GL: Did you pattern yourself after Roy Jones Jr? Did you try to incorporate some of the things he was able to do into your game?

VL: "I was copying his moves from the time I was a kid and I think sometimes it shows in the ring. But I was five or six years old when I first started to practice his moves."

GL: I speak to Bob Arum and he calls you a magician and one of the best fighters he's ever seen. How do you feel about your relationship with Bob? Does his high praise put any extra pressure on you to live up to the expectations?

VL: "The relationship with me and Bob Arum has been more like a student and the teacher at a university. Every time he speaks about me highly and tells people about me, I need to prove it into the ring to make sure people don't look to him like he's just trying to do some PR work for me."

GL: How do you feel about fighting on the same show with Usyk and Gvozdyk? Are you having any flashbacks to the amateur days when you guys were all at the same tournaments?

VL: "Yes of course. It's big memories and flashes coming back. Yesterday the three of us were sitting in the sauna and I told them this feels like we're back at the Olympic games, so be fighting on the same show together is special for me."

GL: Is there anything you'd like to say in closing?

VL: "I just want to say to all of my Ukrainian and Russian fans for waking up at 5 in the morning to watch my fight, I would like to thank them and I'm very thankful for them. And for my American fans I want to say stay tuned and watch me because you haven't seen the best of what I can do in the ring."

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