Lomachenko Re­turns From In­jury in Lightwight Uni­fi­ca­tion Bout

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LON­DON (Dis­patches) - Vasiliy Lomachenko, the pound-for-pound star and WBA light­weight world cham­pion will look to unify world ti­tles for the first time Satur­day when he takes on WBO champ Jose Pedraza.

Three-divi­sion world cham­pion Lomachenko is re­turn­ing to the ring for the first time since climb­ing off the canvas to stop Venezuela’s Jorge Linares on May 12.

The Ukrainian, who suf­fered a torn labrum in his right shoul­der in that bout and had surgery the same month, says he’s “100 per­cent” for his re­turn.

“It was good for me to rest,” said Lomachenko, whose out­stand­ing ama­teur ca­reer in­cluded more than 800 fights and two Olympic gold medals. He claimed his first pro­fes­sional world ti­tle, at feather­weight, in his third bout as a pro­fes­sional and added a su­per feather­weight belt in his sev­enth pro fight on the way to his cur­rent 11-1 record .

“I have been box­ing since I was a child,” Lomachenko said. “I had a lot of com­pe­ti­tion. (Surgery) was my first rest and first big va­ca­tion in my life.”

Lomachenko showed plenty of grit in his 10th-round tech­ni­cal knock­out of Linares, bat­tling to the vic­tory de­spite a knock­down and the shoul­der in­jury.

“When the in­jury hap­pened, I was men­tally pre­pared to deal with it,” Lomachenko said. “I still had my feet. I still had an­other hand. I am very com­pet­i­tive. I feel like when you step in the ring, you need to fin­ish the fight.”

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