Tonight at the Madison Square Garden arena in New York City, the #1 pound for pound boxer on the planet Vasyl Lomachenko returned to the ring to try and unify the 135lb world titles versus Jose Pedraza who is known as ‘The Sniper’.
The fight will be the headliner of a triple header on Top Rank’s ESPN Saturday Night’s Boxing event starting at 8pm EST. Despite having only 12 fights, Lomachenko is widely considered the greatest boxer in the game at the moment and is expected to be a future hall of famer.
Lomachenko has won world titles in three different weight classes, at featherweight, junior lightweight and lightweight and he is already in the record books for having tied the mark for the fewest fights needed to win a world title. (three)
Lomachenko also set the world record for having the fewest fights needed to win titles in two divisions (seven) and three divisions (12). This is the second time Lomachenko will headline an ESPN event and this is what he had to say about it:
“I want to unificate titles. It was my first goal when I come into the pros,” said Lomachenko, who was 396-1 as an amateur (avenging the loss twice) and won back-to-back Olympic gold medals for Ukraine in 2008 and 2012 as perhaps the greatest amateur ever. “I tried to unificate titles at 126, 130. Now I try to unificate titles at 135. Maybe this weight will be lucky for me.”
Check out the highlights: