Vasyl Lomachenko back in training

Vasyl Lomachenko posted a video of him training on Tuesday for what could be his next fight against Masayoshi Nakatani in the summer at lightweight. The former three-division world champion Lomachenko (14-2, 10 KOs) is said to be fighting on June 26th or July 10th against Nakatani (19-1, 13 KOs).

Top Rank hasn’t made the date of the fight official yet, but there should be something soon.

There’s no word yet whether the Lomachenko vs. Nakatani fight will be a lightweight title eliminator. It would make sense for it to be one.

This will be the first fight back for the 33-year-old Lomachenko since his loss to Teofimo Lopez last October on ESPN pay-per-view.

Lomachenko will be under a microscope

Boxing fans will be looking at Lomachenko closely for signs of slippage when he takes on Nakatani. Some fans believe Lomachenko is over-the-hill because of the way he failed to let his hands go in the first six rounds.

Masayoshi Nakatani, Vasiliy Lomachenko - Boxing News

Lomachenko wanted a rematch to try and avenge his loss, but Teofimo said, “What for?” Instead, Teofimo is taking on his mandatory George Kambosos Jr, possibly in June, and after that, he plans on fighting WBC 135-lb champion Devin Haney.

The only way Lomachenko will get a rematch with Teofimo is if he’s made mandatory to one of the belts that he holds, and even then, it’s not a certainty.

The two-time Olympic gold medalist Lomachenko would be the first to tell you that he wasn’t at his best for the Lopez fight, partly due to a shoulder injury that he had.

Further, Lomachenko failed to let his hands go in the first six rounds while downloading information on how to beat Teofimo.

Once Loma figured Teofimo out, he battered him throughout the second half of the fight and made it look surprisingly easy.

Masayoshi Nakatani coming off a career-best win

Nakatani stopped Felix Verdejo in the ninth round last December in a fight shown on ESPN in Las Vegas, Nevada.

It was one of the best fights of the year, as the 5’11” Nakatani had to rise off the deck twice in getting dropped in the first and fourth rounds. In the ninth, Nakatani took out a weary Verdejo after dropping him two times.

Before that contest, Nakatani lost a 12 round unanimous decision to Teofimo Lopez in 2019.

It was a good fight with the way that Nakatani forced Lopez out of his comfort zone, and him visibly upset at his inability to dominate the way he’d grown accustomed to.

 

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9 thoughts on “Vasyl Lomachenko back in training”

  1. @ Alex… Watch the bout well…
    Teofimo won round 1 3 4 5 6 12

    Loma won rounds 2 7 8 9 10 11….

    A draw waw what should have happened . If teofimo is a real champ he should give loma a rematch…

  2. And if I recall Loma did say he was a hundred percent coming into this fight about a week before the fight happened. Now after his loss he saying that he had a shoulder injury. I’m a big Loma fan myself but it’s clearly that he did lose this fight.

  3. Lomo is my favorite fighter but I do believe he needs to stay at 130 pounds where he’s Unstoppable

  4. Its simple, lopez doesn’t want to rematch loma because of the fact he couldn’t finish him while injured. And loma schooled him in the second half of the fight. The point he is that lopez is strong but couldn’t knock out loma while injured, so if loma would have been 100% lopez would have lost the fight on the score cards or loma would have maybe knocked him out via body blows. You talk all you want about loma being over the hill but lopez is scared to lose the titles and the money. He has a large target on his back right now so he eventually will have to face a healthy loma and i guarantee the outcome wont be anywhere close to there first match.

  5. He made a comeback in rounds 7-11 but lost round 12. It was a good fight, definitely closer than the judges scorecards but Lopez clearly won.

    • I agree, a lost is always good for a fighter to be humbled and re focus himself to get back to championship form. Loma was champion for a reason in 3 different weight classes. Lopez is young but lets see when he meets a fighter with his same power and skill level, i bet he’ll shut down because of lack of experience to make adjustments. Your corner can tell what to do, but they’re not on the receiving end of the punches.

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