Vasyl Lomachenko is out to prove that he can more than handle the bigger fighters when he moves up in weight to challenge WBA lightweight champion Jorge Linares at Madison Square Garden in New York on Saturday night.
The two weight world champion, from Ukraine, has so far fought men either the same size or smaller than himself but now he wants to prove he can maintain his impressive form against the bigger fighters.
“For me, it’s a big challenge because before this fight, I fought against guys who were the same size or a little bit smaller than me,” said Lomachenko . “Now, I want to feel the way [Guillermo] Rigondeaux felt when he fought me.
“He was smaller than me at that point. I am going to be smaller than my opponents now. I want to show people it’s not a big problem, that five pounds is not too big of a difference.”
Lomachenko also revealed he took very little time to decide to accept the Linares fight: “I wanted to go up to the next weight category, 135 pounds, and fight only champions. Jorge Linares was available for this moment. That’s why I wanted a fight with him. I was asked if I wanted to fight Linares. It took me less than two seconds to accept the challenge. “